Operation “Move Brush Pile”

Greg Denzin, operating a small excavator, moved a massive brush pile at the Barber St. park site curbside on Sunday, Feb. 14.  Moving the pile will make it easier for  Athens-Clarke Co.’s Solid Waste department to remove it this coming week, when Boulevard neighborhood is scheduled for a periodic leaf and limb pick-up.

It took Denzin and his equipment less than an hour to move the brush pile. Denzin, who owns G&G Landscape Design, tries to minimize his environmental impact. His John Deere excavator runs on bio-diesel, and he insisted on scattering some grass seeds and pine needles to cover tread tracks.

The brush pile before the move
Where the piled used to be
Waiting curbside for leaf and limb pick-up

Thanks Greg!

Thanks as well to Stacee Farrell, executive director of Keep Athens-Clarke Co. Beautiful, and Roger Cauthen in Athens-Clarke Co. Landscape Management Division for helping to coordinate the leaf and limb pick-up.

While the volunteer work day originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13 had to be canceled due to snow, Bruce and Jane Travis were prepared to provide some very nice refreshments for volunteer workers; Shawn Doonan of Tarzan Tree Care was poised to offer help and equipment and Ben Myers of 1000 Faces Coffee was set–for the second weekend now–to provide free coffee for the volunteers. Thanks to Bruce, Jane and Shawn and Ben!

Work Day 2: New Areas Cleared, Trails Blazed

After postponing for a week because of bad weather, volunteers resumed clearing work Sat. Feb. 6 at the Barber St. site.

The ground was sodden, the wind cold and the work day shortened (to allow the ground to drain off a little from heavy rains the night before) but volunteers generated big brush piles while clearing three new areas and pushed forward on trail blazing. Once again 13 people showed up to help, but most were new faces.

Here are photos from Work Day 2:


Karen Freed and Eric Heil haul brush to a pile

Cat Dunleavy pries a Honeysuckle shrub from the ground

Kelly Ridenhour gathers cut vines

David Shillcut with loppers

Gary Crider with tarp

Anna Claire Davis near wall in newly cleared area

Stella, Anna Claire Davis’s dog, taking in the scene

Jim Okey clearing out brush

Kevan Williams and Abby Moore on their way up to dump a load of brush

Dan Lorentz tries to cut a vine

Work in the lower terraces as viewed from top level of site

One of the three newly cleared areas

Work Day 2 Volunteers included: “Chainsaw” Charles Apostolik, Gary Crider, Anna Claire Davis, Cat Dunleavy, Karen Freed, Eric Heil, Dan Lorentz, Abby Moore, James Okey, Kelly Ridenhour, David Shillcutt, Stella, Allen Stovall, Kevan Williams

Special thanks to:  Robert Gunn for supplying some yummy sandwiches.

Volunteers Start Clearing Work

On Saturday, Jan. 23, thirteen volunteers started clearing and surveying work on the Barber St. site.  Here are a few photos from that day and some before-and-after shots.

Clearing and surveying work


Allen Stovall whacks weeds.


Marci White with pruners.


Chase Lawrence cuts a downed tree limb.


Greg Denzin (left), Lori Ringhand and Robert Gunn haul a log.


Katherine Melcher (left), Henry Parker and Kevan Williams add notations to a site survey map.


Krysia Haag with tarp.




The First Thirteen Volunteers included: Greg Denzin, Matt Elliot, Robert Gunn, Krysia Haag, Chase Lawrence, Dan Lorentz, Katherine Melcher, Henry Parker, Lori Ringhand, Allen Stovall, Justin Widener, Kevan Williams and Marci White.

Special thanks to: Bruce and Jane Travis for supplying snacks, Ida Mae Griffin and Tennie Brookins for use of their driveway and Shawn Doonan of Tarzan Tree Care for the chipper and chipping crew.


This page includes a frequently updated (but probably perpetually incomplete) list of volunteers, businesses and organizations that have helped–or are continuing to help–the park project.


Judson Abbott

Lillian Agel

Alvin Angulo

Charles Apostolik

Hillary Barber

Marcy Breffle

Eppie Boze

Gary Crider

Anna Claire Davis

Mark Davis

Greg Denzin

Cat Dunleavy

Matt Elliot

Karen Freed

Vera Eve Giampietro

Keirstin Gober

Katie Goodrum

Cameron Gube

Robert Gunn

Eric Heil

Laura Hill

Krysia Haag

Carole Holmes

Todd Hutchison

Sam Kelleher

Chase Lawrence

Allison Lewis

Maddi Lewis

Evan Lewis

Melissa Link

Laura Loke

Dan Lorentz

Chris McDowell

Katherine Melcher

Katie Medina

Lisa Milot

Abby Moore

Kristin Morales

James Okey

Page Olmstead

Henry Parker

Ross Pringle

Caroline Ramsey

Kelly Ridenhour

Lori Ringhand

Margo Rothstein

Melissa Schoop

Paula Schwanenfugel

David Shillcut

Larry Slutzky

Laura Sommet

Heidi Lynn Staples

Allen Stovall

Bruce Travis

Jane Travis

Rachel Watkins

Marci White

Justin Widener

Kevan Williams

Stephanie Wolfgang

Luke Worsham

Micah Yost


1000 Faces Coffee

G&G Landscape Design

New Urban Forestry


Athens-Clarke Co. Landscape Division

Athens-Clarke Co. Leisure Services

Athens-Clarke Co. Planning Department

Keep Athens-Clarke Co. Beautiful

Boulevard Neighborhood Association


We also owe thanks to:  Athens-Clarke Co. Mayor Nancy Denson and Commissioners Jared Bailey,Kelly Girtz, Mike Hamby, Kathy Hoard and  former Commissioner David Lynn and to site neighbors Ida Mae Griffin and Tennie Brookins.


Our design team has prepared four alternative design concepts for a potential park. These were presented to neighborhood residents at a charrette* that took place Monday, July 26 at the ATHICA gallery space in the Tracy St. warehouses.

At the charrette, residents ranked their favorite designs and wrote comments on notecards and on pages pinned to the wall.

We invite you to let us know which of these designs is your favorite. We also want to know what you like and don’t like about any of the designs. For example, while concept A1 may be your favorite, you might also really like some particular feature in concept B2. Tell us things like that, too.

Before reviewing the four concepts, you might find it helpful to take a look at the circulation study, the existing conditions map and the potential park elements study.

Please note that the potential site for the park now includes two additional vacant, county-owned parcels.  These parcels border the original parcel. They were acquired by the county in 1993 as part of a tax settlement. Learn more here.

Use the comments function to let us know what you think, or send an email to Dan Lorentz at lorentz.d@gmail.com.

To get a closer look, click here to view or download a PDF file containing all four concepts, plus the context maps and studies.

Context Maps and Studies

Site parcels



Existing conditions



Circulation study



Potential park elements



Four Design Concepts

Concept A1



Concept B1



Concept A2



Concept B2



* charrette  [shuhret] n. a meeting or conference devoted to a concerted effort to solve a design problem or plan something. Alternative spelling: charette.


We’re not ready yet to accept contributions of money, but we’re working on it.

When the time comes to start raising money and accept donations of materials, we’ll be partnering with Athens Land Trust to give contributors the opportunity to claim tax deductions. Athens Land Trust is a local non-profit dedicated to land conservation, affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization, and they’ve agreed to help us administer our fundraising efforts.

Stay tuned for further details. But if you simply can’t wait, please contact Dan Lorentz, this web site’s editor, at lorentz.d@gmail.com.