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Freedom Park Flow

Join Freedom Park Conservancy as we stretch and flow into fall with an hour of yoga during autumnal equinox! Together we will embrace change, get grounded, and find balance as we set intentions for the new season amidst Freedom Park’s trees and sculpture.

Certified instructor Amanda Burtch will lead this one hour vinyasa session outside in the park. Bring your mat and water. All levels welcome.

Suggested donations of $10 can be made ahead online and contribute toward Freedom Park Conservancy’s work to improve and preserve the park for a diverse public. RSVP here: https://tinyurl.com/FPFlow

Amanda Burtch teaches Vinyasa yoga with a focus on alignment and breath guided movements that uplift and strengthen the body and the mind. She began teaching yoga in 2017 and has been practicing yoga since 2013. Amanda was inspired by the physical and mental healing qualities of yoga and knew she wanted to bring that feeling into the lives of as many people as possible. Her classes bring lightheartedness into the flow combined with supportive assists and feel-good vibes. Amanda is an E-RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance. She completed her YTT certification through CorePower Yoga in 2017.

Second Saturday Volunteer Day – October 12

Roll up your sleeves and help Freedom Park Conservancy spruce up the park for all to enjoy! Each month we will tackle a necessary project such as planting flowers, mulching, removing invasives, or pruning.

On Saturday, October 12th beginning at 9am we will gather to help the Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association pick up litter and debris in Freedom Park as part of Peachy Clean Poncey! Afterwards, PHNA will host volunteers at New Realm brewing on the patio at 1pm.

Please meet at 9am at the playground near the corner of North Avenue and John Lewis Freedom Parkway.

There will be bugs and there will be dirt, so plan accordingly. Please wear closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, and bring water. Gloves and bags will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own if you have a preference.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP!

Volunteer with us September 14

Roll up your sleeves and help Freedom Park Conservancy spruce up the park for all to enjoy! Each month we will tackle a necessary project such as planting flowers, mulching, removing invasives, or pruning.

On Saturday, September 14th beginning at 9am we will gather at the flags in front of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum to tackle invasive removal in Poncey-Highland.

There will be bugs and there will be dirt, so plan accordingly. Please wear closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, and bring water. Gloves and bags will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own if you have a preference.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP!

Great Georgia Pollinator Census – August 23 and 24

On August 23 and 24th it’s your chance to be a citizen scientist! Grab a timer and a friend and in just 15 minutes outside you can contribute to this statewide pollinator census.

The Great Georgia Pollinator Census is an historical initiative where Georgians will record the numbers and types of pollinators that populate our state during late summer.  You do not have to be an entomologist to be part of this important project!   The census was designed for individuals, families, garden clubs, school groups, friends – ALL Georgians to participate.

Click here to access our free pollinator identification packet and census form!

Or come visit us at the Freedom Park Farmers Market the morning of Saturday, August 24th to pick up a hard copy.

 

Visit GGaPC.org for more information.

Support Freedom Park on August 17th

Join Freedom Park Conservancy on August 17th for a trivia filled evening in support of our work to improve and preserve Atlanta’s Freedom Park for the benefit of a diverse public!

Attendees will participate in an Atlanta-themed trivia game complete with prizes from Freedom Park’s neighboring businesses. Earn extra points for naming local music between questions. Stumped on a question? A small donation at the event will earn you a hint!

Teams are asked to limit themselves to 6 participants. Have a small group or want to come solo? Play as a team of one or join another group – anything goes!

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Ticket sales and additional donations all benefit Freedom Park Conservancy!

 

Trivia prizes donated by:

A Cappella Books
Atlanta Cleaning Source
Clermont Hotel
Condesa Coffee
Historic Oakland Foundation
King of Pops
Manuel’s Tavern
Pure Barre
Queen of Cream
Savi Provisions
Select Shades
The Carter Center
The Men’s Parlor
Victory Sandwich Bar
YogaWorks

Rescheduled! Second Saturday Volunteer Day August 24

Roll up your sleeves and help Freedom Park Conservancy spruce up the park for all to enjoy! Each month we will tackle a necessary project such as planting flowers, mulching, removing invasives, or pruning.

On Saturday, August 24th beginning at 8:30am we will gather at the corner of North Avenue and Candler Park Drive to tackle several projects including creating a path through the Bird and Butterfly Garden.

There will be bugs and there will be dirt, so plan accordingly. Please wear closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, and bring water. Gloves and bags will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own if you have a preference.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP!

Who Cares? A Message from the Executive Director

Across the Board is a monthly column authored by members of Freedom Park Conservancy’s Board of Directors. This month’s post was written by Executive Director Laura Hennighausen.

Recently an acquaintance asked what motivated me to take the position as Freedom Park Conservancy’s first Executive Director and I had to think for a moment. Why do I feel drawn to this job? I don’t know… why wouldn’t I? I’ve always loved parks and this park needs a champion!

Laura Hennighausen is the Executive Director of Freedom Park Conservancy.

I remember specific parks from when I was a kid. I remember the playground my grandparents would take us to when we visited them in New Jersey. I remember trying to catch a ground ball during a baseball game at our neighborhood park on Canada Day and the ball popping up and bashing my shin. I remember soaring as high as I could on the swings just so I could jump off to feel like I was flying for a split second.

What I don’t remember is trash. Or erosion. Or invasive plants. Someone else worried about that! Now that I’m older, I know that it takes people like me to make sure kids can grow up with similar memories. 

Now, when I walk through Freedom Park I see litter. I see where the ground is eroding and where kudzu is fighting to take over groves of trees.

 

But I also see where there could be gardens. I can picture local dance groups performing in the meadow. I can imagine picnics and places to rest.

I believe Freedom Park should be a space where everyone feels comfortable. A place where there is something to be curious about and where you can relax. A place to see friends or get your heart pumping. The park should be filled with laughter, it should be clean, and it should be cared for.

This past Saturday, Freedom Park Conservancy organized a volunteer day. An energetic group collected 15 bags of litter (and two tires!) in just an hour. You might look at that and think “that’s great, a free way to keep the park clean.”  But remember, to make this possible FPC had to spend time creating a sign-up sheet and publishing calls for volunteers with neighborhood associations and on social media. Hours were spent identifying the area for the project and planning logistics, buying supplies, and coordinating to have the collected trash picked up and disposed of after the event. We even worked with an attorney to draft a volunteer release!

We all own Freedom Park. There might be a bunch of trash and who knows how it got there.  In the end what matters is that it’s addressed and that’s why Freedom Park Conservancy exists and why I am proud to lead this organization.

But who cares? Do you? Right now you might be at work. You’re busy. Maybe you have to take kids to soccer this weekend or your in-laws are coming. You have to go to the store. It’s hot. You have allergies. You understand what needs to be done but you don’t have time to get out and volunteer. That’s fine! By simply making a donation to enable us to do this work, you can do your part.

Our motto is Freedom Is Your Park and that’s because it is. It’s yours. It’s mine. It’s Atlanta’s. Help make Freedom Park a place to be proud of – make a donation today.

Volunteer on July 13th

Roll up your sleeves and help Freedom Park Conservancy spruce up the park for all to enjoy! Each month we will tackle a necessary project such as planting flowers, mulching, removing invasives, or pruning.

On July 13th beginning at 8:30am we will gather to pick up litter in O4W. We will meet at Condesa Coffee at 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE #100.

There will be bugs and there will be dirt, so plan accordingly. Please wear closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, and bring water. Gloves and bags will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own if you have a preference.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP!

Across the Board: A Neighborhood Asset

Across the Board is a monthly column authored by members of Freedom Park Conservancy’s Board of Directors. This month’s post was written by Philip Covin.

My wife and I bought our little bungalow in Inman Park in 2016. There were a number of factors that led to that decision: a great school district, historic architecture, short walking distance to restaurants, close proximity to a MARTA train station, etc.  On the other hand, one of the negatives was that it did not come with a very big yard in which our five-year old son (nor our soon-to-be-acquired dog) could play. However, only a few steps away was a huge rolling park with wide open spaces, a playground, and walking paths.  

I’m not even sure that I knew Freedom Park’s name at the time, but what did it matter?  Here was this great resource in my backyard, and yet I didn’t even have to maintain it! Even better, right?  The Freedom Park PATH could also connect me to other fun neighborhoods which I could walk or bike to: Candler Park, Druid Hills, Lake Claire, Old Fourth Ward, Poncey-Highland, and Virginia Highland, as well as the Beltline which could eventually link me to even more areas of town.  As both a commercial real estate broker and an actor, I spend a lot of time in the car, driving from appointment to appointment. Yet, as we contemplated the purchase of our home three years ago, I felt enticed by this opportunity to use my car as little as possible on weekends as we could walk to restaurants, neighborhood festivals, or shopping, using the park and its trails.  

All that is to say that Freedom Park helped convince us to buy our home. And when the northeast segment of the Beltline trail is completed hopefully later this year, I will be able to bike from my home to my work, using only the Freedom Park and Beltline trails.  It’s pretty exciting, to say the least. My commute time will become exercise time so that I can start my day with a clear mind, and I’ll also save on gas and car maintenance expenses.

What a wonderful resource we have right around us – the largest park in the City.  Do we take it for granted? Hopefully not. Let’s invest our resources – both time and money – to make sure that it continues to provide these benefits and more.   Please consider giving a couple hours of time on one of our volunteer days and contributing monetarily, as you can. Every dollar counts. Can you help?

Click here to learn more about how you can support Freedom Park Conservancy!