Your Briarlake Forest Park is growing and we are contacting you today to update you on the park’s progress and to ask for your financial support to continue improving this wonderful neighborhood asset.
As you consider a gift, we’d like to share all that your gifts, grants and DeKalb County funding have made possible this year. Just in the past few weeks you may have noticed that the implementation of Phase One of the Master Plan is well underway. Phase One includes:
Expanding the entry driveway to include limited parking;
Constructing a walking trail (made with pervious material and edged with stone) around the meadow;
Adding split-rail fencing and signage at all of the park's entrances; and
Installing a water fountain and a faucet.
In addition to being our fiscal partner, Park Pride is also a valued source of grant funding. During this past year, gifts from our neighbors and volunteers hours helped leverage a grant from Park Pride that funded planting native plants in the flower beds in front of the house and constructing three picnic tables, four rest benches and trails markers in the Forest. This Park Pride grant was funded by The Home Depot Foundation.
Also in 2017:
Goats were rented to remove invasive plants;
We benefited from two Eagle Scout Projects (Jack Hobbs, steps on the steep slope, and Lukas Kersh, kiosk at Castleway entrance);
We entered into a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) partnership with Briarlake Elementary School;
Volunteer groups from local schools, Ernst & Young and Cherry Bekaert LLP worked in the park;
The forest was inducted into the Old Growth Forest Network;
Dr. Jeremy Dahl a/k/a Machete Man and his Deep Forest Field School began to restore the park property along Amberwood Drive; and
Volunteers have provided over 2300 hours of service at the park on our monthly work days in addition to hundreds of hours of service by the Friends of Briarlake Forest Park.
Going forward, your gift will be combined with funds from DeKalb County and will fund the conversion of the two-room house to an open air pavilion, enhance security in the Forest, and continue work to clear invasives and make more of the park usable. We leverage the funds you entrust to us!
We ask you to join our efforts by making a tax-deductible gift to Park Pride designated for Briarlake Forest Park by going here and selecting Briarlake Forest from the drop down menu. If you prefer to donate by check, you can download the necessary form at parkpride.org. On the memo of your check, please write "Briarlake Forest Park." You may also go to parkpride.org, click on the orange "DONATE" button, then scroll down to the bottom of the donation page and click the section "Can I Give Money to a Specific Park or Project?" From the drop down menu choose "Briarlake Forest." In that section, click "please use this form" to navigate to the form for making your gift.
Thank you for your consideration of this request and for all the hard work that has brought your park this far. We look forward to future improvements building on all the work accomplished during the past two years. If you have questions about the park or the planned improvements, please contact us through the website: https://wwwbriarlakeforestpark.com or by contacting a member of the Executive Committee listed below.
Chuck Van Horn CVanHorn@bfvlaw.com
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