The famous Duck Pond in Buckhead, located in the Peachtree Heights East neighborhood off Peachtree Road, will celebrate its 100th birthday this summer. In advance of that milestone, it is sporting a new aerator system to circulate the water and keep it cleaner.

The pond actually has three new aerators, which cause a bubbling at the surface of the water, according to neighborhood representative Jill Helmer. They operate off a compressor that is housed in a newly constructed shed near the bridge at the pond.

The aerator system was a gift from the women of the Lake Garden Club, Helmer said.

“We are in hopes that the circulation of the water will help keep the scum, duck weed and stale smell of the pond at a minimum,” Helmer said.

Meanwhile, Sue Roberts, the president of the Peachtree Heights East Civic Association, said several events are in the planning stage for the neighborhood in conjunction with the centennial celebration this summer, but she said it is a little too early to talk about them.

In the meantime, Roberts told the Buckhead Reporter that the neighborhood and Cathedral of Christ the King representatives are still in negotiations over the church’s proposed expansion plans.

“We requested more information from the church after reviewing their filing for a special use permit,” Roberts said, “and the church asked that the hearings before Neighborhood Planning Unit B and the city review board be moved to April. I do hope it is resolved by then, as it seems we are making some progress.”

Sally Silver, the chairwoman of the Development & Transportation Committee of NPU-B, who had been meeting with both sides in the discussions, recently said she felt sure the differences between the parties would be worked out before the issue came before the NPU board.

— John Schaffner