Fire at Corner Tavern / major traffic impact

May 23 2013

Hey neighbors, a fire broke out at Corner Tavern in L5P this afternoon, causing all lanes of Moreland Ave to shut-down in L5P. This is jamming roads throughout the area, which is pretty evident if you've tried to go anywhere. You may want to think twice about being on the roads for a little while if you can avoid it.

Zoning highlights last night's Master Plan forum

May 23 2013

Thanks to more than 60 neighbors who participated at last night's Draft Master Plan Community Forum. A truly engaged group grabbed the opportunity, at Epworth Church, to review dozens of recommendations, and to offer their own insights and ideas.

Candler Park Draft Master Plan Community ForumFor those who were unable to come: Our lead planner, Aaron Fortner, offered up his take on which ideas have so far garnered a consensus and which currently fall short of consensus. Among the former: A Candler Park conservancy and a weekly farmer's market. Among the latter: A dog park, or at least a specific location for one.

Then, Fortner proposed a variety of zoning tweaks designed to encourage land uses supported by neighborhood, as well to protect the neighborhood from undesirable change. After that, participants were unleashed with Sharpies to comment on the recommendations and to add in more of their own.
Fortner and company are now working to update the recommendations based on community feedback. He and his team will hone those notes into a draft plan, which he plans to put online at by June 7. There will be a mechanism there to suggest changes. And the draft is slated to be presented for further comment at the CPNO June meeting.
If you've got something to say now, though, don't wait until later to speak up. Go to this page to offer feedback. And if you don't want to miss a future landmark in the Master Plan process, keep checking blog and/or "Like" the Candler Park Facebook page. Bottom line: The next key date to remember is June 7, when Fortner plans to have that first draft up on the Master Plan website.

Candler Park Movie Night - Brave

Come one, come all! On Saturday, May 25, the Candler Park Movie Night will be Brave.

Candler Park Movie Nights are FREE and take place in Candler Park at dusk (with plenty of running around and general shenanigans in the hour before that). Movie night is produced by Friends of Candler Park and funded by CPNO.

Movie Info: Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it's too late. -- (C) Disney



Sat, 05/25/2013 - 7:30pm
Candler Park in front of pool house

Opening day of Candler Park Pool for 2013 season

The City of Atlanta has released its 2013 pool schedules, and good news -- Candler Park pool will be open seven days a week this summer. Hooray!

Opening day of the CP pool will be on Saturday, May 25 and the season will run until Sunday, September 2.

Hours: 7 days a week, 12:30 pm - 7 pm

Admission: Children 5 and under: free. Children 6 - 16: $2. Adults 17 - 54: $4. Senior citizens (55 & up): $2.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 3 and under must wear a swim diaper.

The Candler Park pool is owned and managed by the City of Atlanta. Any questions, please contact the City of Atlanta Parks Department at 404-546-6788. The pool phone number is 404-373-4349.

More information is available in the City of Altanta brochure here.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 12:30pm
Candler Park Pool

Mulberry Fields Summer Soulstice Soiree

Posted on behalf of Jesse Bathrick:

Sat, 06/22/2013 - 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Mulberry Fields - 1301 Iverson St.

2013 Fall Fest Budget

May 21 2013

Please find below the proposed 2013 Fall Fest budget. This is scheduled for a vote by CPNO membership at the June 17 CPNO meeting.

INCOME 2013Budget
Road Race including sponsorship $34,000
All Vending $47,000
Tour Homes Misc Income $3,600
Promotion $15,000
Production and Talent $18,500
Safety and Sanitation $13,200
Road Race $4,850
Rentals $9,400
City of Atlanta permits $1,050
Affiliated organizations $2,050
Insurance $2,300
Miscellaneous / All Other Expenses $5,650
NET INCOME $12,600

May Messenger

May 20 2013

Hey Candler Parkers, it's here!

Let us plant together: The Urban Gardeners of Candler Park

May 19 2013

From Scott Jacobs:

Gardeners of Candler Park, unite. Whether you garden vegetables or flowers, organic or traditional, experienced or just beginning with your first seedling, this group can help us all be better gardeners, enjoy our successes, learn from our failures, work collectively, share resources, and just have a good time with other gardeners. The group will be able to think about several kinds of activities, including:    

•              Companionship for gardening addicts: Meeting to exchange gardening methods and information

•              Touring gardens in the neighborhood

•              Trading seeds and seedlings (those of us who germinate always have too many seeds and seedlings)

•              Showing novice gardeners some techniques and advice such as fertilizing, pest control, and trouble shooting

•              Working with researchers to pilot new plant varieties in Atlanta   

•              Organizing relations with local food banks to deliver excess produce

•              Selling produce as part of charity events

•              Organizing with local restaurants “Eat Local” nights where meals are prepared with local produce

•              Supporting local gardens at rest homes and schools with knowledge and seedlings

•              Discussing technologies such as rain water retention and raised beds

•              Keeping rodents out of gardens J

The first kickoff event will be held in June 2013. If you are interested in having more information, please send an email to, Scott Jacobs, who can also be reached at 404 222 2402. 

Next up: May 22 draft Master Plan forum

May 14 2013

Candler Parkers took a big step at a "Charrette Overview" on May 4 toward completing our neighborhood master plan.

About 70 residents attended the forum, where they were guided by a professional planning team through exercises designed to tease out details on neighborhood priorities. And if you missed it, you can now make your own voice heard by offering specific feedback on the very same topics online. Simply click here.
Charrette Overview meeting at Frazer Center. Photo by Aaron FortnerThe next step in the Master Planning process will be a "Draft Plan Community Forum," (7-8:30 pm, May 22, at the Epworth Church Fellowship Hall). At that meeting, planners hope to present draft proposals and more exercises on a wide variety of issues  — ranging from land use to traffic calming to the future of our parks.
Then, the planners will cobble together an actual draft plan, which will be made available for online comment and for discussion at a CPNO monthly meeting (tentatively, the June meeting). The trick will be to come up with a draft plan that has broad enough support to gain CPNO approval.
“There really is no science behind it,” said Aaron Fortner, who leads the planning team. “We’ll be putting everything forward to the [CP Master Plan] Steering Committee, and collectively we’ll be deciding what should move forward, what should come out, or what should keep being tweaked to keep seeing if we can get somewhere.”
“The goal of the plan is to document the community conversations that occur throughout the process and to delineate strategies for implementing those recommendations that have broad-based support,” Fortner said.
A refined draft plan should be ready for consideration by CPNO in late summer. And, finally, if approved by CPNO, it would go to the Neighborhood Planning Unit and on to City Council for official adoption.
It’s important to remember that having a Master Plan by no means guarantees that its proposals will come to fruition. But it does provide a roadmap for future decisions within the community, and it's likely to influence city officials as they make policy and funding decisions for the neighborhood and the adjoining areas. It also puts Candler Park in a better position to get money for such improvements as traffic calming, streetscapes and park facilities.
A similar article appears in this month's Candler Park Messenger.

Fox Bros. Renovations to be Complete by Friday

May 14 2013

Fox Bros. renovations will be complete by later this week. See the Patch article here.