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It’s coming – Spring Street Bridge will close in September for 3 years

Georgia DOT will replace the structurally deficient Spring Street viaduct (bridge) over the CSX railroad in downtown Atlanta.  The project is on Spring Street between Mitchell Street and Marietta Street, including Martin Luther King Jr. Drive between Forsyth Street and Spring Street. 

Total construction is estimated to take 36 months. The project was let in October 2013. Based on a November 2013 Notice to Proceed, the scheduled completion date is November 2016.

Read more about the project by clicking here

Detour Route

NOTICE: Landuse Rescheduled

The regular land use meeting has been rescheduled due to last weeks inclement weather. The meeting will be held:

  • Wednesday February 19, 2014
  • 6:00PM
  • Keller Williams Realty Intown
    • 621 North Avenue NE C50
    • Atlanta, GA 30308
    • Enter through the back/southern entrance of the Southern Dairies complex. Nicole Levine and/or Fiona Sites-Bowen will be there early to help guide people.

Bylaws require 48 hours notice for a meeting.  There will be no Executive Committee meeting on this date

Agenda:  NPU-M Land Use Special – February 2014 

National Park Foundation Grants Available

Active Trails

The Active Trails program promotes healthy living by literally getting people out and active on the trails — whether hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, or volunteering to help improve existing trails or to build new ones. This NPF signature program grants parks the opportunity to develop a community engagement platform through restoration work, recreational activities, and large-scale kickoff and celebration events. Among other goals, the program aligns with “Healthy Parks/Healthy Living” initiatives and, with the goals of the National Trails System leading up to the 50th anniversary in 2018, which encompass increasing public awareness, building and enhancing trails, and enhancing management capacity by Federal agencies. The 2014 Active Trails program is being made possible through the generous support of Coca-Cola and the Coca-Cola Foundation

To apply for a grant click here
Grant applications due: Friday, March 7, 2014
Questions: Contact Carolyn Hill, at 202-354-6471 or by email at chill@nationalparks.org

Park Stewards

The Park Stewards program launched in 2009. The program gives high school teachers and students the opportunity to explore the relevance of national parks to their lives, and enables them to become civically engaged stewards of their national parks. Through the program model, high school teachers and park rangers team up to develop curriculum and service-learning activities that tie to the national park and applicable state standards. The curriculum and service-learning activities are then implemented throughout the year with the high school students and revised through the fall and spring semesters. Through the service-learning activities, the students apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills (in addition to physical skills as appropriate) to address genuine needs of the park. The 2014-2015 Park Stewards program is being made possible through the generous support of the University of Phoenix and the National Park Foundation.

To apply for a grant click here.
Grant applications due: Friday, March 14, 2014
Questions: Contact Carolyn Hill, at 202-354-6471 or by email at chill@nationalparks.org

 America’s Best Idea

Now entering its sixth year, the America’s Best Idea grants program is an NPF signature program meant to engage diverse audiences in meaningful and relevant ways with national parks and inspire participants to become stewards of our national park system. The original goal of the program was to capitalize on the 2009, 12-hour Ken Burns film, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, as a catalyst for connecting under-represented audiences with their national parks. This program has evolved into a successful model for national parks to engage multi-cultural, multi-ethnic groups of all ages, and to inspire their future stewardship of our national parks. At its core, it is a community engagement program with an emphasis on underserved youth.

To apply for a grant click here.
Grant applications due: Friday, March 21, 2014
Questions: Contact Carolyn Hill, at 202-354-6471 or by email at chill@nationalparks.org

For more information click here.

New City Alarm Ordinance – Deadline to register is 2.1.14

City of Atlanta residents and businesses are now required to register their security and burglar alarm systems. In 2012, the Atlanta Police Department responded to 65,000 alarm system activations, 95% of which were false alarms or alarms that were cancelled in route. These calls represent more than six percent of total 911 dispatches. With every call taking an average of 20-30 minutes, the equivalent of 8-12 full-time police officers were dedicated to responding to false alarms, thereby taking away valuable public safety resources from more pressing matters.

Atlanta False Alarm Ordinance – Register by February 1, 2014

City of Atlanta residents and businesses are now required to register their security and burglar alarm systems. In 2012, the Atlanta Police Department responded to 65,000 alarm system activations, 95% of which were false alarms or alarms that were cancelled in route. These calls represent more than six percent of total 911 dispatches. With every call taking an average of 20-30 minutes, the equivalent of 8-12 full-time police officers were dedicated to responding to false alarms, thereby taking away valuable public safety resources from more pressing matters.

Fines assessed for false alarms.

Read the entire press release by clicking here

APD False Alarm flyer