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.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Gotham Park Committee Gets Back to Work

After a short time-out during the holidays the Gotham Park Committee reconvened today to continue our efforts to renovate Gotham Park. Today the committee set a series goals for the the renovation including master-planning, implementation, and fundraising.

  • The committee reviewed several playground bids and landscape bids
  • There was a decision to utilize our Park Pride Micro Grant to help install a boulder climbing frame in the playground area of Gotham Park.
  • The date was set for an Earth Day Rummage and Bake Sale on Saturday, April 26
  • A firm commitment to continue with the Annual Gotham Park BBQ in Sept/Oct was made by all.

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