The Mindfulness Project

The Friends of Hairston Park received a $50,000 matched funds grant in December 2020 from Park Pride to realize the Mindfulness Project.  This wonderful project will activate underused parts of the park with inviting amenities. Many thanks to Gwendolyn Stegall and her team for their heartfelt commitment and diligence to our community. The project will:…

Playground Opening

District 4 DeKalb Commissioner awarded Friends of Hairston Park a $142,000 grant in 2017 to build a new playground and a pavilion and to add amenities. The playground opened in 2018. Our special guest, 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Sam Gaddy once lived in our community.

Annual Park Prescription Day 

FOHP was one of many Friends of Park groups hosting DeKalb County Health Department’s 1st Annual Park RX Day. Using parks to reduce stress, improve mental health, and participate in physical activities are all just what the doctors order. We celebrated a day of good health with health screenings, games, yoga, healthy snacks, short hikes,…

Earth Day at Hairston Park

On Saturday, April 21st, members of FOHP were joined by Park Pride, DeKalb County Commissioners Steve Bradshaw and Gregory Adams, and the DeKalb County Parks and Recreation for a volunteer workday in celebration of Earth Day. Earth day at Hairston Park was a huge success! Several members of the community came out to support the…

Discovering the second lake at Hairston Park!

Saturday, March 3rd, volunteers in surrounding areas endeared the cold temperature at 43 degrees to clear privet and reveal trails that lead to Hairston Park’s second lake. Thanks to our volunteers, park goers can now view the second lake at Hairston Park and enjoy the trails!

Progress at Hairston Park

We are so excited about what’s to come! Since our groundbreaking July 7th, the Parks and Recreation crew have been making things happen-check out their work!

Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation Plants Trees

Thank you to GHHCDC, who planted 26 trees as part of the ongoing streetscape improvement in Greater Hidden Hills! This tremendous effort is a joint project with Keep DeKalb Beautiful and the DeKalb County Tree Bank. The planting occurred Jan. 19 and 22, 2018. These trees will grow 15-20 feet high. What a statement they…

Let the Groundbreaking Begin!

The Friends of Hairston Park were joined by Interim Parks Director Marvin Billups and DeKalb County Commissioners Steve Bradshaw and Gregory Adams. The 33-acre new and park is receiving its first pavilion, water fountain, (accessible to adults, children, and dogs), grills, picnic tables, park benches, thanks to $142,000.00 from Commissioner Bradshaw District 4 park bond…

Design your Playground

Over 100 kids in the surrounding neighborhoods, daycares, and recreation centers voted on the style and colors of their new playground. June 16, 2017

FOHP Awarded UPS Grant

(on right) UPS Administrative Assistant Samantha Williams delivered the $15,000 donation from the UPS Foundation, (from left) Friends of Hairston Park leader, Gwendolyn Stegall gratefully received the check with GHHCDC board members Jan Costello and Nadine Rivers-Johnson.