Events


Event Table of Contents
Tours and Workshops
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - McDaniel Branch Stormwater Restoration Tour
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - Friends of the Park Workshop - Understanding the Process for Park Improvements
Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 2014 Community Garden Tour
Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve & Mason Mills Park Waterworks Tour
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - E.L. Hughie Constructed Treatment Wetlands Tour
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Columbus Riverfront Tour
Saturday, September 6, 2014 - Proctor Creek Watershed Tour


Saturday, May 10, 2014 - Friends of the Park Workshop - Understanding the Process for Park Improvements
The workshop will focus on how to move from an idea to the physical implementation of a park improvement project and is strongly recommended if you plan to apply for a Park Pride grant or if you're planning a large volunteer project. Topics covered include:

     * Making community supported decisions for park improvements
     * Navigating the approval process from neighborhood associations to the Director of Parks
     * Suggested documents to bring/provide when requesting approval
Location: Zaban Center in East Lake Park
Time: 9:00-11:00am
Cost: $5
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Saturday, May 10, 2014 - McDaniel Branch Stormwater Restoration Tour
The City of Atlanta implemented an innovative urban stream restoration project along the McDaniel Branch of the South River, designed specifically to mitigate the impacts of urban stormwater runoff in Atlanta’s in-town neighborhoods. Constructed wetlands mimic natural systems for managing stormwater while providing a much-needed community amenity. A result of this project has been the re-visioning of the adjacent Arthur Langford Park and its connections to the Atlanta Beltline by the Parks Department, the community, and the Atlanta BeltLine team. This tour will focus on the Department of Watershed Management’s planning process, the resulting design, innovative funding, and best practices for executing unique projects such as this. Attendees will see firsthand the function of the McDaniel Branch and restored wetlands, and will learn how these amenities responded to community concerns.
Location: Southwest Atlanta, GA
Time: 2:00-3:30pm
Cost: $20
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Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 2014 Community Garden Tour
Join us to get inspired by what’s growing in Atlanta and to network with local garden enthusiasts! Whether you are an experienced or novice gardener, or interested to learn more about community gardens in Atlanta, this tour will provide plenty of insight and inspiration.

The tour will start and end at Elliot Street Pub. You can choose to travel by bus or by bicycle to visit four inspiring community gardens in Southwest Atlanta. Members of each garden will be on site to provide an overview of their garden and to answer your questions. The tour will end at the opening reception of the Atlanta Cycling Festival, an amazing weeklong bike program. Come fall in love with our growing community, cycling and our city.
Location: Southwest Atlanta, GA
Time: 2:00-6pm, followed by a reception at Elliott Street Deli & Pub
Cost: $25 (Bus Tour), $10 (Bike Tour)
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Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve and Mason Mills Park Waterworks Tour
In 1995, the Medlock community adopted a stormwater management wetland and created a 28-acre nature preserve. Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve includes a mile of trails, interpretive signage, a pavilion and wetlands that cover over 5 acres of the preserve. The tour will demonstrate how a needed stormwater management structure can also serve as a public amenity, habitat for wildlife, and a valuable tool for improving water quality.

The abandoned Old Decatur Waterworks became part of Mason Mill Park, a DeKalb County Park, in the 1960's. Partial restoration of the Waterworks has created a system for stormwater management and led to water quality improvements. Tour participants will learn about the stormwater management system and the planned parks that will result from this project. The engineers and contractors will be on site to describe the Waterworks project, why it is successful, and what it means for the future of the surrounding community.
Location: DeKalb County, GA
Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: $25
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Saturday, July 19, 2014 - E.L. Hughie Constructed Treatment Wetlands Tour
The E.L. Hughie Constructed Treatment Wetlands in Clayton County are recognized throughout the world for their excellence in sustainability practices. In response to the need for an increased capacity in wastewater treatment, The Clayton County Water Authority (CCWA) partnered with CH2M HILL (an engineering and construction company) to develop an innovative Indirect Potable Reuse Process that utilizes the wetlands as a filtration system, producing drinkable water. Constructed wetlands offer a cost effective, energy efficient alternative with lower operational and maintenance costs than traditional wastewater treatment. Tour attendees will learn about this innovative approach to municipal water supply.
Location: Hampton, GA
Time: 10:00am-12pm
Cost: $25 (includes roundtrip transportation and lunch)
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Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Columbus Riverfront Tour
The City of Columbus, GA, recently reestablished historic flows to the Chattahoochee River with the removal of two dams. This innovative rethinking of a municipality’s approach to water management has resulted in the restoration of two miles of habitat for critical and endangered species. This project has also led to the creation of a whitewater attraction that provides economic improvements to Columbus and Phenix City, AL. Participants on this tour will learn about the implications of investment in environmental restoration and their associated benefits to economic development. After the tour and lunch, participants will have the opportunity to experience the Columbus’ achievement firsthand by rafting Class II – III rapids on the longest urban whitewater course in the world. This is a great way to finish out what will be a wonderful tour of a world-class (and ongoing) redevelopment project!
Location: Columbus, GA
Time: 10:30am (transportation departs Atlanta 8:00 am, returns 6:30 pm)
Cost: $40 Base Price (includes lunch and snacks)
Add $40 for roundtrip transportation between Atlanta and Columbus
Add $35 for urban white water rafting!
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Saturday, September 6, 2014 - Proctor Creek Watershed Tour
This tour will highlight locations within the Proctor Creek Watershed that exemplify the issues of flooding, pollutant generation and public health. These challenges present unique opportunities for their mitigation through the implementation of green infrastructure, investment and policy-focused solutions. The tour will illustrate watershed restoration and green infrastructure as tools for meeting water quality regulations, maximizing public investments in parks, and making improvements in transportation, wastewater infrastructure and neighborhood revitalization.
Location: Northwest Atlanta, GA
Time: 9:00am-1:00pm
Cost: $25 Base Price (includes lunch and snacks)
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