“My Uncle Jason spent decades of his life dedicated to playing the drums; like so many, he passionately fought for his love of music and the dream to make that his career. In knowing admiration of his dedication, I asked him to tell me more. In the midst of stories that he played back like a projector on a living room wall, I remember him profoundly saying, “Survival of the fittest is what it takes.” That’s always been a statement I enjoy referencing, but after taking a trip down memory lane with Drivin’ ‘N’ Cryin’s (DNC) Kevn Kinney, I now have living proof.
Rock Chastain is the Chastain Park Conservancy’s largest fundraiser in support of our mission to "restore, enhance, maintain and preserve" Chastain Park's 268 acres. It is also the easiest and most fun way to donate to the Conservancy while enjoying a night out with your friends and family. As a 501c3 your ticket purchase is tax deductible.
Four years in the making, Chastain Park's new playground will officially open at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19. Consider this your invitation to attend. We'll mark the start of a new era in play. For we have built a 40,000-square-foot playground amid six acres of grassy, tree-lined terrain. Children, from tots to teens, have a place --- their place --- to race down slides, climb into a tree house, sway in giant 'oodle' swings, play an outdoor piano, run or even relax.
Built with the support of private donors and the city of Atlanta, the playground was designed from the imaginations of children. The Chastain Park Conservancy led the endeavor. Play days at the old playground, visits to schools and public meetings told us what children wanted in their playground: A place where they could test themselves, a place they'd want to visit and revisit. Parents said they'd like a safe playground where they could watch their children and visit with each other. And they said they'd like access to restrooms. The new playground has a pavilion that includes bathroom facilities, as well as a space for picnics and birthday parties.
Although the playground has been open for two weeks, March 19 marks the official opening. Chick-fil-A, a donor to the playground, will provide food and drinks. There will be other surprises and a mercifully brief program and ribbon cutting. Play is what the playground is all about, and this is an occasion to have fun.
If you are driving, we urge you to park in the Red Lot on Powers Ferry Rd, near the horse park and the amphitheatre. A shuttle service will be available to take you to the playground if you do not feel like walking. Earlier that day, NYO will hold its annual Opening Day festivities. The park will be a busy place. We hope the baseball and fastpitch softball players who participate in the NYO parade will stick around or return to join us. There is no charge for this event or to use the playground.
The early reviews of the playground have been nothing short of overwhelming. A favorite: 'This is the bestest playground ever.' Come join us from 2-5 p.m. March 19 to decide for yourself. Also, if you'd like to become a permanent part of the playground, please consider the purchase of a specially engraved brick that will become a part of our walkway. For more information, go to: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/engravedpaver.
Thank you for your continued patience as The Chastain Park Conservancy, The PATH Foundation, and the City of Atlanta expand the PATH on Powers Ferry Road. We understand the Chastain Community, and particularly the neighbors immediately adjacent to the construction site, have been greatly impacted by the construction process. We apologize for the inconvenience during construction and continue to coordinate with all the varied parties associated with this construction project to ensure Walk Chastain remains on schedule and is completed safely.
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Pinwheels spin in the breeze atop wooden stakes supporting orange construction fences. Within the 30,000 square feet that will become Chastain's exciting new playground, heavy equipment scrapes the earth with giant claws and deposits tons of soil into idling dump trucks. Helmeted workers burrow to connect a restroom to sewage lines. A wall takes shape to hold back a freshly graded hill where two big slides and a treehouse will soon sit.
Playground equipment has been ordered, even as the groundwork continues in the summer heat. It will soon be fall and the dream of the last few years will become a reality. We remain on schedule for a December 15 completion date. There will be a playpod for litle ones, an adventure hill for the older ones. The scars of construction will give way to the luster of fresh grass, gleaming new play things and so much more. Best of all, the joyful sound of children's voices will fill the air.
We are building the most exciting playground in Atlanta and, perhaps, in the South. We hope you will join us in this endeavor.
It's as if an orange maze has sprouted and replaced the Chastain playground. Hundreds of feet of bright construction fencing weave through the six-acre hillside that sits above Wieuca Road. Soon, work will begin to replace the 10,000-square-foot existing playground with 40,000 feet of play space for toddlers through teens. The orange barriers provide a sense of how large the new playground will be.
Six months from now (targeted completion is December 15) there will be separate play areas appropriate to a child's age. There will be a restroom, a pavilion, a tree house, giant slides and much, much more. There will be shade against the bright midday sun that bakes the playground now. Although the playground is closed for construction, what springs up in its place will be more than worth the wait or any other inconvenience.
More than $2 million has been raised or pledged toward the $2.8-million campaign the Chastain Park Conservancy has undertaken to build the new playground. But the time is now to replace the 15-year-old, one-size-fits-all playground that has outlived its useful life. The balance of the funds needed will provide additional play equipment and a much-neede maintenance program to insure the playground remains in tip-top shape.
Granite curbs define much of the new, wider mile-long stretch of the Chastain PATH under construction along Powers Ferry Road. Iconic stone walls remain along the golf course side of the existing four-foot-wide concrete walk, but the granite curbs, which widen the PATH to ten-feet, make it feel as if breathing room has already been added.
A lot of work remains. Utility poles must be moved (a huge undertaking) and the muddy trench must be filled and paved to create six feet of additional walkway. The remaining stretch of granite curbs must also be installed. We're months from completion, but walkers and runners are already getting a sense of what this wider stretch of the PATH will feeel like. And it feels good. Vehicles, which used to whiz by, are slowing as their lanes have narrowed to accommodate the PATH expansion.
It's a big job, but it will be worth it as anyone who has wedged between a pedestrian and a car will attest. Funds for the project have been raised by the Chastain Park Conservancy. The city of Atlanta, the PATH Foundation (which is overseeing construction), Park Pride and the James M. Cox Foundation are among the major funders.