News Briefs: Civic Center sale, park director, clean ‘Hooch

Atlanta Civic Center lobby

The Atlanta City Council is considering the sale of the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on Piedmont Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward. City Councilman Kwanza Hall has introduced legislation that would give Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm, the power to sell the property, according to a report in Creative Loafing. Built in 1967, the 4,600-seat auditorium is where syndicated gameshow Family Feud is taped and regularly plays host to concerts, graduation ceremonies and other events.

The Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy (AMPC) has named Catherine L. Spillman as the the nonprofit’s first executive director.  Spillman is a founding member of AMPC’s Board of Directors and was appointed secretary from 2011-2014. She currently serves on the Board of the Springlake Civic Association, has held various PTA board roles for Morris Brandon Elementary School and spearheaded the Ellsworth Park Playground and intersection improvement project.  Further, she was the 2006-2007 co-chair of the Visiting Nurse Hospice Atlanta’s Big-To-Do at the Zoo, successfully fundraising over $140,000 for Children’s Hospice of Atlanta. AMPC is currently raising funds and working with the city and state on a comprehensive master plan for the park, which includes the Bobby Jones Golf Course and Bitsy Grant Tennis Center.

This year’s Sweep the Hooch – the largest one-day river cleanup in metro Atlanta – pulled 7.3 tons of refuse from the Chattahoochee River on April 12. Nearly 600 volunteers turned out for the event at 28 sites. Tires, plastic bottles, tennis balls, toys and other items was just of the trash found.

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