Park Pride Hosts “Pints for Parks” on May 3

By Jack White and David Brandenberger, VHCA Parks Committee

imageLongtime metro Atlanta parks advocates Park Pride will hold their annual spring social and fundraiser Tuesday, May 3rd from 6 PM to 9 PM. The event will feature cycling and walking stops at four BeltLine eateries – The Mercury, Rathbun’s, Richards’ Southern Fried, and Venkman’s. Co-sponsor Orpheus Brewery will provide samples of its products and a brewery tour, and there’s a silent auction and more.

Your $35 ticketed donation will support an organization that has made generous grants to every one of Virginia-Highland’s parks. Sign up early and you can be part of a bike ride with the city’s Chief Bicycle Officer, Becky Katz. Yes, there really is such an office in Atlanta government, and Becky holds it. She and Rebecca Serna of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition are two major reasons the city has made the cycling progress it has. Go meet Becky and support Park Pride; you’ll enjoy doing both.

For more information, click here or on the flyer to the right.

Volunteers Make a Difference at John Howell Park

The VHCA would like to thank Park Pride and MSL Group for providing 20+ volunteers who spent last Friday morning sprucing up parts of John Howell Park.

These awesome volunteers mulched around the plants along Virginia Ave., sanded a bench near the Phoenix Flies statue in the middle of park and pitched in to help complete an erosion control project between the eastern and central sections of the park. The volunteers – who work for Midtown PR firm MSL Group and were coordinated by Park Pride – went the extra mile in helping improve VaHi’s largest park and we really appreciate their time and efforts.

Thanks again to Park Pride, PP’s volunteer manager John Ahern and the generous, hard-working team from MSL Group!

Scroll down for some photos of the group hard at work last Friday morning.

Volunteers get their assignments and initial instructions from Park Pride's John Ahern.

Volunteers get their assignments and initial instructions from Park Pride’s John Ahern.

The VHCA's Jack White provides instruction on the fine art of bench sanding while David Brandenberger talks erosions control with volunteers.

The VHCA’s Jack White provides instruction on the fine art of bench sanding while David Brendengerger talks erosion control with volunteers.

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We love mulching!!

We love mulching!!

We love sanding benches!!

We love sanding benches!!

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Working on the goat path...

Working on the goat path…

Jack White supervising construction of the non-stairway that will eventually bear his name. Well, not really...

Jack White supervising construction of the non-stairway that will eventually bear his name. Well, not really…

Thanks for the help, MSL Group!

Thanks for the help, MSL Group!

What was once a goat path is now an erosion control zone!

What was once a goat path is now an erosion control zone!

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That bench is looking fine!!

That bench is looking fine!!

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Anyone else love John Howell Park??

Mulching along Virginia Ave.

Mulching along Virginia Ave.

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The bench after staining.

The bench after staining.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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