Sunday, November 22, 2009

2 newly beautified green spaces in ATL

The past two weekend have afforded me the opportunity to help beautify 2 urban green spaces that until recently I didn't even know existed. I invite you all to visit these spaces and explore them on your own!

Reynolds Park- Kirkwood:

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This park is owned by city of Atlanta and thanks to the efforts of KNO volunteers and a large group of Emory volunteers we have reclaimed this forgotten green space as a usable park! To access it, you can park in the back of the lot across from the DeKalb Health Center or the adjacent senior center.

removing invasive species from Reynolds Park

creating a new trail

Reynolds Park Plan (from the Kirkwood Neighborhood Organization website):

Artichoke Bliss- Old Fourth Ward:

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This space was "discovered" by one of our urban hikers (Hayley). With the help of facebook we have pulled together over 30 community volunteers on 2 work days and converted this empty lot into a welcoming green space with a bench, 3 trails, and a swing! It's right beside Dynamic Dish on Edgewood between Boulevard and Jackson.

pictures from Artichoke Bliss:

If the weather cooperates we're looking at having our last urban hike of 2009 on Saturday, December 5th. I'd like to hike some of the newly renovated (and accessible) trails along the Beltline and also visit Artichoke Bliss!


  1. I saw the Artichoke Bliss sign and bench-thing the other day. I wondered what was up - was expecting a vegetable stand or something. I walk by this lot everyday and had always wondered why it was not more developed. The Old 4th Ward seems to be coming around - slowly - years in the making. I had heard the lot was associated with the MLK center and was being held for some future library. Guess thats why there's no commercial or other civic development on that otherise prime piece of real estate.

  2. I believe some of the volunteers approached Ebenezer Church (the lot owners) about improving the space aesthetically and they went for it. More work days are going to be planned and a vegetable garden might be a real possibility in the spring.

  3. Urban hike this saturday meeting at Dr. Bombay's coffee shop in Candler Park at 10am, then workday at Artichoke Bliss 2pm-5pm. Come one, come all!