Monday, April 28, 2008

Rummage and Bake Sale Results

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers the Gotham Park Rummage & Bake Sale went off with flying colors. Our grand total was $1119.90. I'm told that the previous highest yard sale total was $850. But best of all, we again engaged the entire community and won some more Gotham Park Stakeholders! If you average $10-$15 per purchase that's somewhere between 75 and 110 shoppers. A good turn out.

The Gotham Park Committee couldn't have done such great help from so many. Special thanks to Jenny Cowhig. She organized the rummage sale, took donations at her home ALL week, arrived for set up before dawn and stayed all day (through the rain)! Also, special thanks to Maria Lyons. She organized the bake sale collecting donations from area bakeries, groceries & neighbors, provided coffee to all the volunteers and manned her station all day (all while mucho pregnant). And to Mary Gail Muse. She purchased dozens of bags and organized a kids' art party to decorate them with Gotham Park and Earth Day messaging for our customers (watch for these to be resurrected at the Fall BBQ). And thanks to all our amazing volunteers: Judy Landey, Kellye McGarry, Bryan McGarry, Wynn Muse, Jean Muse, Jean Johnson, Elaine Murphy, Jane Gole, Greg Wilcox, Steven Mengelt, Irene Seay, Bill Seay, Diane Weber, Shelly Riden, Cathy Conway, Steve Phillips, Susan Kanellos, Laurie Reis, Jonathan Lyons & Geri Laufer. Please forgive me if I've forgotten anyone.

Thanks again!!!
The Gotham Park Committee

PS-- Keep an eye out for final design plans of the park to be posted on the Gotham Park Blog soon and for renovations to begin as soon as early June!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Gotham Park Fundraiser

Revitalize Gotham Park!

Rummage & Bake Sale
Sat, April 26th 8am-2pm
at Gotham Park
Rain date: Sun, April 27

Reduce clutter in your home and reuse other’s castaways! Bargain hunt for household items, hidden treasures, antiques, homebaked goods and bakery items! Crafts and entertainment will be available for kids! Proceeds benefit the revitalization of Gotham Park!

Rummage Sale Donation Information
One man's junk is another's treasure! Spring has sprung! So clean out your closets and donate your unwanted household items to the Gotham Park Rummage Sale. All donations are tax deductible.

Donations gladly accepted at:

424 Wimbledon Rd
Sat-Sun, April 19-20 from 3pm - 7pm
Mon-Fri, April 21-25 from 5pm - 8pm

Gotham Park
Sat, April 26 from 6:30am - 7:30am

Pick-up of donations is available for the elderly or disabled.
Please call (404) 444-3384 or email

Baked Goods Donation Information
Cook up your special treats such as cookies, cakes, breads, or muffins. Please have donations packaged and ready for sale. We’ll take care of the pricing for you.

Donations gladly accepted at:

424 Wimbledon Rd
Thur-Fri April 23-24 from 5pm - 8pm

Gotham Park
Sat, April 26 from 6:30am - 7:30am

For more information about the Gotham Park Rummage & Bake Sale or to volunteer to help, please email

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


At the March PHCA Board of Director's monthly meeting a PHCA board member handed out a sheet of questions for the Gotham Park Committee. The Committee worked together to draft answers to those questions and have posted them here has a FAQ, of sorts. Please feel free to persue this Q&A and submit questions of your own.

The Gotham Park Committee

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Gotham Park Committee Meeting this Sunday

If you are interested in the work being done to revitalize Gotham Park please email Keely Muse at

New Outdoor Watering Restrictions

*** The Department of Watershed Management is instituting new service-area-wide restrictions on watering. No outdoor watering is allowed until further notice.

The following activities are exempted from the City of Atlanta’s new watering restrictions:

  1. Personal food gardens
  2. New landscaping installed by a certified or licensed landscaper. These newly installed landscapes may be watered any day of the week between the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 10 a.m. for a period of 30 days following installation. You have one exemption per year / per property. There is no longer a 30-day exemption for lawn areation & overseeding, or for planting sod in existing/established landscapes. A 30-day watering exemption for sod pertains only to new construction.
  3. Swimming pools may be filled through an irrigation meter, domestic meter, well water or other alternate source. The City does not be provide pool filling services during the drought. Pool filling is subject to change due to drought conditions.

The following commercial outdoor water uses are exempt from watering restrictions:

  1. Professionally certified or licensed landscapers, golf course contractors, and sports turf landscapers: during installation and 30 days following installation only. Professional landscapers must be certified or licensed for commercial exemptions to apply.

    All landscape professionals and all customers seeking a 30-day watering exemption for newly installed landscape must register with the Outdoor Water Use Registration Program at per February 11, 2008 Order of Ga. Environmental Protection Division Director Carol A. Couch.

  2. Irrigation contractors: during installation and as needed for proper maintenance and adjustments of irrigation systems and equipment only.
  3. Sod producers.
  4. Ornamental growers.
  5. Fruit and vegetable growers.
  6. Retail garden centers.
  7. Hydro-seeding.
  8. Power-washing.
  9. Construction sites.
  10. Producers of food and fiber.
  11. Car washes.
  12. Other activities essential to daily business.
  13. Watering-in of pesticides and herbicides on turf.
All other uses fall under the new service-area-wide restrictions which state:

City of Atlanta customers may not water outdoors. No outdoor watering is allowed until further notice. This service area includes the City of Atlanta, Sandy Springs and unincorporated South Fulton County.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Linear and Walking Distance

To better understand future potential usage of the Gotham Park I've created two maps. Each map indicates quarter-mile, half-mile, and three-quarter mile distances. One delineates linear distance and the other "walking" distance.

Parks within "Walking Distance"

Playing around with Google Maps this morning I decided to measure exactly how far it was from my house to all of the area parks that I frequent with my daughter.
  • Sidney Marcus Park, Morningside - 1.3 miles
  • Sunken Garden Park, Morningside - 1.4 miles
  • McClatchy Park, Ansely Park- 1.5 miles
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden - 1.6 miles
  • Wynn Park, Ansely Park - 1.8 miles
  • Piedmont Park, 14th St Entrance - 2.0 miles
  • Piedmont Park, Park Drive Entrance - 2.1 miles

Mostly, we drive to these parks. That excludes any of them from being defined as a "neighborhood park." Neighborhood parks are typically defined as being within "walking distance" which is itself, is defined a as one quarter mile. None of the parks are within one quarter mile and none are particularly walkable as either Piedmont Rd or Monroe Dr-- both very busy streets-- must be crossed to gain access any and all of these parks.