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Published on October 4th, 2016 |

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Peachtree Heights East 99% complete with Duck Pond restoration work

The Peachtree Heights East Neighborhood Association held a donor appreciation party on Sept. 25 to celebrate the successful Century Capital Campaign, which exceeded its $550,000 goal and the restoration of the Duck Pond Park in the neighborhood.

Photo shows the new stone wall in place around the Duck Pond  as part of the restoration work.

Photo shows the new stone wall in place around the Duck Pond as part of the restoration work.

The Duck Pond area is 99 percent complete, except for several plants that are on back order for the front of the Observation Deck.  The stream bank restoration work in the middle park will predictably continue into early October, it was reported.

“It was also a nice way to say thank you to the more than 300 neighbors, friends, schools, churches, companies, foundations and civic organization that donated so generously to the campaign,” said Peachtree Heights East Neighborhood Association President John Euart.

“Large crowd, cold beer, tasty food, chilled wine, smiling faces, short speeches, wonderful neighbors, new friends, hard-working volunteers who helped set up and take down, perfect weather, getting to put a face with a name, and so on,” added Euart.

Euart told those attending the event, “The amount collected through the capital campaign over and above the cost of construction will give PHENA some important flexibility. We hope to create an endowment fund to help with maintenance costs as well as giving us the ability to look at a meaningful plan for the lower park.”

To the donors who were not able to make it to the party, Euart said, “I would like to say thank you for your donations, and that you were truly missed.”
Century Capital Campaign chair Peggy Allumbaugh reported that the campaign exceeded its goal of $550,000 set in January 2014. “As of the end of September, we have raised almost $668,000,”

Photo shows the new observation platform that has been constructed as part of the Capital Campaign.

Photo shows the new Observation Deck that has been constructed as part of the Capital Campaign.

Allumbaugh said.

She said he two largest contributors were:

  • A game-changer $100,000 Challenge Grant from Park Pride, which was received in December 2014, and
  • Three donations from the Walter Clay Hill and Family Foundationin 2014, 2015 and 2016, totaling $85,000.

Design and project manager Bob Guinn thanked not only the various trusts and individual donors “that have enabled us to financially commit to our Duck Pond Park Century Plan,” but also the four teams “who are helping us spend the money:”

  • Landscape architecture consultants, Sylvatica Studio
  • Contractor, Gibson Landscape Services
  • The City of Atlanta (specifically the Department of Watershed Management) for its contribution to the repairs along Parkside Drive and
  • The users of the park.

“Thank you for your patience,” Guinn said. “The early stages of our work, particularly around the pond basin, were to say the least, discouraging. There were times when I was asking, could it look any worse?

“However, I trust, as you look at this venue today, you know that it was well worth it,” Guinn added.

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