Piedmont Park Activity Update

Lake Clara Meer #1Here’s an update on a few events and activities taking place soon at Piedmont Park, as passed along to the VHCA board by Cresthill Ave. resident Ken Haldin.

  • The Green Market in Piedmont Park opens this Saturday for the 2016 season. The market is open every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM at the 12th St. entrance into the park.
  • FREE History tours are given each week at Green Market. A walking tour that gives you a fun and educational tour of the park. 
  • Doggie Dash 5K benefiting the Piedmont Park Dog Park is this Saturday March 20. $25 pre-registration and $35 day of. Onsite registration is at 8 AM and the race starts at 9 AM. You can run or walk with or without your dog. Strollers are also welcome. Winners get a medal and also a one night stay at the W Midtown Hotel.
  • 2016 Season Pool Passes are available and range from $125 for a Senior (55 or Over) to $395 for a family of 5 or more. Get unlimited access to the pool during all pool hours, special pass holder only hours, late night swims and guest passes.
  • EnviroVenture Summer Camp registration is open.  Camp runs June 6 to July 29 with different themes each week.

For more information on these events and all the goings-on at Piedmont Park, click here to visit their website.


Piedmont Park Summer Arts & Crafts Festival Set for August 17-18

PPAF_logoPiedmont Park Summer Arts & Crafts Festival will host its third annual event August 17-18. Up to 250 artists and artisans are expected to exhibit.

Visitors will enjoy a wide variety of art and crafts, a children’s area and local food and beverage concessions including food trucks. Local acoustic musicians will perform. Visitors will be able to enjoy a Guinness World Record hula-hoop attempt presented by HoopEssence and “Cirque du Piedmont” performances by the Imperial Opa Circus. The Atlanta Burger and Craft Beer Crawl will also be taking place throughout the weekend. The “Sunday Funday Corn Hole Tournament” will be held to benefit CURE Childhood Cancer.

The event is being organized by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and volunteer artists.  Best of all, it’s entirely free to attend! The event will support a scholarship fund for local artists administered by the non-profit Georgia Foundation for Public Spaces.

Where: Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309

When: Saturday August 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sunday August 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Music: Acoustic music only

Admission: Free to attend

“We are full of surprises for this event,” says Patrick Dennis, President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. “Local artists will enjoy the beautiful park and visitors will especially enjoy the wide range of art, craft and entertaining “events within the event” ranging from acoustic local musicians to circus performers. This is the ideal summer festival to enjoy the outdoors, browse for irresistible art and crafts as well as appreciate the beauty of Piedmont Park, one of Atlanta’s true jewels.”

“Although this is a nationally advertised show, we strongly support local artists,” says Randall Fox, V.P. of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces.  “With this event, it gives both regional artists and those from outside the area an opportunity to showcase our beautiful park and the best Atlanta has to offer.”

For more information, contact Patrick Dennis at 404-845-0793 or visit http://www.piedmontparkartsfestival.com.

Click here to read a flyer promoting the hula-hoop world record attempt presented by HoopEssence.

Click here to read a flyer promoting the Sunday Funday Cornhole Tournament.


Newest Section of Piedmont Park Officially Open to the Public

Piedmont Commons, a 12.5 acre section of Piedmont Park tucked between Monroe Drive and the BeltLine on the park’s northern edge, officially opened to the public on Thursday June 20.

New amenities include three new pedestrian entrances, paths and trail connectors anticipating the future BeltLine and two footbridges that pass over improved Clear and Orme Creek corridors. There are still sections of the new area where access is restricted and PVC irrigation pipe abounds as staff work to complete landscaping, but there’s still plenty of accessible new space for park-goers to enjoy.  Future plans for the area include a playground and possibly a skate park.

An immediate impact of the newly opened commons, though, is improved pedestrian access to the park for residents in the Ansley Park, Dutch Valley and Morningside areas. Previously visitors to the park coming from the north had to either drive and park in the parking deck shared with the Atlanta Botanical Garden (off of Monroe), or walk south a considerable distance to enter the park.

There was a grand opening ceremony on Thursday attended by Mayor Kasim Reed, City Councilperson Alex Wan, State Representative Pat Gardner, Piedmont Park Conservancy President/CEO Yvette Bowden and other dignitaries. Mayor Reed addressed the assembled crowd, praising the Piedmont Commons project as an outstanding example of public/private partnership complemented by local neighborhood involvement.

The completion of the Piedmont Commons project represents the end of Phase 1 of the 189-acre park’s Master Plan. For more information on Piedmont Park expansion and development, visit piedmontpark.org. 

Click here to view an online photo album that include pictures of the new commons area as well as images from the grand opening ceremony. Scroll down for some of the best shots.



Piedmont Park Expanding Further

Piedmont Park expansion continues at the park’s far northern end near Ansley Mall. This phase of expansion comes after completion of a 26-acre expansion in 2011 that included two dog parks, the Greensward Promenade plaza and fountains, and the Six Spring Wetlands. The past two years has given the park conservancy time to raise additional funds for this year’s expansion.

The additional 53 acres to be added this year include Piedmont Commons, The Northwoods and Piedmont Gardens (see map). Challenges include “excavating industrial waste, whacking away gnarly masses of invasive kudzu, breaking up concrete creek beds, shoring up erosion and helping build a new utility and irrigation infrastructure” in the Piedmont Commons area.

Read the full story at Midtown Patch


BeltLine Master Plan for Sub-area 6

The BeltLine Master Plan for “sub-area 6” includes the western edge of Virginia-Highland along Piedmont Park and Monroe Drive. These include proposals for improvements to the intersections of Monroe and 8th; Monroe and 10th/Virginia/Kanuga; and for converting Monroe to two lanes with a median/turn lane. Diagrams cover proposed bike access and transit.

The download can take a while as it’s 45 MB large: download main document here; there are also appendices (72 MB).

BeltLine master planning homepage

Here are some pictures from the document:


Voice – Summer/Fall 2005

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– President’s Address, by Kevin Cronin: Summerfest success
– Atlanta Development Authority (ADA) announces BeltLine transit panel
Virginia-Highland Historic District listed in National Register, by John Craft
– About Virginia-Highland Historic District, from the Georgia Dept. of Human Resources
– Highland Hoer: Gardens and parks around the neighborhood, by John Wolfinger
– Renovation of the Piedmont Park Active Oval begins
– VHCA Board opposes school rezoning, by Chip Gallagher
– Take steps to protect your family — and your computer, by John Stanford
– City begins online water/sewer bill payments
– Be a neighbor: sponsor and win (donate for Tour of Homes)


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


Voice – Winter 2003

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– Build a playground at John Howell Park
– Meet your new board of directors (bios)
– Dramatic transformation of Piedmont Park continues with the help of VHCA challenge grant
– Public menorah lighting, by Rabbi Eliyahu Schusterman
– President’s address, by Kevin Cronin (Summerfest funds raised; $46K in grants to neighborhood)
– Highland Hoer: Gardening in Virginia-Highland has come a long way since the ’70s, by John Wolfinger


Voice – Fall 2002

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– VaHi gets first Jewish outreach center (Chabad Intown)
– Letter to the editor from Ben Northrup: “New urbanism is not mere nostalgia”
– Child and infant CPR classes
– Fundraiser for Piedmont Park off-leash dog park
– Officer Dave gives advice
– President’s corner: Summerfest success
– The 100 crape myrtles of Highland Ave., by Stephanie Coffin
– It’s high time for tea, by Jenn Ballentine (drink tea and talk to each other more)
– Mosquito madness meets match, by Chip Gallagher
– Pearls of wisdom from Highland Hoer, by John Wolfinger


Voice – Fall 1999

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  • 780 N. Highland (as of 2012, Glamour Paws) – Doug Landau bought building and plans to demolish to make parking structure – help stop this
  • Cotton Club (capacity: 700, parking: 0) coming to Hilan Theatre – help stop this
  • Piedmont Park master plan update
  • Maintaining street tree diversity
  • Summerfest news

Voice – Spring 1993

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– Property tax season: VaHi is on first list (of assessment mailings) to homeowners
Friend, board member (Ed Neal) passed away
– President’s Corner: Summerfest success, DOT property on Ponce (now The Carlton condos, ed.) released, Murphy’s still in court
– Bicycles Require Care, Maintenance, Year Round Many Adjustments will Require Bike Mechanic, by Mike Goodman
– Your City Council, By Sheilll Martin-Brown, councilperson-at-larg
– Remember Your 3 R’s… Redvce. Reuse. Recycle. By Nan Hunter
– Parking Survey Received Huge Response, by Jett Marks
Piedmont Park has Become the Main Course on the Table, by Kathy Couch
– Gardening Volunteers Can Gain Hours for a Chance to Volunteer forthe 1996 Olympics, by Kathy Couch
– VaHi Can’t Flee from the Crime without Everyone’s Help, by Joyce Gross
– Don’t Be Shy To Your Own Neighborhood, by J .D. Christy, VP VHCA
– Col. Mustard reviews American Roadhouse
– Suitable Site For CSO (combined sewer overflow) Still Under Debate, by Jett Marks
Sidewalks throughout the Virginia- Highland area are due for a facelift, by Ellen Kates


Voice – Summer 1992

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Letter to the editor from Douglas W. Jones, president of the Ponce de Leon Corridor Association, urging action to oppose Grady Hospital from expanding onto Ponce
– Rep rap, by Rep. Jim Martin
– Reduce, reuse and recycle: participating streets, by Nan Hunter
– New parking committee comes to life, by Elmo Colburn
– Col. Mustard review of Mid City Fish
– Update on Murphy’s move, by Jeni Evans
Ponce Task Force focuses on reducing risk to investors, by Jett Marks, VaHi rep to PTF
Piedmont Park Conservancy by city councilmember Mary Davis
– John Howell Park, by Jerry Bright
– Plan to save your life in case of fire, by Ken Lavine
– School update
– Crime graphs and statistics
– Composting comes home, by Nan Hunter
– Summerfest ’92
– Danny’s Run 5K and fun run


Voice – Winter 1991

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– Christmas caroling in John Howell Park, by Jim Little
– VaHi shops are just right for the holidays, by Vicky Favorite
– Rep Rap by councilmember Mary Davis: proposed sewage facility at Piedmont Park
– Paideia fine arts and crafts show
– Recycle…because we have to: (Recycling is for Republicans too), by Nan Hunter
– Update on planning process for John Howell Park, by Jerry Bright
– Living AIDS Memorial Park project update, by Jim Little
– Better bicycling
– The newsletter needs you, by Beth Marks
– School news
– Holiday safety tips, by Ken Lavine, including this piece of advice: “If you drive a lot, or at night, install a car phone.”


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