Monday, June 26, 2017

The trouble with tribbles

We can only guess at James T. Kirk's reaction...


... to the pink-striped oakworm moth.

It's a boy! Females have purplish coloration along the wing edges.
Furry, stem to stern.

Found along the east coast and south all the way to east Texas, this moth lays eggs on oak trees. The namesake caterpillars are spikey and have deep pink stripes running along their bodies. The caterpillars hatch and feed on their first year, pupate underground, and emerge on their second year to mate. See https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Anisota-virginiensis for more photos and information.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Friends of Medlock Park meeting [June 28]

We are having a Friends of Medlock Park meeting on Wednesday, June 28 at 7 PM in the clubhouse in the center of the ball fields.

All are welcome to attend!!

We will discuss on-going efforts to honor Lisa's work in the community, our upcoming Park Pride grant proposal and project, a fall clean-up day for the Scott lots, and any other park business. We will be joined by the DHYS President to continue dialogue with the neighborhood and discuss upcoming DHYS projects in the park. Look forward to seeing everyone!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Remembering Lisa Crowder

The Medlock community is saddened at the unexpected passing of Lisa Crowder. An active, longtime resident, in recent years Lisa became a staunch advocate for many neighborhood greenspace projects: she battled weeds encroaching the Willivee bridge and other walkways, joined the Friends of Medlock Park group, and helped push forward the beautification of FEMA floodplain lots on Scott Circle. Lisa also partnered with the International Community School in refugee initiatives and installed Little Libraries. And she ran an epic Facebook group.

In remembrance, friends and neighbors will gather at the kiosk on Medlock Park on Sunday, June 25, 10am.

Friends and neighbors are also organizing the purchase of a commemorative bench to be placed at Medlock Park. If you would like to contribute, please go to https://www.gofundme.com/lisa-crowder-memorial-bench

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

POSTPONED! Little Creek Conservancy: Fun and Picnic


This event has been postponed due to recent rains making the area too boggy for the activities.

See http://littlecreekfarmconservancy.com/LCFC/Home.html for updates.

Grand opening: new section of South Peachtree Creek Trail [June 24]

A new section of the South Peachtree Creek PATH opens this week. For several years now, we have been enjoying the PATH that connects Medlock Park to Mason Mill Park. This new section creates a connection to North Druid Hills Rd. 

The AJC reported on this extension here (bonus: short video of the trail as experienced on a bike).
We'll have to wait for PATH to update its maps for an accurate depiction of the actual trail. For now, see below. The red line marks the existing PATH between Medlock and Mason Mill parks. The new trail connects the two blue asterisks, exiting at a new crosswalk on  North Druid Hills across from Spring Creek Rd.

Modified from https://pathfoundation.org/trails

As noted by PATH last March, the "PATH design team has initiated design between Mason Mill Park and Clairmont Road near the VA Hospital. There are easements to be obtained and funding to be identified, but it seems promising we will have a trail from Mason Mill Park to the Emory campus during 2018.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Enjoy our summer newsletter

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5X3azbRb7ZtNWpZVDU2Q2dFb1E
The Summer issue of Medlock Matters is out! It includes updates on zoning, schools, greenspace, neighborhood safety, and a wonderful history of the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve written by Mary Shellman.

Click here to view the newsletter.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Medlock pool opens May 27

via Commissioner Rader...

DeKalb County Pools to Open May 27

Wedlock Park hours
Sunday: 1 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday: closed
Monday, Wednesday through Saturday: noon to 6 p.m.

see hours for other County pools below...

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DeKalb County’s pools will open Memorial Day weekend starting on Saturday, May 27. The official seasons runs May 27 through July 30. Select pools will remain open on weekends through Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4. Residents are encouraged to splash into summer by visiting a neighborhood pool. The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs also offers various programs including swim lessons, water aerobics and more.  For more information, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov/parks or contact (770) 414-2113.

Pool locations and hours of operation

•    Browns Mill Aquatic Facility, 4929 Browns Mill Rd, Lithonia, GA 30038
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, 1 to 7 p.m.

•    Exchange Splash Pad, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30034
Hours: Monday, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday and Tuesday, noon to 7 p.m.

•    Gresham Park, 3113 Gresham Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
Hours: Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Monday closed; Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

•    Kittredge Park, 2535 N. Druid Hills Road, Atlanta, GA 30329
Hours: Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Monday closed; Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

•    Lithonia Park, 2501 Park Drive, Lithonia, GA 30058
Hours: Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Monday closed; Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

•    Tobie Grant Park, 644 Parkdale Road, Scottdale, GA 30079
Hours: Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Monday closed; Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

•    Kelly Cofer Park, 4259 N. Park Dr. Tucker, GA 30084
Hours: Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday closed; Monday, Wednesday through Saturday,                    
noon to 6 p.m.

•    Midway Park, 3181 Midway Road, Decatur, GA 30032
Hours: Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday closed; Monday, Wednesday through Saturday,                  
noon to 6 p.m.