Cleaning up Proctor Creek, which runs through the new park.
Cleaning up Proctor Creek, which runs through the new park (Photos courtesy of Whitney Flanagan/The Conservation Fund).

Nearly 200 volunteers turned out earlier this month for the groundbreaking for Lindsay Street Park, the first for the English Avenue neighborhood.

Volunteers from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation rolled up their sleeves and cleared brush, debris, and invasive species on the future park site. Later this spring, neighborhood residents will begin construction on the park.

Besides having a new greenspace in the community, the project will have measurable economic impacts for these residents throughout its construction and management, including workforce training, temporary jobs, and a creek that no longer spills sewage into nearby streets and homes.

The park will feature a playground, children’s garden, a trail along Proctor Creek and rain gardens.

Funded in part by a grant from Blank Foundation as part of its mission to help rebuild and preserve communities near the new Falcons stadium, The Conservation Fund acquired an assemblage of six properties in English Avenue to build the park.

Volunteers from the Blank Foundation put down grass at the park.
200 volunteers were on hand for the clean-up.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.