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Volunteers needed for Tour de Fat in Candler Park this Saturday

May 7 2013

 

The Tour de Fat event will take place this Saturday, May 11 from 11 am to 5 pm in Candler Park and will include a bicycle parade, music and more. It's very family friendly, and all money raised will support bicycle focused nonprofits here in Atlanta - the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Sopo Bicycle Cooperative and SORBA.
The group needs help with volutneers, so please consider signging up. Below is the volutneer sign-up and more information:

Neighborhood Summit for community leaders - Sept. 22, 2012

Aug 16 2012

On September 22, 2012, the Neighborhood Fund, an initiative of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, will host the fourth annual Neighborhood Summit. Co-developed by citizen groups and regional nonprofits, the Summit will bring over 400 residents from 23 regional-Atlanta counties together to meet, exchange ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration.

The Neighborhood Summit provides a forum for concerned citizens, neighborhood activists and other interested parties to gather, learn from each other and share best practices. Participants can attend workshops, enjoy exhibits, network with peer community leaders and elected officials.

Who should attend? All are welcome to attend, especially neighborhood and community leaders, activists, associations, and community members.

When: 
Saturday, September 22, 2012, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm MORE

Where:
Loudermilk Center for the Regional Community, 40 Courtland Street, Atlanta, GA 30303 MORE

How much? 
General Admission $25 (early bird $20 until August 20)
Students & Seniors (55 and over) - $15
A limited number of scholarships will be available. REGISTER

Local Projects from the Transportation Tax

Jul 14 2012

While many people know the Transportation Investment Act is region-wide, there are also plenty of local projects that will impact us right here in Candler Park. From syncing up traffic lights on Edgewood to creating turn lanes and bike lanes on DeKalb Avenue, we'll see transportation improvements that impact our daily commutes.

Below are two documents that point to specific projects in NPU-N - one is a list of prioritized projects while the other is a map showing where the changes will be made. Remember, all of the projects come from previously created plans that involved local community and business input including the Ponce/Moreland Avenue Corridor Study, the DeKalb Avenue Corridor Study, the Connect Atlanta Plan and the Comprehensive Development Plan. Each of these has been approved by CPNO in prior years.

Confident City Cycling Workshop on Sat. May 19: Free to Candler Park residents

May 3 2012

 

Want to ride a bike around town but unsure how to do it safely? The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is hosting a free class that covers everything you need to know about biking safety and confidently around metro Atlanta. It includes bike handling skill drills and an instructor-led ride with feedback to reinforce what you learn in class.

When: Saturday, May 19, from 10am-3pm

Where: The Frazer Center

Who: residents of Lake Claire, Candler Park, Kirkwood and Edgewood

Price: free!

Whether you’re new to urban cycling and want to gain confidence riding in the street, a trail rider who would like to bike around the neighborhood with your kids, a bike commuter looking for tips on crash avoidance, or a bike enthusiastic interested in leading your own rides, this class has something for everyone.

Click here to register.

Open Meeting with Mayor Reed on Thursday, October 27 at 7 PM

Oct 25 2011

Alliance of Intown Neighbors Presents a
Neighborhood Forum with
Atlanta Mayor, Honorable Kasim Reed APD Police Chief, George Turner

Thursday, October 27, 2011, 7:00-8:30 PM

Inman Middle School Auditorium, 774 Virginia Avenue at Park Drive

Moderator:    State Representative Kathy Ashe

Sponsoring Neighborhoods; Midtown, Ansley Park, Virginia Highland, Poncey Highland, Piedmont Heights, Home Park, Candler Park, Downtown Neighbors, Castleberry Hill, Morningside and Lenox Park.

All are welcome

Admission is FREE

Parking is available on site

Open Meeting with Mayor Reed on Thursday, October 27 at 7 PM

Oct 11 2011

Alliance of Intown Neighbors Presents a
Neighborhood Forum with
Atlanta Mayor, Honorable Kasim Reed APD Police Chief, George Turner

Thursday, October 27, 2011

7:00-8:30 PM

Inman Middle School Auditorium

774 Virginia Avenue at Park Drive

Moderator:    State Representative Kathy Ashe

Sponsoring Neighborhoods; Midtown, Ansley Park, Virginia Highland, Poncey Highland, Piedmont Heights, Home Park, Candler Park, Downtown Neighbors, Castleberry Hill, Morningside and Lenox Park.

All are welcome

Admission is FREE

Parking is available on site

Stacey Abrams (HD 84) Legislative Update, Saturday May 21 in Candler Park

May 18 2011

May Legislative Update

Please join Rep. Stacey Abrams (HD-84)

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2011

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Epworth Church at Candler Park

1561 McLendon Ave

Atlanta, GA 30307

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All persons are welcome to attend. This event is FREE. Light refreshments will be served.

For questions, please contact Ashley Robinson, Chief of Staff at 404-656-5058  or email staceyabrams@gmail.com.

Representative Stacey Abrams (House District 84) serves as Minority Leader for the Georgia House of Representatives.   District 84 includes Candler Park, Columbia, Druid Hills, East Lake, Highland Park, Kelley Lake, Kirkwood, Lake Claire, Oakhurst, unincorporated South DeKalb, Toney Valley and Tilson.

City of Atlanta Renews Enforcement for Off-Leash Dogs

Apr 26 2011

from a City of Atlanta press release:

The City of Atlanta’s Office of Parks and Recreation Renews Enforcement for Off-Leash Dogs

Atlanta residents are encouraged to help keep City of Atlanta’s parks safe, healthy and friendly

Atlanta, GA -- The City of Atlanta’s parks are for the enjoyment of residents and visitors, and their pets. The Office of Parks and Recreation wants to remind dog owners that the city ordinance will be enforced throughout all City of Atlanta’s parks.

All dogs may walk on a leash at any public park or trail; however, pets are prohibited from swimming pools and pool areas, tennis courts, golf courses and outdoor festivals. All dogs must be on a leash except for designated areas such as Off Leash Dog Parks. Dog owners are reminded that there are currently two dog parks located at Piedmont Park and South Bend Park where dogs are permitted off of their leash. Dog parks offer a fenced, grassy or mulched area where dogs can roam off-leash safely.  People who do not follow the leash and scoop laws may be fined up to $100 per occurrence.

“The parks are open to everyone to enjoy including our ‘canine citizens,’” said the Office of Parks Director Doug Voss. “We ask dog owners to be responsible for their pets, their safety and obey rules and regulations posted at the parks.”

The City of Atlanta recognizes the importance of providing additional off-leash dog parks to serve residents and visitors, and the information is available online for community groups or local nonprofits, to open more dog parks. If a group of dog owners decides an area is needed in their community, they should organize as an official group with at least five members and should register with the Civic Association and the Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) in the given area. 

For more information about these efforts or the dog parks listed above, please visit www.atlantaga.gov  or call 404-546-6767 and request a copy of the guide. The dog parks are public/private partnerships, developed in cooperation with sponsoring organizations of pet owners. 

In addition to the leash laws, please keep in mind that while visiting the City of Atlanta’s parks, pet waste left on the ground at parks and trails ultimately gets washed into streams, creeks, rivers and wetlands. This waste is raw sewage, and carries harmful bacteria that can affect the health of not only aquatic wildlife, but humans as well.  Please clean up after your dog and dispose of waste in the trash cans located in the park.

Development around Candler Park MARTA Station - April 13 charrette

Apr 8 2011

A group of nonprofit organizations including the Livable Communities Coalition, Southface and Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership are hosting a community-designed charrette focused on redevelopment around the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA station.

All Edgewood and Candler Park community members are invited and encouraged to attend. This charrette is for conversation purposes only, but it will be a chance for you to share your thoughts about how the station’s south parking lot can become a community asset.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 13 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Coan Park Recreation Center - 1530 Woodbine Avenue, SE.

Help determine how Candler Park should develop! March 2nd meeting at 7 PM at Dr. Bombay's

Feb 24 2011

Interested in deciding how Candler Park develops as a neighborhood? We need your input in the City of Atlanta’s Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) at our upcoming meeting on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 PM at Dr. Bombay's.

Every three to five years the city updates the CDP that’s meant to serve as a 20-year guide for future land use, housing, transportation, community facilities and more. They seek input from residents by requesting that the NPUs (neighborhood planning units) work together to create policies that specifically affect their neighborhoods. Candler Park has not taken part in this planning in recent years, but we are about to have that opportunity once again.

As the NPU-N representative for Candler Park, I am collecting input from residents about policies they’d like to see in place regarding the future of our neighborhood. You don’t have to be an expert in zoning or an urban planner to provide your ideas. Examples of ideas from nearby neighborhoods include:

  • Maintain all of Poncey-Highland’s existing Low Density Residential zoning designations, and specifically, maintain all Single-Family zoning designations.
  • Maintain the Little Five Points Neighborhood Commercial District (NC-1) boundaries to prevent the encroachment of non-residential uses into surrounding residentially zoned areas.
  • Encourage the development of the Memorial Drive edge of Cabbagetown in keeping with the commercial nature of the area and in conjunction with the overall vision of the Memorial Drive/MLK Drive Revitalization Plan adopted by City Council.
  • Encourage mixed use, development and/or re-development of formerly industrial and commercial property along the DeKalb Avenue corridor through Inman Park, enhancing and encouraging compatibility with the “small-town/downtown” character of the neighborhood.

CPNO will be collecting these ideas and creating a list to present to the general membership at the March CPNO meeting on Monday, March 21.

To learn more about the Comprehensive Development Plan, please visit the link below on the city’s website.

http://www.atlantaga.gov/government/planning/cdp.aspx

If you cannot attend the March 2nd meeting, please send your ideas directly to me by March 4 at vicepresident@candlerpark.org.