For the past four years, Friends of Mountain Way Common, a group of involved neighbors, has been working to clean up and improve the safety and ecology of a neglected public right of way along Little Nancy Creek in North Buckhead. The area under Ga. 400 between Wieuca Road and North Ivy Road had become a dumping ground, was overrun with invasive plants and was the site of some crimi-nal activity, including the attack of a female jogger.
Hundreds of volunteers have helped clean up the neglected space, removing tons of illegally dumped material and trimming back kudzu and privet, improving visibility and greatly reducing the dumping.
In the past year, the neighbors also participated in a series of public meetings to develop a master conceptual vision plan that was completed in May, and thanks to the collective efforts of many people and organizations across the city—including the North Buckhead Civic Association, Park Pride, Livable Buckhead, Councilperson Howard Shook, Representative Edward Lindsey, the City of Atlanta Parks Department and others—there is now an official agreement between the City of Atlanta and the Georgia Department of Transportation to take some of that public right of way land and turn it into a park, adding much needed public space to one of the least-parked districts in Atlanta. The area consists of approximately 8 acres with Little Nancy Creek running through the center of it.
To make Phase One features like a walking trail and a pedestrian bridge a reality, a fundraising event, Denim and Diamonds: A Party in the Park, is being held Nov. 3 at Terminus 200, 3333 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta.
The event runs 7-11 p.m. and will feature live music from opening act Jess and headliner the Jan Smith Band and will have delicious tapas and wine from Eclipse di Luna. Purchase the signature cocktail, “Sunshine in the Park,” at the event and you may just find yourself with a 0.53-carat round diamond, donated by Solomon Brothers, worth $1,500.
Get advance tickets or become a sponsor at www.mountainwaycommon.org or http://tinyurl.com/MWCS2013.
– Dean Hesse