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Published on October 22nd, 2014 |

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NPU-B endorses Duck Pond preservation plan

Peachtree Heights East residents’ bid to raise $550,000 for the “Duck Pond Park Century Plan” received a large endorsement boost, if not an immediate monetary boost, when the board of Neighborhood Planning Unit-B voted unanimously to write a letter of support to be used in bids for grant monies.

The Century Plan is designed to preserve Buckhead’s Duck Pond Park as an oasis for wildlife and humans for years to come through a series of improvements, including:Phena 8

• Stone wall and bank stabilization at pond edge
• Erosion control measures
• Planting, including shelf construction at the pond
• Stream bank stabilization and restoration in middle park
• Headwalls restoration

Peggy McCormick, chair of the Duck Pond Century Plan committee and president of the Peachtree Heights East Neighborhood Association, told the NPU-B board Oct. 7 that $240,000 of the $550,000 goal has already been raised through efforts of the 21-member committee since January.

The initial funds—representing just over 40 percent of the goal–were raised primarily through efforts directed at major foundations, including a contribution received recently for $35,000 from the Waterfall Foundation.

McCormick said the committee hopes it can raise all of the necessary funds by the neighborhood’s annual Garden Party, which will be the first week in May of 2015. She said the theme of the campaign is: “Now Our Turn…Pay It Forward”.

Eretus Rivers, a pioneering Atlanta developer of the early 20th century, designed and developed the residential neighborhood and park in 1909, and years later in 1933 his widow Una deeded the park to Peachtree Heights East.

The park’s three distinct sections run through the heart of Peachtree Heights East, with the park’s namesake, the Duck Pond, being the focus of the largest park area. The Park is home to 40 species of birds, 12 mammals and 35 species of trees and shrubs, both native and cultivated.

While Una Rivers offered her neighbors a treasured asset, her gift did not include an endowment to maintain and preserve the park.

The park receives no funding from the City of Atlanta, and for over 90 years the Peachtree Heights East Neighborhood Association (PHENA) and its predecessors, Ladies of the Lake of the Lake Foundation, Inc., have supported and managed Duck Pond Park, through volunteer work days, fundraising events and annual dues.

The park is located just a block from busy Peachtree Road in a neighborhood anchored by Christ the King Cathedral and School, and over the years has grown to include 325 single family homes and 340 households in condominiums and townhouses. The Atlanta Beltline Trail, when completed, will be only a fraction of a mile from the park.

For more information about the Duck Pond Park, the Century Plan or to donate to the campaign, go online to www.preserveduckpond.org. To read BuckheadView’s earlier story about the efforts to preserve the Duck Pond Park through the Century Plan, click here.

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