Adair Park II Meeting Recap

On April 30, Park Pride, Atlanta Parks Department and Councilmember Sheperd’s office facilitated an idea-generation activity focused on what should replace the pavilion-covered area in Adair Park II.  Some of the ideas generated included expanding the playground equipment area, adding lighting, adding vehicular bollards/boulders, and creating a leafy flower garden to address the water run-off concerns.  Councilmember Sheperd’s office remains committed to removing the pavilion ASAP, and replacing it with a community-driven solution shortly thereafter.

Park Pride put together a book outlining some of the ideas residents discussed at the meeting. Residents who are interested in this process are encouraged to reach out to Friends of the Park by contacting president@adairpark.com

Adair Park II Design Workshop

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Annie E. Casey Foundation Community Investment Fund Now Taking Applications!

Overview
The Annie E. Casey Foundation-Atlanta Civic Site (ACS) is pleased to release the grant application for the 2015 Community Investment Fund. The Community Investment Fund is a grant opportunity open to resident-led projects in Adair Park, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Summerhill and Capitol Gateway, known collectively as NPU-V.

The primary objectives of these grants are to:

  • Support volunteers and grassroots organizations who are taking ownership in improving their communities;
  • Foster relationships by encouraging diverse community partnerships to work toward common goals;
  • Build capacity within the community through training and leadership development; and
  • Support and track at least one measureable neighborhood improvement from each grantee, with the understanding that incremental improvements lead to broader community impact.

Awards range from $500-$5,000 annually.

The deadline for receiving applications is 5 p.m. Monday, June 1, 2015, no exceptions.

Download the Application

Download the Full Announcement

Adair Park II Meeting Thursday, April 30th!

APT & Friends of Adair Park would like to invite all neighbors to attend a meeting at 6pm on April 30, 2015, at the Kroc Center (967 Dewey Street). The meeting will be led by Park Pride and Councilmember Sheperd’s office. The focus will be a brainstorming session on moving the pavilion in AP2 and redesigning the park to increase safety in the community. Please plan on attending and bring your ideas! It is very important for everyone to come out! Questions? Contact Randy Gibbs at president@adairpark.com

Adair Park II Playground and Courts

Adair Park Today Seeks New Board Members!

Adair Park Today needs (3-4) members for the Board of Directors each year to provide guidance and support to our neighborhood organization. The Directors shall govern the Community Development component of Adair Park Today. The duties of the Directors are to work in conjunction with the Officers of Adair Park Today to ensure an orderly process and promote the best interests of the organization. To nominate yourself or a neighbor, please contact APT Parliamentarian Justin Wood at jtstreet@gmail.com by May 30th. We will vote on candidates at the May APT meeting. These positions would end on December 31, 2015.

Find Adair Park Today’s Bylaws here.

Join the Community Investment Fund Board of the Annie E Casey Foundation!

PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING NOTICE FROM ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION:
INVITATION
APPLICATION

Dear NPU-V neighbor,

It is our desire to invite you, your neighbors, and others you may know across the NPU-V neighborhoods to apply to become a Board Member for the Community Investment Fund of The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site. The Atlanta Civic Site (ACS) is pleased to kick-off the 2015 Community Investment Fund (CIF) program, The Atlanta Civic Site partners with community members to fund resident-led projects in NPU-V neighborhoods that focus on ACS’s priority areas: Education Achievement, Neighborhood Transformation, and Family Economic Success. The Role of Community Investment Board Members

The Community Investment Board will review, select and manage funding for community projects, with support from ACS staff. Please note that Board members are not eligible to apply for Community Investment Fund grants; individuals interested in applying for funding should not apply for board positions. We will distribute more information about the grant application process once the Board has been assembled.

Below are some additional guidelines to consider before applying to the Board:
-The board will be comprised of a maximum of 13 people including one ACS staff member and up to 12 neighborhood representatives. We are seeking representation from all NPU-V neighborhoods;
-We ask that you disclose affiliations with groups that are currently active in NPU-V. For grant selection, Board members must recuse themselves from the decision making process if an organization that they are affiliated with applies to the fund;
-We are committed to assembling a Board that represents the diversity of the community.
-Emerging leaders or those who are new to community work are encouraged to apply;
-Board members will receive all training necessary to carry out their responsibilities, no prior experience is necessary;
-Board membership will require a time commitment of 5-10 hours per month on average. This includes a required orientation, monthly meetings/workshops, and additional time for working
with grantees;
-We are requesting a commitment of approximately 8 months with the term ending December 31, 2015.

The ideal applicant is detail and deadline-oriented, has a strong commitment to NPU-V, and an interest in developing his/her leadership capacity. Semi-finalists will be interviewed the week of March 30th by a selection committee and finalized in April.

Board Member for the Community Investment Fund (CIF)
Board applications are due by close of business Tuesday, April 7. If you are interested in nominating an individual for Board membership, please provide his or her name and contact information to Tramunda Hodges (thodges@aecf.org), or pass along the application and encourage them to apply.

We want to recognize and express appreciation to the 2014 Board members for their commitment and service: Adam Stanley, Kysha Hehn, Quiana Ennis, Frederick Zak, Stanley Trammell, John Armour, Bobby Williams, Geoffrey Heard and Akia Lewis. Thank You!

We look forward to partnering with you and greatly appreciate your interest in developing a strong resident team to lead the Community Investment Fund.

Respectfully,

Natallie Keiser
Tramunda Hodges
Stephanie Flowers

April Workdays in the Community Garden!

Please join our neighbors and community garden organizer Stacey Robertson as we get ready for a bountiful summer!

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April 4th: Clean-up and adding tiered beds (which can be easily moved)
Time: 9am – 12pm

April 18th: Clean up and late spring/early summer planting, running irrigation, installing solar pump
Time: 9am-5pm
We will supply gloves, tools, continental breakfast and lunch

If you can’t join us, please consider making a donation of one of the following:
Organic pest control for vegetables
Organic compost
Organic soil
Melon seeds
Squash seeds
Tomato plants/seeds
Okra seeds
Cedar planks – we’ll need approximately 108 linear feet of 8×1 cedar

All donations to the garden are tax deductible. Any monetary donations can be made to Spoonful of Honey Food and Job Initiative, Inc., a federally recognized 501(c)3. Questions? Contact Stacey Robertson at Adairparkcommunitygarden@gmail.com

Interested in Working in the Film Industry?

Get the inside story on breaking into the film industry from a panel of film
professionals as they discuss:
 The variety of jobs available
 The necessary skill sets
 Where to get trained
 The working environment
 The role of unions
 The benefits of working in the film industry
WHEN:
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 4:00-6:00 PM
WHERE:
Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library
West End Branch
525 Peeples Street, SW
So You Want to Make Movies Flyer New

RSVP: 404-330-6047 or email cwinslow@atlantaga.gov

Flag Football Season Begins March 31!

The Youth Sports League flag football season is about to begin!
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The dates are as follows:
Preseason March 31
Regular season April 14-May 19
Playoffs May 26
Championship May 30

All games begin at 6pm and will be played at Adair Park I with the exception of the April 28th and May 5th games which will be played at Kennedy Middle School.

Contact Adam Stanley at 678-612-4060 or adam@blueprint58.org.

Planning Meetings: Fall Festival and Tour de SWAT

We will be meeting at Matthew Garbett’s home, 1007 Allene, this Sunday, March 8th to plan two major events:

1PM-2PM
Fall Festival
Adair Park Today is hoping to support a large community event to take place in September or October of 2015. We will need many volunteers to organize and implement this event. This meeting will center around choosing a theme and subsequent tasks to make our first neighborhood festival a reality!

2PM-3PM
Tour de SWAT
This year’s Tour de SWAT will take place on May 9th. This committee is looking for volunteers to secure sponsorships, run refreshment tables and conduct outreach to advertise the event. Tour participants will bike through seven southwest Atlanta neighborhoods, visiting restored houses, renovations, city parks and other cultural attractions. Last year’s tour was a huge success!
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Please contact Matthew Garbett if you are interested in joining the planning committees for either event: matthewgarbett@gmail.com.

Adair Field Trip to the Center for Civil & Human Rights (2/28)

Hey all, please let Adair Park Today President, Randy Gibbs (president@adairpark.com) know if you can join for the trip to the Center for Civil and Human Rights on February 28th: http://www.civilandhumanrights.org/

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More at: http://www.civilandhumanrights.org/

We’ll meet at the Center by 11:00am, and begin the tour promptly at 11:30am. We’ll plan to eat and chit-chat at the Smoke Ring in Castleberry Hill afterwards. Adults and children welcome : )