Park Pride Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary with Free King of Pops at Orme Park

IMG_5777Park Pride’s 25th anniversary is this year and they’re celebrating by giving away FREE King of Pops at 25 different parks around the city. Thank you, Park Pride, for choosing Orme Park to help you celebrate!  Come to the park’s main entrance this Sunday, July 27th from 3:00 to 3:30 pm for your free pop. Supplies are limited and it’s first come, first served so get there early if you want a free pop.

Park Pride is committed to helping serve the community by improving local parks and green spaces. Park Pride has been a partner with Orme Park through Friends of Orme Park, which participated in Park Pride’s Park Visioning Program in 2007. Later, a partial grant for Phase I construction was awarded which helped cover the cost of moving the playground, and constructing new seating walls and our grand entrance.  Park Pride also provides volunteers and tools for Orme Park work days.

We hope to see you this Sunday from 3:00 to 3:30 at Orme Park!  Please help make this a green event by walking or biking over.

And, if you’d like to help make our park shine in the many pictures that will be taken at the event, please come by Saturday at 9:00 am for a quick park clean-up.

Thank you!

Orme Park Flier

Turtle Nest Found in Orme Park

DSC_0020While walking their dogs in Orme Park recently, Paige Cucchi and her husband Sean saw something you don’t see every day: a snapping turtle laying her eggs in the middle of the walking path on the park’s northeastern edge (across from 818 Brookridge).

The Cucchi’s placed some sticks and warning tape around the nest to protect it from being trampled by other walkers, then notified the VHCA. Volunteers rushed over and put up temporary plastic fencing to better protect the nest until the eggs hatch in late July or early August.

DSC_0019When the eggs hatch, the young turtles will most likely try to make their way to the nearby creek. During this time the young turtles will be very vulnerable to predators, including unleashed dogs. As the time for the eggs to hatch draws nearer, we will cut a hole in the fencing so the turtles can escape and erect additional fencing to protect and guide the turtles as they make their way to the creek.

Please do not disturb the nest or the fencing and ask your friends and neighbors to do the same.

DSC_0018If there are any residents who’d like to help discourage vandalism and increase the turtles’ survival chances by forming a watch committee, please let us know at parks@vahi.org. Might be something fun and interesting for the kids to do during the long, hot summer.

Traffic Backup at Orme Park

VHCA Board President Jack White captured these rare images last week of a traffic tie-up – at Orme Park.

Witnesses say a group of patrons was heading home from a busy day at the park when the lead vehicle apparently encountered an obstacle it couldn’t overcome. No word on the whereabouts of any of the drivers involved or why they abandoned their vehicles so quickly (although rumor has it nap time was a contributing factor).

If you’re out and about in the ‘hood and capture an image you think speaks to life in VaHi – and you wouldn’t mind sharing it with your neighbors – send it to communications@vahi.org. Include a caption if you like. We’ll post the best ones for everyone to enjoy.

Orme Park Cleanup and Potluck Scheduled for Saturday, June 8

Friends of Orme Park coordinator CC Davis posted the following on their Facebook page:

Cleanup and Potluck at Orme Park

Break out your shovels and work gloves! We’re having a cleanup day to spruce up our neighborhood gem.

Donuts, coffee and water provided for volunteers.

Saturday June 8th, 9:00 – 11:30 am.

Once the Saturday work is done, the Sunday fun can begin. Join us for a potluck dinner! Please bring a dish to share with your neighbors.

Sunday June 9th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

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Santa, Caroling Coming to Orme Park

SANTA’S COMING!

On Friday afternoon November 30 residents will gather at Orme Park from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. for a visit from Santa Claus! Skip the crowds at the mall and come on out to have your picture taken with Santa for a $5 donation to the Friends of Orme Park. Friends of Orme Park pays for new sand for the sandbox and general upkeep of the park and playground. Residents will also decorate the Critter Tree so come out and join in the holiday fun for kids of all ages.

6TH ANNUAL CAROLING EVENT

On Sunday evening December 2 residents will gather at 6:30 for a dessert pot-luck and caroling around the Critter Tree. Hot chocolate and song sheets will be provided!  Please bring a dessert to share with your neighbors.

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The sand is coming! The sand is coming! Please join us for a neighborhood workday at Orme Park on Saturday, March 24th from 9:00 to 11:30. We will be joined by Boy Scout Troop 455. In addition to moving the sand into the sandbox, there will be a few other clean-up items to take care of.

Bring your wheelbarrow from home – we will need as many as possible! There will be hot Krispy Kreme doughnuts (but bring your own coffee) …. please come! There will also be a donation bucket to help Friends of Orme Park pay for the sand as the City does not provide sand to local sandboxes. Hope to see you there!

CC Davis
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Halloween Weekend Events

This will be a busy weekend for family activities.

Saturday morning from 9 to 11 there will be a cleanup in Orme Park – bring your gloves, trimmers and pruners to clear out invasive shrubs and enhance the recent repainting of the bridge.

Saturday afternoon at 4 – get dressed up in Halloween garb (adults, children and dogs), and bring a potluck dish to share, at the annual Atkins Park Halloween party in the new parkland at North Highland Avenue @ St. Charles Place.

Sunday morning – the Atlanta Marathon will be coming north on North Highland Avenue, west on Virginia Avenue, and then turning onto Park Drive to go to Piedmont Park. Plan your Sunday morning driving route accordingly. www.atlantamarathon.org

Sunday afternoon – get dressed up in your Halloween garb again to attend the Orme Swarm at Orme Park from 4 to 6. Bring a potluck dish to share as well as your drinks and blankets for seating.

Monday evening – traditional “trick or treat” night. Drive carefully this evening.

All of these events provide an excellent way to meet new neighbors.

Orme Park Bridge Cleanup

Our diligent VaHi graffiti czar, Laura Voisinet, has announced a graffiti paintover under the bridge to be held Monday 9/26 from 5:30 til dark. Laura also wants to clean out the underbrush from this area – so wear old clothes, bring along your gloves along with pruners to help in this effort to produce a safer environment at the edge of this very popular park. Cleaning out the brush in this area will make it a less hospitable place for local teens to gather. Please send a RSVP to Laura at laura.voisinet@gmail.com if you can participate so she will have plenty of paint rollers and other supplies available. APD has responded to my requests for additional patrol checks under the bridge and the under-the-bridge gatherings seem to have greatly tapered off.

Residents of this immediate area and park users have a very obvious obligation to help keep this area safe and clean – so please support Laura in her efforts. This is all a vital part of the “broken window” theory of crime prevention.

Voice – Fall 2011

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- Summerfest success
- President’s corner: volunteer for the board!
- Safety update: street captains, graffiti removal
- New Highland Park brick purchases
- 2011 Gold List of neighborhood businesses
- Street tree do’s and don’ts
- Patrols expand in VaHi and Old Fourth Ward
- VaHi history book published
- Parks update: Orme and New Highland
- Bella Cucina
- Repairs coming near Chevron and The Cavern
- Garrison Afterschool expands

Voice – Summer 2011

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- Summerfest
- Recent accomplishments of VHCA
- Maintaining curb appeal
- Funding received to benefit Orme and New Highland parks
- Rosedale Dr./N. Virginia intersection improvements made
- New businesses (Catalyst, Genki)
- History Part XI

Voice – Winter 2010-11

Published late November 2010
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- Get ready to do the tour (Tour of Homes)
- President’s corner by Aly Higgins
- Group works to rid VaHi of graffiti, by Victoria Hathcox and Laura Voisinet
- Planning continues for construction of New Highland Park, improvements to Orme Park: Both projects could see groundbreaking in early 2010, by Pamela Papner
- Green Dream fundraising
- VHCA wants Atlanta Gas Light to repave streets adversely impacted by recent line work: Gas company meets some, not all, of neighborhood’s cleanup requests
- Spotlight on public safety: keep your dollars at home! by John Wolfinger
- History of Virginia-Highland, Part IX
- Restaurant review: Goin’ Coastal
- New burger joint opens in VaHi

Unleashed Dogs

I have gotten some reports lately about unleashed dogs being allowed to run in the playground area of Orme Park while children are at play. Just remember all dogs are to be on a leash on city park grounds at all times. There also seems to be some misinformation going around that there will be an off-leash dog area in this park as part of the renovation plans – this is not true as this park is not large enough to accommodate such a facility. The nearest off-leash dog play area is in Piedmont Park near the Park Drive entrance.

Voice – Spring 2010

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- Triangle island renovation nears completion
- Home Tour recap
- Local Haiti relief efforts continue
- President’s Corner: Callanwolde silent auction results
- SPARK students introduced to debate
- Spotlight on Grady High School
- Grow fruit in your garden
- Streetscape update
- Green Dream silent auction a success
- Safety update: Reed administration and the APD
- Orme Park Phase One improvements
- How healthy are your trees?
- History part VI
- Col. Mustard reviews Rosebud

VaHi Silent Auction/Dinner Event

This fundraising event to benefit our newly purchased parkland on North Highland and improvements to Orme Park to be held next Friday evening the 22nd at Callanwolde provides an excellent social venue to meet more of your neighbors, as well as help fund our greenspace plans. Ticket purchase info and details of the auction are at www.vahi.org See you there!

Our Neighborhood Middle and High School Students

I just recently have had some e-mails and phone conversations with some folks concerned about activities in the Cunard playground area of John Howell Park and under the bridge at Orme Park. A couple of other neighborhood folks and myself will be having a brain-storming session with Dr. Bockman at Inman School soon – so if you have stories or suggested solutions – let me know at safety@vahi.org Graffiti is only part of the problem here.

Voice – Winter 2007-8

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- Phase II Streetscape plans finalized
- President’s Corner
- 2007 Tour of Homes recap
- Area homes included on tour of kitchens
- Zipcar comes to VaHi
- VaHi Safety Team report
- Neighborhood preservation initiative gains steam
- Trees Atlanta visits VaHi
- The Bus Stop: school news
- Col. Mustard reviews La Tavola
- Intown cycling: family style
- Orme Park master plan takes shape, by Jack White

Voice – Winter 2004

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- Find out how the Joneses live and support your community (Tour of Homes)
- Civic Association award more than $40,000 to local organizations
- Letter from the President, by Kevin Cronin (opposing Piedmont Park parking deck)
- Orme Park drainage problems to be addressed
- MARTA oughta to be smarta, by Chip Gallagher
- Tour of Homes 2004 (description and picture of each picture)
- This could be you: sad shamed and sued, by Chip Gallagher
- Five taxi stands should reduce traffic problems
- Civic association offers funds for off-duty police patrols, by Jean Ellen Jones
- The Good Neighbor (portrait of Cynthia Gentry, who led efforts to build Cunard playground at John Howell Park), by Nonie Daniel
- The Highland Hoer: Time for outdoor cleanup, by John Wolfinger
- Community survey form

Orme Park Cleanup

Saturday, October 16 at 3 p.m. We’ll work from 3 – 5:30 or 6 p.m. and then have a cookout. Kids from Hillside Hospital have volunteered to help clean the park and they’d love neighbors to participate! Bring your work gloves, clippers, etc. if you have them (if not, we’ll have extras) and then stay to enjoy a cookout! Side dishes are welcome, but mostly, we’d love to see you and your family there! Please contact Pete Bartlewski petebartlewski@hside.org or Dawn Shipp dawnshipp@pobox.com with any questions.

Voice – Fall 1991

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- The taming of Piedmont Park – traffic and illegal activity around perimeter of park
- Piedmont Park’s combined sewer overflow controversy – the anatomy of a setback, by I. E. Saporta, architect
- Letter to the editor by Ruthie and Tom Penn-David in cautious support of Summerfest (and not “Drunkfest”)
- A day in the life of Orme Park, by Vicky Favorite and Yvonne Weatherly
- Summerfest opinion – residents and businesses speak out
- Adopted highway “Ponce” needs your help
- Moving right along with (John Howell Park) plans, by Jerry Bright
- Schools update
- What a weekend! Summerfest ’91. Over $2100 raised!
- Doing your share: recycling is so easy in VaHi, by Nan Hunter
- Carefree vacations, by Maggie Baron
- Library forced to reduce hours, services, by Kathy Couch
- The new YWCA offers relief, renewal, by Vicky Favorite
- Report to taxpayers on financial issues affecting the Atlanta Public Schools, by Joseph G. Martin, Jr., president
- Morningside PTA fundraiser has something for everyone, by Ginny Connelly
- Home Alone: Security for children with working parents, by Ken Lavine
- Better bicycling