Parks/Trails/Greenspaces Animal Olymp art 3

Published on March 13th, 2016 |

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Trail signs designed to entice kids to learn, mimic animals

An unlikely parade of animals is set to entertain, educate and provide exercise for children of all ages along a creekside trail on the south end of Buckhead. The trail which eventually is planned to hook up with PATH

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From left: Standing on one leg like the Great Blue Heron are Kevin Lowry, U.S.  Fish and Wildlife Service; Mike Fynn, VP operations Greening Youth Foundation; Bob Kerr, chair of South Fork Conservancy; Angelou Ezeilo, Greening Youth Foundation; and Sally Sears, South Fork Conservancy.

400 near its terminus along Peachtree Creek south of the Lindbergh area.

The “Animal Olympics” is an activity kids will find on the Cheshire Farm Trail, which runs between Lindbergh and Cheshire Bridge Roads in Atlanta. The new signs are illustrated with fun facts, and encourage passersby to be active and creative by imitating the actions of animals.

“We love this new way to encourage children of all ages to get outside and have some fun learning about their animal neighbors,” says Bob Kerr, chairman of the South Fork Conservancy board.

“With our partners at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we are making the new trail built by the Georgia Department of Transportation a great place for people to walk, explore and rediscover the beauty of Georgia’s creeks inside the city,” Kerr explained.

Georgia DOT Board Member Stacey Key agrees: “Just about everybody wants a chance to get outside and enjoy nature, plus exercise and maybe learn something about the wildlife around us. This project stimulates so many good ideas. I’m happy to support these important concepts of wellness and diversity education in such a fun way.”

The sturdy, weather-resistant signs are at home on the new trail, named Cheshire Farm to remember original settlers to the area. It runs beside the creek for half a mile between Cheshire Bridge Road and Lindbergh Drive.

The signs are in English and Spanish, and feature 10 different animals and insects native to the creeks around north Atlanta.Animal Olymp art 2

“I particularly like the Great Blue Heron sign,” says Angelou Ezeilo, Founder & CEO of Greening Youth Foundation, a diversity leader in outdoor career placement.

“Working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helps to embrace the very highest standards of wildlife awareness,” said Ezeilo. “They know how to make wildlife important and attractive, particularly for urban neighbors who are hungry to re-connect to the outdoors around them.”

Already popular with neighbors, the trail is an early part of the South Fork Conservancy’s plan to connect to the BeltLine and the PATH400 trails and up the South Fork of Peachtree Creek to Emory University.
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Parking is available on the Lindbergh Drive end of the trail along Armand and Lindridge Drives.

For more information, visit the South Fork Conservancy website at www.southforkconservancy.org.

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