Our Work


The Candler Park Conservancy is involved in both longterm and short-term projects to improve the park. You'll find out more about our exciting longterm vision here.

We'll post news about ongoing projects large and small on this page.


Check Out the Maturing New Entrance Design and Landscaping!

The beautiful layout and resilient plantings around the McLendon Avenue entrance were completed over the spring and early summer.  We wanted a full re-imagining of the overgrown and unkempt area that would be a fitting entry into Atlanta's "Natural Place to Play".  After working with landscape designers and the Parks Department, a plan was created to beautify the park entrance using stone and local vegetation in a way that would thrive now and in the future.  Even with the excessively hot and rainy summer we have had, the new entrance looks great (huge thanks to CPC volunteers who have kept out the weeds during this initial season)!  Now that the plants have gotten established, this project was designed to be a low maintenance, but gorgeous gateway to Candler Park.  Have a look at these before & after images to see for yourself!!

The project was made possible through major contributions in time and money from the Candler Park Conservancy, design by Elise Cormier (, a number of plants and bulbs from Intown Ace Hardware (, as well as materials and labor from Chandler Hardscapes.  Contributions in time and money from the Candler Park Conservancy and our dedicated volunteers make projects like this possible, so please consider joining or donating to the Candler Park Conservancy today!


Pool Plantings Make the Summer Heat a Little More Bearable!

Many thanks to our volunteers who helped brighten up Candler Park pool! We also got a lot of weeding done at the front entrance to the park, and continue to do so weekly. Our volunteers were Nancy Porteous, Judy Aehle, Amy Erwin, Susan Archie, Silvia Medrano-Edelstein, Jennie Richardson, Lisa Morris, and Emily Taff.

All of our plants were donated by Linley Branham with Constellation Energy. The community is grateful for your efforts and the results!






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New Lights Welcome Visitors to Candler Park!

As you walk or drive into the park this fall, take a moment to check out the new, artist-created entrance lanterns which have been successfully installed on both sides of the gates at the McClendon entrance to Candler Park.  This Candler Park Conservancy project to update the main entrance was completed in mid-August just in time to shine at Fall Fest.

The park’s entrance gates were originally designed and erected in 1932 by the firm of Edwards & Sayward (designers of the Candler Park golf clubhouse) with electric lights to accentuate the stone entrance.  The original lights and fixtures had been vandalized sometime previous to 1980, with only the junction boxes and shards of the brackets remaining.  The new design was inspired both by the work of the original architects (who did similar lights at Buttrick Hall at Agnes Scott College), as well as the fragments of the original lights remaining on the gates.

These bronze, solar powered lights are the product of the hard work of multiple people including Candler Park Conservancy Board Member Amy Erwin and the Beltline artist and fabricator, Cash Barnes.  We also thank CPNO and the Urban Design Commission for their support on this project.  Funding for the design, creation and installation of these lights was provided by the Candler Park Conservancy and Park Pride.



Fall 2016 Quarterly Update