Box 21, Folder 35, Document 9

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Telephone 522-4463, Ext. 437

May 16, 1967


(First of a series of announcements on summer recreation programs)

The Neighborhood Playlot program, begun last summer by the City of Atlanta
Parks and Recreation Department, will be more than doubled for summer 1967. This
announcement was made today by Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., who stated:

"We are convinced that the Playlot program was our single most successful meu!
effort in providing meaningful recreation opportunity for our boys and girls last

summer. The Playlots were available to large numbers of children within easy

walking distance of their homes, and they offered ied types of recreation
opportunity for -pre-schee? children in—the—elementany_guades. under

experienced personnel with outstanding assistance and support from youth and
adults from the neighborhoods themselves."

This announcement from Mayor Allen came as the first in a series of inform-
ation releases on programs to be operated by public and private agencies in the
youth recreation field, with the coordination of the Youth Opportunity Campaign for



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The Playlot program, begun last June partially with funds from the Office of

Economic Opportunity, included nine sites at the close of last summer. These were
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located in low-income neighborhoods, often on vacant lots which leased for token

rental, cleared, equipped and staffed by the Parks and Recreation Department. and erg hoot

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An average of 750 children participated in the Playlot program each of 66
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days last summer, and that number is expected to reach/admest 2,000%as the
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program is expanded tof2H sites for 1967. Of these @ sites, two have buildings

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The City has been acquiring these lots for the last several months and is
’ ‘nearing completion of the initial development stage. The Playlots will be equipped
‘Y\ with water fountains, portable toilets, climbing towers, swings, slides, sand boxes,
: basketball goals and nets and games and athletic equipment of many types.
The Playlots will be open from __a»m. until ___P+Mes six days a week
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from June until September *j\ Many ef the lots will be Lighted] and these will


remain open until _p.m. and children encouraged to return during the evening hours

and bring their parents to participate in games of interest to adults as well as children.
eh) os the Playlots will be provided with sprinkler heads which transform

a water hydrant into a cool shower treat for hundreds of children. Playlots are located


l. Rhodes Street between Sunset & Vine
2. Merritts and Bedford

3. Wylie and Tye

4, Connally St. near Richardson St,

5. Gilliam Park on Wade

6. 373 Thurmond Street

7. Magnolia and Maple

8. McDaniel at Georgia Ave,

9. Haygood and Crew St.
10. 255 Dodd Avenue (House)
ll. Windsor near Richardson St.
12, Park Ave. and Lansing, S.E.
13. Arlington Cir., N.W. ater helen

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“16, Ladd St. off Oakla SOP 4
“17, 196 Savannah St., S.E. (House)

“18. 141 Walnut St., N.E. (1/2 House)

“19, Harper Park Site - Poole Creek Rd., S.E.

20. Daniel Stanton Park Site.(Martin-Boynton, S.E.)

#21, Perry Blvd. and Lively

“22, Huff Rd. near Booth, NeW, Cdsexa/

“23. Butler and Vernon Pl., N.E. 9

“24, University & Hubbard, S.E.

“ 25. Vernon and Fort, N.E. {

¥ 26. Habershaéd-at Perry Blvd.
27, Daniel between Edgewood & DeKalb Ave.


The first four sites ietes above will have portable swimming pools, donated
by the Rich Foundation and valued at $28 e080 (for the four). They are steel supported
properly drained and will include showers and other necessary equipment. uur
swimming and swimming instruction will be available from a.m. until p.m., sax
days a week, Tentative plans are to relocate these #pools in nearby school basements
during the winter months, thus providing year-round swimming opportunity in these
four areas, |

The cost of equipping and operating one Playlot for the summer is estimated at
$3,700. A portion of this cost will be funded by a grant assured from the Office of
Economic Opportunity. The City will bear the remaining cost. At the same time, the City

hopes to acquire/another ten~playlot \sites before the end of the summer and also intro-

duce some innovations in its existing Playlot program. Lege tootsie’

1. Provide noon-time snacks to hundreds of children who would otherwise do without
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lunch, thus~creating -more~-ef-e-day-camp éxperience.

2. Provide additional equipment which would widen the recreation programs possible ~


3. Provide bus trans on so children in isolated small neighborhoods could be

4, Possibly open/Ahe Playlots fom several hours on Sunday afternoons,

5. And most ortant, expand this into.a permanent year-round program.

hoped that contributions, ean of physical facilities and volunteered time
from private citizens, business firms, religious and civic organizations will enable the
City to add these innovations and enrich the recreation opportunities available to
thousands of young Atlantfans. Interested parties are asked to contact the Youth
Opportunity Campaign at 522-4463, extension 437,

As an important phase in the Youth Opportunity Campaign for 1967, a simple
directory of summer learning, recreation and camping opportunities for youngsters,

designed for each quadrant of the City, will be distributed through the Atlanta schools,

recreation centers, private agencies and Neighborhood Centers prior to the close of school.
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