Terri Lee

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has appointed John Dargle as Parks and Recreation Commissioner and Terri Lee as the City of Atlanta’s first Chief Housing Officer.  A veteran of the United States Army, Dargle has held previous parks and recreation leadership positions in Wisconsin), Virginia,  Arkansas and with Athens-Clark County in Georgia. Lee was most recently the Deputy Commissioner of the City of Atlanta Department of City Planning where she established the city’s $75 million Housing Opportunity Bond initiative and implemented strategies to encourage neighborhood stabilization, transformation and growth. The primary responsibilities of the new Chief Housing Officer include establishing policies and goals for the city’s affordable housing strategy; coordinating with public-private agencies to identify investment opportunities; and communicating with the community in order to fully understand housing needs.

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) has put out a call for designers for the second phase of Boulevard Crossing Park. The second phase of the park will expand the greenspace to more than 23 acres and include public art, a playground, a splashpad, expansion of the two fields, trails, and a connection to the Southside Trail. The Boulevard Crossing Park site sits between Englewood Avenue SE and Boulevard SE in the Chosewood Park neighborhood. The northwest corner of the park is adjacent to the future Southside Trail, which was purchased by the City of Atlanta in March of 2018 and is currently under design as the Atlanta BeltLine’s next major multi-use corridor. Individuals or firms interested should visit beltline.org/procurement.

Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy is offering a day-long photography workshop in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area on Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with expert nature photographer Tom Wilson. The course will begin with classroom sessions and lunch at Hewlett Lodge/Island Ford Visitor Center. The outdoor session will involve a short hike down to the Chattahoochee River at Island Ford to practice some of the techniques covered in the classroom. The cost is $50. For more information and to register,visit this link.

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.