Presentation about Atlanta’s Historic Druid Hills and Chicago’s Village of Riverside Showcases Olmsted’s First and Last Residential Communities

The work of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, spans decades and his contributions to the beauty of our cities endures today. The 200th anniversary of Olmsted’s birth will be celebrated at home and nationally in April 2022. 

As a prelude to this bi-centennial commemoration, Olmsted Linear Park Alliance (OLPA) on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom will showcase and compare Olmsted’s first and last residential communities – Riverside, Illinois, outside of Chicago, designed in 1869, and Druid Hills in Atlanta, designed in 1893. 

Noted Atlanta landscape architect and National Association for Olmsted Parks board member, Spencer Tunnell, will take us on a journey through time to explore how these two special communities were designed to build a sense of community, equity and greenspace for all. “Olmsted’s residential designs reflect his concern for humanity, his love of nature and his belief in the importance of community,” says Mr. Tunnell. “I look forward to sharing how these two historic communities remain living testaments to Olmsted’s principles and how we can carry them forward.”

These first and last Olmsted-designed communities share innovative and naturalistic landscape plans, featuring parks, vistas, winding roads and native plantings. 

To learn more about Olmsted Linear Park Alliance and to register for the one-hour presentation via Zoom, please visit www.atlantaolmstedpark.orgThis presentation is made possible through the generous support of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. 

You’re also invited to celebrate Olmsted’s birthday through Olmsted 200, an exclusive opportunity to watch Olmsted and America’s Public Parks online anytime between April 24-25. The next day, April 26, from 5:30-6:30 PM (EDT), join a live panel discussion moderated by TIMEMagazine’s Justin Worland with Dr. Thaisa Way, Happy Haynes, and Justin DiBerardinis.

Directed by Rebecca Messner, this documentary highlights iconic Olmsted projects across the country and provides a look into his multifaceted life. Some of the featured projects include Central Park, Prospect Park, and the Emerald Necklace.

Register today to attend this birthday celebration event. You will then receive a free, personal watch party link in an email on April 23 to join in the fun starting April 24.

Experience the Beauty of Druid Hills on Historic Bike Tour

Historic Bike Tour – 3-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25.

Bring your helmet to the first annual Emory Village Open Streets’ family friendly Ride Druid Hills. Cyclists will experience the beauty and learn about the history of Druid Hills as they ride the 7-mile route comprised mostly of dedicated paths and quiet residential streets, beginning and ending at the former Slice and Pint parking lot. See the route map.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited. Note that masks are not required for the ride, but they are necessary during the history-sharing stops along the route.

Register at Eventbrite by start of the event. Donations welcome.

(Extra bonus: Sign up for this and most other official Open Streets events to be entered automatically in the Peavine Creek Duck race!)

Neighbors Cheer On Graduates

Neighbors, families and friends cheered and clapped for neighborhood 2020 graduates as they paraded through Druid Hills in their cars last Sunday, May 31, ending in front of banners in Emory Village. Justin Critz, former Druid Hills Civic Association president and proud father, organized the parade, with support from Druid Hills Civic AssociationEmory Village Alliance – EVASouth Fork Conservancy, and Druid Hills Patrol.

While COVID-19 prevented our graduates from having ceremonies at their individual schools, your friends and neighbors are proud to acknowledge your well-earned accomplishments! Please tell us what school or university you graduated from, your field of study, and anything else you would like to share with us on our Facebook page. Feel free to post photos!