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Druid Hills

About

“Through the years… Druid Hills strongly influenced suburban planning throughout Atlanta. Architects who gained experience from working in our neighborhood later shaped Ansley Park, Morningside, Garden Hills, and Avondale Estates. Design elements were emulated in Brookwood Hills, and the West Paces Ferry area.  More recently, office parks that emphasize green space and natural terrain have harked back to Olmsted. In fact, some scholars maintain that had it not been for … Druid Hills, Atlanta would not be the park-like city it is today.” http://druidhills.org/neighborhood-overview/

History

“With its beautiful linear park and parkways designed at the turn of the 20th century by Frederick Law Olmsted, the Druid Hills Historic District richly deserves its designation on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it resides remarkably near the center of Atlanta’s sprawling metropolitan area.

Druid Hills

 Some find it hard to believe that this magnificent urban neighborhood was conceived and executed as one of Atlanta’s first suburbs. Yet it continues to evoke the past with its winding roads, eclectic architecture, and green canopy. The U.S. Department of the Interior once declared Druid Hills to be ‘significant as the finest example of late 19th and early 20th century comprehensive planning and development in the Atlanta area, and one of the finest period suburbs in the Southeast.’http://druidhills.org/neighborhood-overview/

Walkability

  • With a walkability to score of 47, Druid HIlls is considered A CAR DEPENDENT AREA, and most errands need to be accomplished by car.
  • With a bikability score of 57, Druid Hills is considered SOMEWHAT BIKABLE

http://www.walkscore.com/GA/Atlanta/Druid_Hills

Schools

http://www.greatschools.org/search/search.page?q=30306&state=GA

http://www.greatschools.org/search/search.page?q=30307&state=GA

Farmer’s Markets and Community Gardens

Open year round on Saturdays and Wednesdays, this is a growing favorite:

http://decaturfarmersmarket.com/wordpress

Visit the Morningside Farmer’s Market for the only market featuring ONLY certified organic produce and much more:

http://www.morningsidemarket.com

See this great list as well for markets all over Atlanta:http://www.11alive.com/news/article/187640/387/Top-10-Farmers-Markets-in-Metro-Atlanta-

Mulberry Fields Community Garden and Greenspace

Home to goats and chickens this open meadow can be found in the heart of Candler Park via Iverson Road.

Wylde Center (formerly Oakhurst Community Gardens): the jewel of Decatur hosts such community projects as the Decatur Farms to School initiative, the Riverview CSA, and Urban Coop (classes for raising chickens in the city). Members and non-members alike can take part in year long classes about gardening and sustainable living. The Garden invites all school children to visit annually and offers their space for birthday parties and other events. http://wyldecenter.org

Decatur High School Community Garden launched in 2011 and is growing every year. Contributing to the Decatur Farms to School project more and more students are taking part in raising healthy food for their classmates.

Our Community Farm Project: A Multicultural, Sustainable Urban Farm learn more about this amazing undertaking by Refugee Family Services at http://ourcommunityfarmproject.blogspot.com/p/about-us_09.html

Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market, A World Market, Open everyday 9am – 9 pm:

http://www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com

Two of the best sources for finding and starting Community Gardens in Atlanta:

http://www.parkpride.org/get-involved/community-programs/community-gardens

http://www.acfb.org/about/our-programs/community-gardens

Parks and Greenspaces

Baker Woodland, Emory University:

a beautiful  forest of oak, tulip poplar, beech, and hickory trees containing over 100 plant species.

Burbanck Park:

a 1.2-acre natural park which borders Peavine Creek.

Fernbank Forest:

at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Fernbank School Park:

This DeKalb County 12- park is located west of the CSX railroad tracks. It includes a multi-use field and court, playground, picnic area and walking trails.

Hahn Woods, Emory University:

a nature preserve with trail and viewing platform over the creek.

Medlock Park North Druid Hills subdivision:

Nine little league baseball fields with concessions, playground and a running/cycling trail which follows Nancy Creek.

Olmstead Linear Park Alliance:

A joint project by the city of Atlanta, Dekalb County and Fernbank, this alliance preserved and rehabilitated 6000 linear feet of paths and installed over 2600 trees and shrubs over an area once considered six separate parks.