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DeKalb to celebrate 50th anniversary of Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve

DeKalb County

DeKalb to celebrate 50th anniversary of Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve

Starting in September yellow daisies thrive in the sandy patches called solution pits on the bare rock face of Arabia Mountain. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Decatur, GA  – The DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs and the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance will host a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve’s origin on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

The celebration will be held from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Davidson – Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, 3787 Klondike Rd, Stonecrest, GA, a press release said.

On April 18, 1972, Charles Davidson, Jr., then-President of one of the largest granite products companies in the world, made a monumental decision to prevent a massive mountain of granite owned by the Davidson family from being developed by one of the company’s competitors and donated it to the DeKalb County Government to be conserved endlessly as a public greenspace.

The 500-acre rock outcrop now constitutes a centerpiece of what has become the nationally significant 2,500+ acre Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, a focal point of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area.

The public is invited to join county officials, parks staff, the Davidson family and Arabia Mountain Area Alliance representatives at the ceremony. Patrons are also encouraged to visit our website at www.dekalbcountyga.gov/parks  for special anniversary programs throughout the month of September.

For more information, contact LaShanda Davis, Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs public relations specialist, at 404-371-3643 or [email protected]

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