Eco-Briefs: Park renovations, free concert & more

Pershing Point Park
Pershing Point Park

Midtown Alliance, in partnership with Jones Day, the American Legion and ELV Associates, has completed renovations to Pershing Point Park, located at the junction of Peachtree Street and West Peachtree Street. The renovation project includes enhancements to this existing public park through beautification, structural restoration and improved safety. The park was originally commissioned in 1918 and named in honor of World War I hero John J. Pershing. The park features a memorial dedicated to World War I casualties from Fulton County in 1920.

Strummin’ on the Porch will be held Aug. 28 from 6-8 p.m. at Rhodes Hall in Midtown, 1516 Peachtree St. The free concert is a collaboration between the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation with the Atlanta History Center. The concert features award-winning indie folk/Americana band She N She. There will be a cash bar and food for purchase from Jamaican food truck, One Love. For more information, visit georgiatrust.org.

U-Haul and The Conservation Fund have promised $375,000 to help create Lindsay Street Park in the English Avenue neighborhood. Located near the headwaters of Proctor Creek, the English Avenue neighborhood is one of the most challenged in Atlanta; it has high crime, many vacant homes, water pollution and periodic flooding. To help address these challenges, the Fund has guided a community-led coalition to acquire six adjacent lots on behalf of the City of Atlanta, and continues to work with the community, the City, Park Pride, Arthur M. Blank Foundation and Waterfall Foundation to complete Lindsay Street Park.  Their vision includes workforce training, temporary jobs, educational opportunities and a creek that no longer spills sewage into nearby streets.

Mark Banta
Mark Banta

Piedmont Park Conservancy has named Mark Banta as its new president and CEO. The former general manager of Centennial Olympic Park, Banta will focus on support for new amenities, strengthening the Conservancy’s relationship with the city and improving the experience of park users.

The City of Atlanta has joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge which aims to increase the number of American employers offering workplace charging for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) by tenfold in the next five years. The Workplace Charging Challenge asks its partners to commit to assessing employee demand for PEV charging at the workplace and developing and executing a plan to provide PEV charging access for employees. Currently, the city’s Government Center Parking deck, assessable by Washington Street and Central Avenue, houses six chargers. The chargers, available on a first come first served basis, are also available to the public free of charge and convenient to the City of Atlanta Municipal Court, Atlanta Public Schools, City Hall, and the State of Georgia.

Tickets are on sale now for The Picnic for Parks on Sept. 18 at Historic Fourth Ward Park. Hosted by Park Pride, the event will commemorate all the corporate partners, volunteers, funders, and community members that have been allies to both Park Pride and to Atlanta’s greenspace since 1989. Get tickets at parkpride.org.

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