Project Engagement Activities to Date
- SOUND – Music in the Park representing different cultures and various styles
- LIGHT– Different colored lights on and around an underutilized part of the park
- PLAY– Dance and exercise in the park
- A feeling of community and working together
- Events and games
- Play and playful opportunities such as programs, equipment or installations
- Respect for space, and an appreciation for nature
- Connectivity and access to the park from all neighborhoods
- Lighting features to create a playful and sage environment
- Exercise dances classes and Tai Chi
- Rainbow colored bird houses with glow in the dark roofs to add color and community building opportunities while painting, installing, and in future bird walks
- Live music representing various styles
- Mural artist to do participatory mural in Park reflecting the voices of the neighborhoods
- Exploration of lighting features
At the same time residents identified other opportunities to better connect and turn what may have once been seen as a barrier between neighborhoods, into a bridge for a stronger community, including clearing brush in the area to increase visibility and sense of safety.
7. Birdhouse Painting Party
In May, residents came to paint bird houses and install them in Anita Stroud Park! While the paint was drying, residents went on a nature walk to learn about the feathery friends that will inhabit the new homes and other natural species from our own Daryl Gaston (Druid Hills) and Debbie Foster from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation.
8. Move it Saturdays
Every Saturday in June and July, residents came out to dance and sweat in the park. Zumba and Tai Chi exercise was led by I Imagine Fitness and Wellness in partnership with Park and Recreation.
9. Last Fridays – Music in the Park
Kicking off the music series, A Sign of the Times, a non-profit educated to improving our community through programs and services that positively reflect the rich musical heritage that is uniquely African American, played some Motown, favorites. Resident from all sides of the park came out to enjoy the sounds, soul, and community! Residents also had the opportunity to hear from the No Barriers Project leaders, Lula Jones (Genesis Park) ,Sharon Young (Genesis Park) , Adrienne Martinez about what the No Barriers Project is all about. Music events will be played the last Friday of every month, through September.
Coming up next, Harvest Fest 2016, and seating and light installations! Stay tuned!