Mattie Freeland Park

MATTIE FREELAND community house & Park


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Mattie Freeland Park started as a small community garden on a vacant lot in 2008, and will soon become an official City of Atlanta park. Cared for by a handful of neighbors in the early days, this space is now becoming known as an anchor in the English Avenue community.

This area honors the legacy of Ms. Mattie Freeland, a longtime English Avenue resident and New Life member. In 2006, Ms. Mattie shared a vision for this space - that it would be something beautiful to lift peoples' spirits.

The park vision consists of two main components - a community house for meetings, classes and workshops - and a greenspace for gathering and play.

The community house was completely rebuilt by a team from Holder Hunt Russell Moody, A Joint Venture (HHRM), the group constructing the Mercedes-Benz Stadium nearby. This team worked with New Life Covenant Church and Dr. Mironda Williams, Ms. Mattie's granddaughter, to bring the house back as a community space to benefit the residents of English Avenue. Various classes and workshops will kick off in the space in May 2017.

Other partners providing support and assistance to complete the project include: National Covenant Properties, the New Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Home Depot Foundation, Trees Atlanta and Invest Atlanta. A special thanks to Tommy Holder of Holder Construction, Dawn Brown of HHRM JV, Suganthi Simon of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and Mark Wentz of Americo Glass Fabrication (artist who created the sculpture that now sits in front of the home). This project would not have been possible without their support.

Land for the greenspace is now being acquired and funding sources for its eventual build-out are being identified. The Friends of Mattie Freeland Park just received a Small Change Grant from Park Pride to install new picnic tables and fencing. And our committed Atlanta District 3 Councilman Ivory Young also pledged $10,000 toward design documents for Mattie Freeland Park.

To Support the Work Financially
If you'd like to support this work financially, please click the logo to the left to make a gift. Please designate the gift as going toward Mattie Freeland Park. Thank you.


Ms. Mattie Freeland

Ms. Mattie Freeland


The Mattie Freeland Community House is located at 707 D'Alvigney St. NW.

 

Over the years...

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2008
+ Garden established Memorial Day weekend with construction of six raised beds
+ Vegetables and herbs planted

2009
+ Adjacent field sodded, shrubs planted and fencing installed
+ Playground equipment donated by North Avenue Presbyterian Church
+ Hands On Atlanta Day - more raised beds constructed, picnic area and fire pit added

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2010
+ Vegetables planted in raised beds
+ Kids Garden Club - 12 neighborhood children engaged in regular lessons on gardening & conservation
+ Trees Atlanta Day - 45 trees planted in and around the garden & adjacent blocks
+ Host to New Life Holy Week Services & Fall Festival
First Community Christmas Tree Lighting

2011
+ Tool shed constructed through church partnership
+ Host to New Life Holy Week services, Fall Festival & Community Christmas Tree

2012
+ Field re-sodded and improvements made through Love Your Block grant
+ Neighbors adopted plots and grew flowers and vegetables
+ Host to New Life Holy Week services, Fall Festival & Community Christmas Tree

 2013
+ Beds planted with vegetables and perennials
+ Movies in the Garden kicked off - "The Lorax" and "The Lion King"
+ Host to New Life Holy Week services
+ Work days with Trinity Covenant Church youth group, AECOM, Inc., and students from the GT School and City & Regional Planning
+ Host to New Life's 20th Anniversary Celebration, A Taste of English Avenue
+ Host to fourth annual Community Christmas Tree & Celebration

 2014
+ Movies in the Garden featured four family friendly films supported by neighborhood organizations
+ Host to New Life Holy Week services and Christmas celebration
+ Rallying spot for numerous community and partner events, including Blank Foundation/NCR work day

 2015
+ Movies in the Garden, sponsored by community partner organizations
+ Host to New Life Holy Week services and New Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center 15th Anniversary (June)
+ Park Pride Visioning Grant & Community Input Sessions (Summer)

 2016
+ Awarded Project for Public Spaces assistance grant to implement community-based ideas to activate the park
+ Host to New Life Holy Week services
+ Summer Series - June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23
+ Ice Cream Social
+ EarthShare of Georgia/Conservation Fund/Park Pride Work Day
 2017
+ Mattie Freeland Community House construction
+ Trade workshops for residents with HHRM, JV team and affiliated firms
+ Regular work days for neighbors and friends to help with construction
+ Awarded Park Pride Small Change Grant
+ Highlighted at Park Pride's annual conference for efforts in placemaking
+ Park given gift of $10,000 for design document from Atlanta District 3 Councilman Ivory Young

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We welcome any volunteers that would like to help with events or work days in the park.
Please contact Stephen Causby at swcausby@gmail.com if you are interested.