Photos of Site Map at BNA Neighborhood Party

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A newly created map showing existing conditions and an old aerial photograph of the Barber St. site on display during a Feb. 27 Neighborhood Party organized by the Boulevard Neighborhood Association. The party took place at Little Kings, a bar on W. Hancock St.

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Allen Stovall, a landscape architect and professor emeritus of UGA’s College of Environment and Design, answering questions about the site and the park project. The map was created by Henry Parker, an architect, landscape architect and planner, and Stovall.

NOTE: Sorry for the poor photo quality. These are cell phone shots. I forgot my “real” camera. I also wish I had taken a shot showing how many people were at the party–there was a really good crowd–but the party distracted me!

View Site Map at Neighborhood Party

A map showing key features of the Barber St. site as it currently exists will be on display at a neighborhood party Saturday. This is not a plan, but an early draft of a survey showing locations of major trees, cleared areas, slopes and other features of the site as it is now.

Allen Stovall, a retired UGA landscape architecture professor, Henry Parker, a licensed landscape architect, and Dan Lorentz, a park project volunteer organizer, and others will be there to answer questions about the park project.

The neighborhood party takes place at Little Kings, 223 W. Hancock St., from 4-6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27.

The party is an informal neighborhood get-together organized and sponsored by the Boulevard Neighborhood Association for neighborhood residents.  There will be a bake sale, and opportunities to learn about a variety of neighborhood events and projects.

Gone in 64,800 Seconds

A brush pile moved curbside Sunday afternoon was gone Monday morning. The pile stayed curbside for from roughly 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 till about 8 a.m.  Monday, Feb. 15–that’s 64,800 seconds or 18 hours–when workers in Athens-Clarke Co.’s Solid Waste Department removed it as part of their normally scheduled leaf and limb pick-up rounds in the Boulevard neighborhood.

UPDATE: Stacee Farrell, executive director of the Keep Athens-Clarke Co. Beautiful program, reports that the brush pile we created weighed 1.83 tons.

Thanks to Solid Waste for the fast service, and heavy-lifting!

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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.

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The brush pile before the move
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Where the piled used to be
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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:

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Karen Freed and Eric Heil haul brush to a pile

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Cat Dunleavy pries a Honeysuckle shrub from the ground

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Kelly Ridenhour gathers cut vines

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David Shillcut with loppers

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Gary Crider with tarp

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Anna Claire Davis near wall in newly cleared area

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

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Jim Okey clearing out brush

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

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Dan Lorentz tries to cut a vine

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

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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

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Allen Stovall whacks weeds.


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Marci White with pruners.


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Chase Lawrence cuts a downed tree limb.


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


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


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Krysia Haag with tarp.

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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.

Thanks!

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.

VOLUNTEERS
 

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

BUSINESSES

1000 Faces Coffee

G&G Landscape Design

New Urban Forestry

ORGANIZATIONS

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.

Concepts

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

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Existing conditions

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Circulation study

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Potential park elements

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Four Design Concepts

Concept A1

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Concept B1

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Concept A2

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Concept B2

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

Donate

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.