February Community News

Check out news and announcements from our Westside partners and friends.


Event: Groundbreaking Ceremony for the future home of the Rodney Cook Sr. Park in Historic Vine City
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 10-11 a.m.

Event: Raising Expectations’ Family Engagement Brunch
Date: Saturday, March 4

News: Atlanta Business Owner Turns Setback Into Success After Rent Increase Closes Cafe (NewsOne)
Keitra Bates received a fellowship to jump start an online enterprise after she closed a popular pizza cafe when the landlords raised the rent.

News: Street Groomers fight to ‘clean up’ Atlanta (Creative Loafing)
Grass-roots group serves underserved neighborhoods

Event: Black History Month Youth Hack Day – Presented by Goodie Nation

  • Saturday, February 25 @ The Gathering Spot | 9A-6P
  • Ideation Lab: Middle + High School Students Learn From Tech Leaders
  • How To Design Violence Prevention Apps For A Chance To Win Prizes
  • Free Registration; Powered By Level Playing Institute

Event: Rodney Cook, Sr. Park Green Infrastructure & Capacity Relief Project Community Meeting – hosted by the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management

  • Date: Saturday, Feb. 11, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Higher Ground Empowerment Center – 561 Spencer St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30314

News: Westside Atlanta park honoring Civil Rights leaders could soon start construction (Curbed)
Also: Park Planned To Bring Vine City A Place To Play, Flood Relief (WABE)

News: City, Atlanta University Center partner for student safety (AJC)

Funding OpportunityLaureus and Mercedes seek requests for Westside youth sports programs grants (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

National non-profit Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA is accepting grant proposals for youth sports programs in three of Atlanta’s Westside communities — English Avenue, Vine City, and Washington Park. The grants are part of “Sport for Good Atlanta,” funded by Atlanta-based Mercedes-Benz USA, the non-profit’s top funder.

UPDATEApplication Link – www.tfaforms.com/454622 (Deadline: The expression of interest is due March 3rd. Those who are invited to submit a full application will have the full proposals due April 21.)

Event: City of Refuge “Refuge Run” – March 25, 2017