KNO reports that new Kirkwood dog park close to openingLeft to right: Treasurer Bill DeWalt, President Stan Sugarman, Vice President Megan Owens, Secretary Carl Holt. Photo by Sara Amis
By Sara Amis, contributor
The new Kirkwood Dog Park at the east end of Gilliam Park is almost ready to open.
Community members discussed the project during the July 10 Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization meeting.
“We need volunteers to take care of all the details required for the park department to sign off on it,” said Earl Williamson, chair of KNO’s Environmental Committee.
A workday will be held July 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tasks range from heavy lifting in order to lay flagstones, to lighter jobs such as hanging banners.
Volunteers should bring work gloves if they have them. A firm opening date will be set after the City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation Department signs off on the dog park.
Other improvements to Gilliam Park were discussed at the KNO meeting. Additional funds to put a fence around the Gilliam Park Community Garden were requested, since the original $1,500 that KNO allocated turned out to be insufficient. An additional $1,000, for a total of $2,500, was approved in the first of two required votes.
The KNO approved festival and alcohol permits for the Kirkwood Wine Stroll. The Wine Stroll will be held September 20, 2019.
Melissa Abreu, owner of a new beer and wine bar that will be opening at 2033 Hosea Williams next to Mini Friday, hopes to be ready in time to participate in the Wine Stroll.
The name, Dom Beijos, reflects both Abreu’s Portuguese family background and the atmosphere she wants to create.
“It means ‘kisses’ and it’s also a word that friends use when they meet each other. We will have wine, beer, and small food items, but more than that I want it to be a place where people come to just sit and hang out with their friends,” said Abreu.
The Kirkwood business community is also participating in a food drive to help those who are struggling to put food on the table.
The Atlanta Food Bank is low on supplies, so there will be food drive collection points at The Valero, Stryant Construction, Blank Canvas Massage, Allstate The Paul Rue Agency, Indigo Wellness, The Pullman, Poppa Corn’s Gourmet Popcorn, and FitWit.