Christmas Eve Holiday Caroling

Neighbors will gather at the Stokes Avenue Pocket Park on Christmas Eve to sing carols and enjoy each other’s company. Refreshments will be served, but additional refreshments are always welcomed.

Take a look at photos from the 2012 caroling event: http://www.westviewatlanta.com/2012/12/2012-westview-caroling-photos/

Stokes Park Christmas Carols

Stokes Park Christmas Carols

This year Westview neighbors gathered at the Stokes Avenue Pocket Park on Christmas Eve once again to get in the holiday spirit by singing Christmas carols and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies.

To see photos of the Christmas caroling view the photo gallery below (click “continue reading”) or visit the Westview Facebook page.

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Sunset Yoga at Stokes Park

Sunset Yoga at Stokes Park

Weekly yoga classes will now be taking place in Westview! A group of neighbors are organizing sunset sessions every Tuesday evening at Stokes Avenue Community Park.

Details: Meet at Stokes Avenue Park with your yoga mat every Tuesday at 7:00pm for a gentle sunset stretch in the grass. Cost is $5 per person or, if there are less than 4 people in attendance, the $20 minimum hourly fee will be divided by the number of attendees (e.g. $7 each for 3 people, $10 each for 2 people, $20 for a one-on-one session). In case of inclement weather the class will take place at a neighbor’s house – please email info@westviewatlanta.com for address.

Location: Stokes Avenue Community Park, 1556 Stokes Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30310

Time: 7:00pm to 8:00pm

To learn more about the yoga instructor, Xan, visit her website: http://www.xantaryn.com/yoga.html

Trees Atlanta & HouseProud

Trees Atlanta and HouseProud Work Day

Saturday, October 27th, 2012 was a busy day for the Westview community. Both Trees Atlanta and HouseProud were in the neighborhood doing work.

Trees Atlanta got big help thanks to the fourth grade class (and their parents) from the Westminster School. Trees were planted along the landscape strip on Stokes Avenue and additional trees were planted in the front yard of houses on East Ontario Avenue.

In the meanwhile HouseProud and its volunteers were busy painting a house next to the Stokes Avenue Pocket Park. The owner, Ms. Pippy, was ecstatic about the work and even picked up the brush to do a little work.

To view more photos of the Trees Atlanta and HouseProud work day please visit our Westview Facebook page.

Trees Atlanta Planting in Westview

Upcoming Trees Atlanta Planting

Trees Atlanta will be planting trees along Stokes Avenue and East Ontario Avenue on Saturday, October 27, 2012 starting at 9:00am. Please meet at the Stokes Avenue Community Park at 1556 Stokes Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30310.

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 9:00am
Location: Corner of Stokes Avenue and East Ontario Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30310

Trees Atlanta Fall Planting

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 9:00am
Location: Corner of Stokes Avenue and East Ontario Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30310

Trees Atlanta will be planting trees along Stokes Avenue and East Ontario Avenue on Saturday, October 27, 2012 starting at 9:00am. Please meet at the Stokes Avenue Community Park at 1556 Stokes Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30310.

Hands On Atlanta Day at Stokes Avenue Pocket Park

Hands On Atlanta Day

On October 6th the Westview Community Organization participated in “Hands On Atlanta Day.” Thanks to an initial grant received through Hands On Atlanta for the Stokes Avenue Park in the spring, the WCO was eligible for a follow-up grant if participating on “Hands On Atlanta Day.” The grant purchased additional landscaping to be planted in the park. Neighbors and the “Youth of Westview” program came together to first clean up the pocket park and then plant peach trees, camellia and rose bushes, chrysanthemums, hostas, pansies, and a variety of other plants. The last task was spreading grass seed. Little by little the Stokes Avenue Pocket Park is developing into a little neighborhood oasis.

To view more photos of “Hands On Atlanta Day” please visit our Westview Facebook page.

Stokes Avenue Community Pocket Park

Park Taking Shape

Work on the Stokes Avenue Community Pocket Park continued on Saturday, June 16th, 2012. The park is starting to take shape – the picket fence is now complete, mulch was spread, additional landscaping was planted, and two raised beds were planted for a community herb garden. The work was rounded off with a picnic in the new park!

To view more photos of the Stokes Park work day please visit our Westview Facebook page.

Sad House Turns Community Park

Stokes Avenue Park Before

Sometimes progress appears slow, but patience and hard work show that good things come to those who wait.

A property at 1556 Stokes Avenue, commonly referred to by neighbors as “the blue box,” was an eyesore for years. The 1980s infill construction was a bland looking two story box with a faux roof, siding falling off the walls, and overgrown grass. As with many code enforcement issues, the owner of the property was hard to track down, but was eventually found and a court date was set for March 2010.

The story turns out to be quite a bizarre one. When members of the community showed up in court to fight against the owner it became known that the property, among others, had been left in the woman’s name by her estranged husband. Only recently being made aware of the properties she was quick to come to an agreement of signing the property over to the community so the house could be torn down and turned into a pocket park.

With the help of the University Community Development Corporation (UCDC) the property was demolished in October 2011 and turned over to the community. And thanks to two grants, the “NPU-T” grant and the “Love Your Block” grant, the land will be turned into a pocket park for neighbors to enjoy!

Stay tuned for updates on how this sad house will be turned into a community spot.