The Candler Park Conservancy was formed in 2015 after the neighborhood of Candler Park created a master plan for the community on December 2, 2014. A key goal of that master plan was to establish a conservancy that could work in partnership with the City of Atlanta and the broader community to guide the park’s growth and improve its offerings.
As a membership organization, the Candler Park Conservancy is dedicated to gaining significant community input about the health and future growth of Candler Park. As we grow as an organization, the following values will guide everything we do:
- Open, democratic decision-making
- Enhancement of the park’s wildlife, natural areas and environmental sustainability
- Access to the park for a variety of activities to be enjoyed by Atlantans in all their diversity
Board Guidance for Visioning of Candler Park
The Candler Park Conservancy Board of Directors authorizes the Environment, Planning and Projects Committee to develop a long term Vision Document for the park.
Three broad objectives should help guide this Vision:
1. Sustainability: Among other measures, consider ecosystem enhancement, emphasis on non-motorized access, resilience, clean energy and green building practices.
2. Multiple uses: Accommodate current uses, balancing nature and play.
3. Stormwater management: Manage rainwater to reduce pooling and large flows; design landscape to reduce erosion and siltation.
Specific projects and issues that the Board hopes the Vision will address are:
A. Access: Emphasize non-motorized and ADA access. Improve access from multiple points, including from Candler Park Drive and Freedom Park PATH. Improve internal trail capacity.
B. Amphitheater: Determine best location and basic design for a naturalistic amphitheater.
C. Buildings (pool house and golf clubhouse): Pursue the renovation and/or creation of community buildings that: 1) better serve their designed purposes, and 2) provide quality community meeting/event space.
D. Events/active use: Design park’s active area to discourage festivals larger than Class C. Restrict events from spaces that cause excessive harm.
E. Exercise stations
F. Parking lot: Reduce footprint while preserving total spaces. Install porous surface.
G. Playground: Stress natural and creative play. Potentially reconfigure or relocate.
H. Riparian corridor: Protect beaver dams, ponds and wetlands. Seek to improve pedestrian access. Consider daylighting and naturalizing upstream section.
I. Playing field: Improve playing field drainage and overall quality. Consider perimeter track, possibly with exercise stations.
J. Pool: Improve deck area. Consider other water features (e.g. lap pool, splash pad).
K. Tennis courts: Attempt to meet ALTA standards.
Conservancy Board meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the Phillip Rush Center at 1530 Dekalb Avenue in Candler Park. All meetings are open to the public, and minutes from each meeting are below.
The mission of the Candler Park Conservancy is to serve as an accountable organization responsible for engaging stakeholders and for formulating, prioritizing, and implementing a collective vision for Candler Park park-space in partnership with the City of Atlanta.
The conservancy board and officers for 2016-17 term are as follows:
Stacy Funderburke (chair)
Amy Erwin (vice-chair)
Ben Klehr (treasurer)
Amy Stout (secretary)
Randy Pimsler (projects chair)
Corey Anderson (communications/membership chair)