YWCA Gets Much Needed Makeover

Last Friday October 19, close to 200 volunteers descended on the YWCA on N. Highland Avenue to give the 88-year old building a much needed makeover.

Workers inside ripped out and replaced carpet, repainted walls and power-cleaned fixtures. Outside crews focused on pressure washing hard sufaces, trimming branches from trees, replacing rotten timbers in the playground and generally sprucing up the landscaping. Dignitaries were on hand for a dedication and morning photo session.

The volunteers were provided by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia (BOMA) as part of their annual community service project. Scroll down to view photos of the clean-up as it happened. Click on any of the photos for a larger image.

Exterior shot before clean-up.

Volunteers were treated to coffee and pastries before getting to work.

Friendly staff greeted volunteers at the registration table.

These generous businesses sponsored the makeover.

BOMA staff and local elected officials posed for photographs before work began.

Work gets underway in the playground area along Hudson Drive.

Volunteers replaced rotten timbers in the playground area.

Out with the old carpet...

...and in with the new carpet.

Volunteers prep the inside for painting.

New paint going on the walls.

Volunteers had assistance reaching hard-to-get-to places.

Progress was made quickly with so many folks on hand to help.

Volunteers had to reach some tough to get to places.

All the old carpet was removed and new carpet was installed throughout.

Interior fixtures received a deep cleaning.

Stairwells were gutted and cleaned.

The lift was indispensable in reaching the tall ceiling.

Here comes the new carpet.

Pressure washing the front steps.

Trimming limbs from a large tree in the property's front yard.

Volunteers doing some repair work at the entranceway.

More playground work.

Landscaping and timber replacement near the corner of N. Highland Ave. and Hudson Dr.

Pressure washing front sidewalk.

Inside looking newer and cleaner.


'After' shot of front of building, pressure washed and with some spruced-up landscaping.



Reminder to Bag Fall Leaves for Removal

By: Peggy Berg

With the onset of fall, VaHi residents will once again be treated to the beauty of the seasonal color change – and the challenge of dealing with all those lovely little leaves when they finally fall from their branches.

As you implement your leaf removal plan this year, we’d like to remind you that it’s not only discourteous to your neighbors and bad for our ancient and over-burdened sewer system to blow leaves into the street instead of bagging them for city pick-up, but it’s illegal as well.

In a nutshell, the city requires that all property owners bag their leaves in biodegradable paper bags for pick up. There are penalties – including fines – for failure to bag leaves for removal appropriately. If you do your own leaf clean-up, please bag your leaves for city removal. If a yard service does it for you, please require them to bag the yard waste.

If you’re interested in perusing the applicable city code, follow this link. Enter the section of code you’re looking for in the search box in the upper right hand corner of the page. The applicable sections are:

Section 130-36: Removal of yard trimmings

Section 74-601 through 74-611: Unlawful disposal of litter


Volunteers Needed This Weekend to Help with VaHi Triangle Planting

Grab your garden gloves and a water bottle and come join your neighbors for some fall planting this weekend at the VaHi triangle park at the corner of Virginia and N. Highland avenues (in front of Taco Mac and Murphy’s).

The group will be planting some colorful fall annuals Sunday, October 7th starting at 1 p.m., but drop by any time – even as Streets Alive gets going – and contribute whatever time you care to donate. No gardening knowledge is necessary and it’s a great way to help keep Virginia-Highland beautiful and vibrant. Who knows? You might even meet some new neighbors!

Contact Nonie Daniel at info@noniesgarden.com with questions or comments.


Photo Essay: New Highland Park Construction

After nearly four years of fund-raising, designing, permit applications and contractor selection, construction began in mid-September on the new park at N. Highland Ave. and St. Charles Place. Read more about plans for the new park here.

For those not able to stop by and see the progress as its made, we thought we’d publish a few photos so you can see how things are shaping up. Construction activity continued last week with the installation of custom concrete caps on top of the granite columns along N. Highland, the laying of sod throughout the park’s interior, and installation of native plants along the new pathway, on top of the bio-retention pond and in the area to the east of the granite seating wall. Two picnic tables have been installed near the sidewalk along N. Highland. Our tremendous new green space is actually becoming reality.

We’ve posted a few recent photos below. Click here to view an album of all pictures taken since park construction began. We’ll provide additional updates as progress continues.


Plant flowers at Triangle

Please join us this Sunday 4/15 at 1 PM at the VaHi Triangle (Virginia-Highland intersection, across from Taco Mac’s) as we install annual and perennial flowers. Most of the plants are in gallon or 4” pots, so there will be no heavy lifting or tilling. Please bring your own gloves, drinking water, and – if have one – a trowel. (We’ll have some extras.)

Questions? Write us at parks@vahi.org or call Nonie at (678) 641-8485.


Workday in Orme Park 3/24

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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
Independent Stylist, Stella & Dot


Come help landscape the Triangle 3/18!

Join us this Sunday, March 18 at 1:00 pm as we work together and execute the VHCA’s landscape plan at the Triangle (in front of Taco Mac at the corner of Virginia Avenue and North Highland). Bring gloves and shovels if you have them.  We will also provide tools. We’ll be raking, spreading, shoveling and planting. No experience necessary. Adults only, please.

Contact Nonie Daniel at info@noniesgarden.com or Lauren Wilkes Fralick at lauren.fralick@gmail.com with questions.

Triangle at N. Highland & Virginia: View plans

VHCA resident and Master Gardener Nonie Daniels has developed a proposed plan for the Triangle at Virginia and N. Highland. Click on the image at left to enlarge. You can meet with Nonie and the VHCA Parks Committee this coming Sunday 2/26/12 from 1 to 1:30 and hear more about the plan. Your comments and thoughts are welcome then, or you may send them to parks@vahi.org.


We did it! — Cunard Playground

We did it! Thanks for everyone’s sweat and tears on Saturday! We had over 400 volunteers help us install the playground equipment, plant the Cunard Memorial Garden, and beautify John Howell Park. Volunteers came from as far away as Seattle, Washington and from Canton, Marietta and Flowery Branch, too! We were especially touched to have Brad’s family come from Monticello and Lisa’s brother from North Carolina.

Each volunteer put his or her whole heart and soul into the assigned tasks and truly made a difference. We know that Brad sends his thanks and appreciation for everyone’s contribution to the project.

We especially would like to thank all of the business that either donated materials, food or goods for our build day. (We’re still compiling the list of generous contributors!)

Virginia-Highland is a great neighborhood and we thank each of you for making it even better!

We look forward to seeing you at the Opening Ceremonies in March 2004 (date to be determined) and at Summerfest on June 5th and 6th !

Kevin Cronin
VHCA President

Cynthia Gentry
Cunard Memorial Playground Chair