Monday, 18 March 2013 07:07

A Day that Will Test Chastain

It’s a big park, but Chastain will get a big test this coming Saturday. With four days to go, 3,460 have signed up for a Saturday afternoon beer and wine festival in the park’s blue lot, just north of the amphitheater. That’s the same day NYO holds its annual team picture day, drawing hundreds of players and coaches in addition to regularly scheduled games on the second full weekend of a new baseball season. 


For $35, according to the web site of Living Social, the event’s sponsor, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. patrons can have unlimited samples of more than 100 beers and wines, hear live music from an 80’s tribute band, watch basketball on six flat-screen TVs, visit the brand-new two-story Budweiser lounge and purchase food from Atlanta’s ‘best’ food trucks.  For $45, the cost  of a VIP pass, you can arrive an hour earlier to meet winemakers and brewers and get a lanyard beer glass holder.

Monday, 18 March 2013 17:39

Meet us on the PATH!

Conservancy Board Members and friends were out "on the PATH" near the Chastain Park Tennis Center this past weekend meeting with walkers and joggers and talking about the exciting new park improvement projects -- Walk Chastain and Play Chastain.  If you missed the opportunity to hear about the projects, please stop by, visit us this weekend and hear about how you can participate in making Chastain Park cleaner, greener and safer!  We will be in the CPC tent on Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00 PM and again on Sunday from noon until 4:00 PM.  See you on the PATH!

Sunday, 17 March 2013 00:34

The People of Chastain (and Their Dogs)

Spend two hours on the corner of Wieuca and Powers Ferry Roads and you learn a lot about the people who call Chastain Park theirs. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors and ages. They smile and make eye contact easily. They love their dogs and they lover their babies --- their walking or running companions on leashes or in strollers. They’re unfailingly polite and eager to learn a little about their park and the Conservancy that works to make it better for them.


It’s a brilliant Saturday afternoon. The sky is blue and the temperature nudges past 70 degrees. It’s the last weekend of winter, but the buds on the nearby trees already register spring. Conservancy board members are out for the first of two weekends, trying to add to the 1,200 who already support their organization.

Thursday, 14 March 2013 17:04

Walk Chastain Concept Presentation

The Walk Chastain team will present preliminary concepts for the Powers Ferry path to the public for feedback at the end of March.    Members of the working group, comprised of representatives from the Chastain Park Conservancy, PATH Foundation, City of Atlanta Parks Department, Chastain Park Civic Association, Lowe Engineering and landscape architect firm Site Solutions, are making progress on plans to widen and improve safety along the Powers Ferry path.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 17:05

A Playground for Children, by Children

Kids understand play and playgrounds. Cynthia Gentry, the creative force behind the new playground at Chastain Park, understands kids. And kids, Cynthia will tell you, provide her best ideas. 


Watch children play with cardboard boxes on a grassy slope or visit a classroom and ask them to draw pictures of their ideal playground (Cynthia has done both), and you discover the source of the zip lines, big slides, oversized swings and the treehouse --- most especially the treehouse --- proposed for Chastain. 


A child’s imagination knows no financial bounds, which means Chastain Conservancy board member Bill Caldwell, a landscape architect with Harrison Design who turns ideas into reality, has his work cut out for him. ‘I just throw in my ‘wouldn’t it be cool if . . .?’ from time to time,’ Cynthia says, crediting Bill with the heavy lifting. 

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 02:12

Like Uncle Sam, Chastain Wants You!

It began with a cadre of Chastain Park Conservancy board members buttonholing anyone on the PATH who would listen to them. Mary Dodson, one of the Conservancy’s founders, proudly called it ‘accosting’ for memberships. She was good at it, often joining a walker or runner as she made her pitch.


Today, it’s called March Madness, but it’s not to be confused with that college basketball event that concludes in Atlanta in a few weeks. The work Mary started and that Conservancy membership chair Earl Young continues has grown to 1,200 families. In 2012, they contributed more than $120,000, a significant piece of the Conservancy’s $300,000 annual budget. The 1,200 families who have joined the Conservancy in the past two years is a record --- a mark to be broken every year.

Monday, 11 March 2013 18:30

Sip, Savor and Support the CPC

You will not want to miss the 3rd Annual Wine and Gourmet Food event.  Sponsored by Savi Market, the event will take place on Saturday, April 20th from 7:00 to 11:00 PM at the home of JP and Linda Matzigkeit on Pineland.  Mingle with friends, sip remarkable wines, taste artisan cheeses, hors d'oeuvres and gourmet chocolates.

Friday, 08 March 2013 03:59

An NYO Coach's Favorite Place

Brad Glenn, who grew up on NYO’s baseball fields and has managed teams there most of his adult life, replied to the question, ‘What is your favorite place in Chastain Park?’  The Conservancy posed it and invited contributions, which are still welcome.

While nearly every NYO field merits a mention, another spot gets Brad’s nod. The reason, or reasons, are in the picture with this story: Tova, Brad’s wife, and their three children, Jaren, who turns 5 this month, Harper, 1, and Noah, 7.  Jaren and Noah are following in their daddy’s cleat marks.  Each benefits from his coaching. Here is Brad's reply:

It’s 5 o’clock on a weekday afternoon in April, and your child’s game is starting. You pull into the NYO lot and every parking spot is taken. Your car snakes through the lot at a crawl, back toward the exit that requires a perilous turn onto Wieuca Road. Precious minutes are lost and you are no closer to finding a place to park.

NYO Chairman Larry Bennett has a solution.  It calls for a new one-way stretch of road with 189 angled parking spots that extends from the gym, loops between the Blackwell Field and the golf course and exits onto Lake Forrest Drive as it connects with the parking lot at the Austin Armstrong Field of Dreams.  The new parking is in addition to NYO’s existing 325 spots on the asphalt and the nearby unpaved gulch and could be ready this time next year.

Bennett’s plan is the centerpiece of a $1,250,000 capital campaign that has already netted about $500,000 --- the cost of the new road with its 189 parking slots. Hurdles remain, but Bennett vows, ‘This is going to happen.’  And when Larry Bennett puts his shoulder into something, it usually happens --- on time and within budget.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 21:03

Walk Chastain Update

The City of Atlanta and Chastain Park Conservancy volunteers completed removal of invasive plant material and scrub brush near the Nancy Creek Bridge off Powers Ferry Road.  The area was cleared for a site line for the Walk Chastain survey work. 

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