Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Phase 1 to add 12.5 acres to park.
The planned Piedmont Park expansion has begun. The work is part of the Piedmont Park Conservancy's ongoing plan to incorporate the master plan for the signature greenspace. The construction work continues Phase 1 of the expansion and will bring an additional 12.5 acres of green space in the are of the park that's closest to where the park hits Piedmont Avenue, as well as Monroe Drive. When done, it will add nearly 100 trees, a mulch path in the Walker Woods section and foot bridges along the Clear and Orme Creeks, Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan, whose district includes Midtown, said in an update to constituents. The development plans also includes adding three pedestriam entrances to the park. The work is expected to be complete in June…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
After a pause to raise more funds, work continues to improve park land located north of the Park Drive bridge and extends to Piedmont Avenue near Ansley Mall.
Lovers of Piedmont Park and followers of the stalled Phase One expansion of Midtown’s favorite green space will be happy to know that park construction has resumed in the northern end of the park near Ansley Mall. “Phase One expansion continues in Piedmont Park in keeping with a promise of adding an additional 53 acres,” Piedmont Park Conservancy (PPC) President & CEO Yvette Bowden recently told local volunteer leaders at the Neighborhood Planning Unit-E meeting. Twenty-six acres of the planned expansion were previously activated including the Legacy Fountain and the Promenade, the wetlands, a re-naturalized Clear Creek, basketball courts, bocce courts, the new aquatic center, the Greystone event facility, an expanded dog park and new …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Reports circulate around the Midtown neighborhood concerning recent gunfire near the school and nearby Virginia Hill Condominiums at 587 Virginia Avenue.
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Monday, February 11
Editor's note: The following information was posted on Feb. 10, 2013 by the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance (MPSA) on its website and appears here courtesy of the MPSA. The MPSA has served the Midtown community since 2003 as a non-profit organization by coordinating neighborhood response to public safety and security issues in order to advance the Midtown way of life. The MPSA achieves this objective primarily by operating a neighborhood security patrol funded by its resident and business members, and community sponsors. See here for more information about becoming a member of the MPSA. The MPSA coverage area includes: _______ Last Tuesday and Wednesday several emails circulated around the neighborhood regarding gunfire at Grady. We …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Join Piedmont Park Conservancy and Trees Atlanta on Saturday to plant 100 trees at the Midtown park.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Thursday, January 10
Saturday's weather looks to be great with temperatures reaching as high as 73 and just a 20 percent chance of rain in the forecast. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to get out and plant a tree! Join Piedmont Park Conservancy and Trees Atlanta on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., to plant the first 100 of 250 donated trees in the new Northwoods Expansion of Piedmont Park. This event is open to the public and all volunteers 13 years and older are welcome. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Piedmont Park Maintenance Facility, located at the end of Westminster Dr. accessed from Piedmont Ave. NE. For more information contact the manager of volunteer services at email@example.com. Since its beginnings in 1985, the …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Man reportedly threatened to rape a woman during broad daylight last week.
Atlanta police released a sketch Wednesday afternoon of the suspect who reportedly attempted a sexual attack on a woman last week in Piedmont Park. As reported at Midtown Patch, a woman was near the lake around 2 p.m. on Dec. 6 when a clean cut black male approached her and allegedly said, “I wanna rape you, you sl***t” with what she described as “a despicable voice.” According to the APD spokesman John Chafee, the woman immediately ran away in the direction of a pair of Piedmont Park Conservancy workers. Those two men followed the suspect to near Grady High School, where they witnessed the man change shirts before losing sight of him. The suspect is described as a black male in his early 30s with brown eyes, average build and standing …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Incident reportedly happened one weekday afternoon last week when suspect came nose to nose with a woman and said “I wanna rape you." He was later seen changing his shirt near Grady High School
The following information was posted on Dec. 8, 2012 by the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance (MPSA) concerning an incident that reportedly recently happened during the early afternoon hours in Piedmont Park. Patch confirmed with the Atlanta Police Department the incident in question and APD spokesman John Chafee said that the "Special Victims Unit is attempting to follow up with the victim to obtain more information." Via email with Patch, the woman involved said she was OK and glad the information is being made public to stress the importance for individuals to have safety awareness at all times. She also said she was eager to discuss further the incident with a member of the Special Victims Unit _______ From the MPSA: ALERT 1. We have …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Thanksgiving day brings with it skating's return to Park Tavern, and the horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday lights and carousel of Piedmont Park's, 'Season of Magic.'
Season of Magic returns to historic Piedmont Park on Thanksgiving day with nightly horse-drawn carriage rides through the elegantly lit park. The family-favorite, holiday carousel moves to the Meadow, next to Park Tavern, which has its own brand of happy holiday fun, but more on that in a moment. The Season of Magic celebration continues through January 6, 2013 as visitors are also welcome to stroll through the park and enjoy the festive lights and ornaments. The Piedmont Park Conservancy will offer corporate cocktail party packages throughout the season, hosted in Magnolia Hall. “We think we have created the perfect destination for families to celebrate the season. I don’t think there’s a more beautiful place in Atlanta to create lasting …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Walkers raise funds for suicide prevention research, education and advocacy in this past Sunday's ninth annual Out of The Darkness Walk in Piedmont Park.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Patch Staff
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
More than 1,000 survivors of suicide and mental health advocates came together to participate in the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) annual Out of the Darkness Walk on Sunday, Nov. 4 at Piedmont Park. AFSP Atlanta raised more than $97,000 for suicide prevention research, education and advocacy – a number that will continue to grow as participants raise funds through the end of the year. See the photo gallery of the event from photographer Lou Raimondi with this story. To recognize the rising rate of suicide among active-duty military and veterans, the Georgia Tech Army ROTC led the ninth annual walk in uniform, and a Bugles Across America performer played Taps during the closing ceremony. “…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Southwest Airlines and Piedmont Park Conservancy celebrate the launch of the new "Southwest Porch at Park Tavern."
Southwest Airlines announced this week a gift in support of the Piedmont Park Conservancy (PPC), the organization dedicated to preserving and improving the popular Midtown park. And to celebrate the announcement of a new, multi-year investment in the park, Southwest also launched the "Southwest Porch at Park Tavern," a new outdoor space that will provide visitors with a relaxing spot to enjoy a year-round panorama of nature, events, and festivals, including a skating rink that will open on Thanksgiving Day. Southwest did not reveal how much it is paying for the partnership. The porch reinvigorates Park Tavern's patio with 200 new outdoor chairs and 50 tables, awnings and an expansive pergola. “We strive to be involved in the fabric of the …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
This 1.5 mile hiking adventure will connect children with nature through five adventurous Stop & Study stations.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Staff Report Experience a fantastic fall adventure with your friends and family by participating in Saturday’s National Wildlife Federation’s Hike & Seek at Piedmont Park. A cross between a nature hike and a scavenger hunt, Hike & Seek brings families and friends together for fresh air and fun. It doesn’t matter if you have not hiked in years or have no experience at all – adventurers of all ages are welcome. The 189-acre Midtown park will host its second annual Hike & Seek on Saturday, Oct. 27 beginning at 9 a.m. This 1.5 mile hiking adventure will connect children with nature through five adventurous Stop & Study stations. By trading screen time for green time, this go-at-your-own-pace event will surely create a lasting impression and …