By Ken Edelstein, Candler Park Conservancy Board Member.
Thanks to Candler Park Conservancy Board Member Doug Wetzel for spearheading another improvement on its way to Candler Park.
Even better: Doug’s providing yet another opportunity for you to make a difference for the neighborhood’s most important amenity.
He’s organizing the installation of a bicycle repair station on the bike path entrance at Terrace Avenue and Clifton Terrace. The Dero FixIt Bike Service Station and Air Pump will be similar to those already in place along the Atlanta Beltline and in other parts of the city. Already, before Thanksgiving, workers from the Sopo Bicycle Collective were installing the footing for the station.
The device itself will include a pump and basic tools that cyclists can use to inflate tires, true wheels, adjust brakes, tune derailleurs and perform a variety of other repairs. Hanger arms allow cyclists to place their bikes so that pedals and wheels spin freely while making adjustments. The tools will be securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners.
It’s the latest of several short-term projects that the Conservancy is engaged in to improve the park. Among the others: Landscaping and maintenance at the park entrance on McLendon Avenue, plantings at the pool, new solar-lights at the entrance, and erosion control near the tennis courts.
At the same time, our two-year-old organization is moving forward on long-term projects identified as part of the park’s Vision Plan. At press time, a proposal by the CPNO Board to provide $60,000 — yes, that’s right: $60,000 — to go toward rehabilitation of the park’s Active Lawn and the contiguous natural amphitheater was headed for a vote by the CPNO membership. We should have more to report on that effort in an upcoming Messenger.
Meanwhile, Conservancy Chair Stacy Funderkburke has worked with Atlanta Parks and Recreation Department to gain approvals for the bicycle repair station, and Wetzel is leading fundraising for the station and for its installation. Both the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and the PATH Foundation have endorsed the project, but all costs will be covered by the Conservancy. The total cost is expected to be $1,600.
What can you do to help? Above all, join the Conservancy. Your eentsy-weentsy membership fee — just $35 for an individual or $75 for a family — will go toward these smaller projects, as well as operating expenses. Just as importantly, growing our membership is crucial to show potential grantmakers that we have an active base of support. That will make them more likely to provide the funding we can truly fulfill our goal to make Candler Park Atlanta’s finest natural place to play! To join and for more information about the CP Conservancy, click here.