Accomplishments: Proctor Creek Urban Waters Location
Lindsay Street Park
On October 21, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined residents, partners, foundations, and businesses to celebrate the opening of the first park in Atlanta's English Avenue neighborhood. Creation of the Lindsay Street Park was led by the Conservation Fund's Parks with Purpose program, in partnership with Park Pride. The park includes green infrastructure which will help absorb stormwater, alleviate flooding of nearby homes, and improve water quality in the headwaters of Proctor Creek.
Riverkeeper expands a Neighborhood Water Watch Program and helps to identify and resolve major pollution problems in the Proctor Creek Watershed. Additional funding has allowed the grantee to strengthen this program, which analyzes water samples in partnership with community members. Proctor Creek Watershed residents will implement a Proctor Creek ‘River Rendezvous,’ a water quality education and community organizing initiative that connects citizens with local streams.
This project covers the low income and predominantly African American communities in the low elevation residential neighborhoods of English Avenue, Vine City and Washington Park that sit in the western part of the Proctor Creek/North Avenue watershed. The Eco-Action, Inc. project will bring academics together with leaders of underserved communities to better understand the extent and impact of sewage and stormwater flows from the high elevation Atlanta University Center campuses on the downstream residential communities. The project team will work with Atlanta University Center faculty to incorporate green infrastructure principles and practices, and water quality issues specific to Proctor Creek into engineering courses. These efforts will be supported by professional hydrologists and land-use-planning personnel.