Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Gotham Park Committee Meeting

The Gotham Park Committee had a great meeting last night. It was to be our last meeting before meeting with the landscape architects and the playground consultants. The advice given to me by Park Pride was: when visioning for your park shoot for the moon and you'll land somewhere on earth. So that's what we did. Our (amateur) master plan draft includes a nice long list of wonderful amenities.

A big part of the evening was analyzing the results of a stakeholders meeting that was held in August. At that meeting all neighbors were invited to view the design draft and make comments, suggestions (about 35 showed up). That was followed by a dot voting exercise in which the stake holders received four dots. Two dots were for amenities they much favored or prioritized and two dots were for amenities they did not care for or did not feel were priorities. Frankly, there was nothing too surprising in the results except that zero people wanted a basketball half-court and 13 did not! Click here to see the complete results of that meeting.

Come back to see the latest design draft that reflects the stakeholders meeting results and last nights meeting. I'm in the middle of drafting it now.

The meeting with the landscape architect and playground consultants is scheduled for this Friday. So, lots of great news to come!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

It Takes a Village, Part Deux

The final tally of the Sept 23rd Gotham Park BBQ and Fundraiser keeps growing. Late donations and potential matching funds from Park Pride will bring our total to almost $4600!!

Another big thank you to our sponsors...

And a special thank you to...
  • All the volunteer PHCA Ambassadors
  • The Gotham Park Clean-Up Volunteers
  • Rogers Barry
  • The Bertelsen Family
  • The Bell Family
  • The Cowhig Family
  • Lynn Durbin
  • Jane Gole
  • Jonathan Greenhill, The Chef Extraordinaire
  • Lorrie (Vesta) Griffin
  • Ril Guptil
  • Wayne Hoffman
  • Jack Hughes
  • Mary Gail and Maud Kelly
  • John Kale
  • Brian Knowles
  • Helen Lee
  • Patti McDonald
  • The McGarry Family
  • The Mehra Family
  • Kathleen Merten
  • Steven Mengelt
  • Joy Morrisey
  • The Muse Family
  • Laurie Reiss
  • Shelley Riden
  • Bill and Irene Seay
  • Sybil Smith
  • Martha Walsh
  • Diane Weber
  • Terrill Mark Wright
  • The Wright Family
  • And many more...

It Takes a Village

Well, it certainly takes more that a little ol' committee.

Something special happened this week while I was on vacation. Someone, not on the Gotham Park Committee saw a way they could help and stepped right up and did the job! Baron Jordan, VP of the Piedmont Heights Civic Association Board, made an application to the
Park Pride Community Micro Grant Program on behalf of Gotham Park. What a guy!

The deadline was October 15-- just a few days away. I was out of town and not answering email or voicemail so Baron took on the mantle of leadership that he so often does and wrote the application himself. There was some thought that an application might be made for the fledgling Piedmont Heights Green Space Committee but b/c there was a requirement of matching funds so Gotham Park was selected. Our matching funds will come from the Sept Gotham Park BBQ and Fundraiser. Yet another positive repercussion of the fantastic BBQ event.

NPU-F sponsored the application for $500 for the installation of a sandbox/covered pavilion. You can read the complete application. Recipients of the grants will be notified by Nov 1. We'll be sure to post the results here and on our website.

Either way, next time you see Baron please give him a huge thanks on behalf of all Gotham Park Stakeholders!!

Why a Blog?

I created this blog to help communicate and dialog about the revitalization of Gotham Park.

The park belongs to the residents of Piedmont Heights. The City of Atlanta does not own the park, we do. This is a common place for all to read blog entries by the Gotham Park Committee, make comments, view pictures and designs, and learn about all new developments with the park. Check back often.