Candler Parkers respond to pool furniture push

Jul 7 2014
Posted on behalf of Amy Erwin
The CPNO pool-improvement crew set a goal last month to raise $1,000 from the community by July 15 — to be matched by a challenge grant from CPNO. As of June 26, contributions totaled $2,400!

We’re grateful for everyone’s generosity and have listed the initial set of contributors below. The final list will be posted after July 15, so please keep those contributions coming.
We’re now able to place our first order for furniture, which should arrive by the end of the month. This is a durable, commercial-grade product with a warranty that should take us well into the next 10 years.
We’are also applying for a Park Pride Grant to obtain funds to complete our furniture purchases. No more sitting on concrete!

Members to vote July 21 on Master Plan priorities

Jun 23 2014

CPNO is set to vote at our July 21 Members’ Meeting on a list of 25 priorities drawn from the Candler Park Master Plan.

Randy Pimsler, who chairs the Master Plan Coordinating Committee, presented the proposed priorities at the June 16 Members’ Meeting, and led a discussion on the topic.

In narrowing the list down from more than 100 Master Plan recommendations, the committee focused on four criteria: their importance; whether funding would be needed (and if that funding might be available once voters citywide approve a proposed $250 million infrastructure bond referendum); whether a smaller project would lay the groundwork for other priorities; and whether volunteers have stepped up to champion the cause.

Rise to the Candler Park Pool challenge

Jun 23 2014

From Lauren Welsh

With hot summer days upon us, we all need a place to cool off. Lucky for us we have a public pool right here in our neighborhood! Take a cool dip seven days a week and then stretch out your towel on the nice ... hard ... concrete.

Wait, concrete? That’s right – Candler Park Pool is in desperate need of new pool furniture.

As one of the first projects from the Candler Park Master Plan, volunteers are creating a Candler Park Conservancy to bring together and better support all our park assets including the pool. But we need your help. 

CPNO has issued the CP Conservancy team a challenge grant. CPNO will contribute $1,000 toward pool furniture if the volunteers can raise $1,000, too! Combined with additional a grant w're going for, this will provide the pool with new lounge chairs as well as a couple tables and umbrellas  —  if we act quickly, in time for this season.

Here’s how you can help: 

Opening on board: Communications Officer

Jun 20 2014

We've enjoyed lots of progress in recent months in the realm of online communications. Email blast subscriptions now top 1,000. Facebook Likes are approaching 500. And our membership is suddenly at 246 and rising.

But now Communications Officer Jeff Elrod has resigned, which means we need a new person to lead our efforts to keep the neighborhood informed.

In recent years, our Communications Officer and our webmaster has been the same person. Knowledge of online tools, such as Facebook and Wordpress, certainly would help in this board position. But don't be intimidated by the technical stuff. If you have a passion for sharing stories and accurate information, and a willingness to embrace new ways of communicating (paricularly social media), this is a great opportunity to make a meaningful difference in our community.

As a board member, you'll also have a chance to contribute to ongoing decision making on such important issus as our efforts to improve the the neighborhood, as well as the park.

Interested? Email here.

AT&T submits cell antenna application

Jun 20 2014

FYI: AT&T Mobility this week submitted its application for a Special Administrative Permit from the city to raise the height of the steeple at Epworth United Methodist Church and to install cellphone antennas in the steeple, according to the company's Bryan Curtis.

About that bike raffle benefit at CP Market ...

Jun 19 2014
Bonnie Palter wrote the other day about the bicycle raffle at Candler Park Market that will benefit both CPNO and Lake Claire Neighbors. Then, Peter Bluestone thought to take a snapshot of the blue-and-white cruiser.
Candler Park Market bicycle raffle
Pretty slick, huh? Certainly worth riding over to the market to put $2 — or four, or six, or eight — into the raffle pot. Doncha think?
New Belgium Brewery donated one of the "hand-crafted" bicycle as a promotion for their Fat Tire ale. Get it? Fat tire bicycle? The Market has kindly opted to raffle it, and to give the proceeds to CPNO and LCN.
"The bicycle will be displayed from now until our customer appreciation on July 12th when we will draw the winning ticket," according to an email from the folks at the Market.

Handcrafted Bicycle to be raffled off

Jun 18 2014

 Posted for Candler Park Market

 For the past several years, New Belgium Brewery has generously donated one of their hand crafted  bicycles for us to display in the Market.  New Belgium leaves the fate of the bicycle to the discretion  of each store once it goes off display. 

We have always held a raffle for the bicycle with proceeds from ticket sales donated to the CPNO and LCN.  The bicycle will be displayed from now until our customer appreciation on July 12th when we will draw the winning ticket during our customer appreciation.  Each ticket is $2, and proceeds from ticket purchases are equally donated to CPNO and LCN. 

Tour of Homes, Gardens, And More

Jun 18 2014

Need homes and gardens for the tour. Homes that are 'for sale' are acceptable. Need volunteers to house sit during the tour. The tour will be in conjunction with FallFest. Also need Sponsorships: caterers, florists, real estate brokers, etc. If interested, contact Lexa King ( or Bonnie Palter (

2 great ways to keep up on crime in CP

Jun 9 2014
From Safety Officer Russell Miller
Folliowing up on our crime discussion at the May CPNO meeting, I want to give you two options to start getting crime and cafety info in your email box. 
Good: Sign up for the Candler Park Safety Yahoo group. You have to have Yahoo account (free) and be signed in to join. Once signed in, you'll get copied on any new topics, including timely alerts that other members post.
Better. Sign up for, which is another free social media site. Go to the dropdown menu under your name at the upper right corner; go to "settings"; opt to receive "immediate updates" on Crime & Safety. I recommend Next Door because that's Zone 6 APD posts alerts there and also automatically feeds information right onto the site. It's also connected to our surrounding neighborhoods -- sort of like micro Facebook organized by neighbors and neighborhoods. 
I'll try to post as much info as I get on both locations. But it's important keep in mind that these two resources work best if you participate also: If you learn about a crime and run into something suspicious, this is where you can inform your neighbors what's happening. Let's keep these two sites active and useful.
Please help by passing this information along to any other neighbors. The more active participants, the more effective these networks.

CP festival coupon steers dollars toward park improvements

May 25 2014

CPNO has worked out a deal with organizers of the Candler Park Music & Food Festival that will get you a free wristband for both days of the event AND will help us raise money for park improvements envisioned in our Master Plan.

All you have to do is hit this link, print out the flyer, and show up at the festival on Friday from 4 pm to 10 pm. Turn in the flyer, and you get the wristband, which otherwise runs $5-$10.

The good deal from the neighborhood's standpoint: Rival Entertainment will contribute a dollar to each person who turns in a flyer. That means more money to improve the pool, fix landscaping problems, and create a long-dreamed-about Candler Park Conservancy.

So, be sure to:

1) email the link to the flyer or the PDF to folks both inside and outside Candler Park;

2) print out a copy for you, your spouse, your kid, your grandmother and even that crazy cousin you keep locked up in the attic;

3) get every single friend, acquaintance and stranger from other neighborhoods near and far to print out the flyer;

4) head on over to the festival on Friday with your flyer and make sure that all family members, friends, and other sentient beings come along with their flyers as well;

5) grab your free wristband, which festival goers must have to purchase alcoholic beverages (the flyers will be honored for children, but those under 18 won't get wristbands);

6) enjoy the festival.

At least 24 food trucks are slated to come to the festival, which was formerly known as Midsummer Food & Music Festival. Friday night is local act night, and there tends to be more of a neighborhood-friendly feel. Among Friday's acts are Sundogs, Moontower and Wesley Cook.

New Orleans jazz-funk-rap musician Trombone Shorty headlines Saturday evening, following half a dozen other acts. But be sure drop Friday with the flyer, because if you do, you'll be able to bring your wristband to Saturday's show.