Heaton Park
Heaton Park

By M. Catherine McCabe

Druid Hills has reached its certification goal and is now officially a certified wildlife habitat community. By gaining this certification from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Druid Hills joins Chamblee, Johns Creek, Milton, Roswell and only 88 other certified habitat communities nationwide.

It was just last year that the Druid Hills Civic Association announced its efforts towards gaining this certification for the neighborhood, and through the efforts of its NWF Habitat Certification Steering Committee and many volunteers from among Druid Hills homeowners, this goal has come to a successful conclusion.

Fernbank School, along with several parks, were already enjoying certification when this effort began. Upon the launch of the campaign, several more parks were added to the roster. Some of the original parks and schools updated their certifications, and currently more than 125 Druid Hills homeowners are enjoying the benefits of their certified backyard habitats.

During this process, seven pocket parks came to the attention of the steering committee, one being Heaton Park, a bird sanctuary located square in the heart of the Druid Hills neighborhood. Neighbors, along with the tree company ArborGuard, are generously giving of their time, expertise and manual labor to restore this park. A walking tour of these unheralded pocket parks is being developed.

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.