Published on March 24th, 2015 |0
2 Buckhead neighborhood leaders honored by Park Pride
14th annual Parks and Greenspace Conference at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
The day-long program said of Gordon, “The recent increase in parks in Buckhead has much to do with Gordon Certain. As president of the North Buckhead Civic Association, Certain has worked with numerous public and private groups to advocate for and secure public parks and greenspace in what historically has been the least parked district in Atlanta.”
The citation goes on to say, “He worked with multiple stakeholders to create a greenspace master plan that protected environmentally sensitive areas from development (the Blue Heron Nature Preserve), reimagined unusable land into successful public spaces (Mountain Way Common) and transformed vacant parcels into a wsell-loved neighborhood park (Little Nancy Creek Park).
Jeff Clark, vice president of the Garden Hills Civic Association, has made a name for himself as a motivational leader, master fundraiser and community organizer.
In 2011, when it became clear that the Garden Hills Pool needed a new clubhouse, Clark took the helm to work with multiple partners—the city of Atlanta, community leaders and developers—to not only get a building demolished, but also negotiate plans for a new building that would meet the community’s needs.
Over just four years, Clark rallied the community to raise more than $895,000 and the new pool house opened in May 2014, a major success for the neighborhood. According to Clark, the larger success was the friendships forged through the planning meetings and fundraising events.