Box 13, Folder 12, Document 61

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April 20, 1967 >" vO 4

Mr. R. M. Worthington, Manager
Commerce Club

Broad and Marietta Streets, N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Dear Mr. Worthington:

Thank you very much for your telephone call of April 19, 1967 and
for your excellent suggestion that you have a "Zoo Day" at the
Commerce Club for purposes of raising funds to buy some exotic
animal, I have checked with our Zoo Foreman, Johnny Dilbeck, and
determined the latest price list we have on international animal
exchange lists a 38 = 42 inch baby Asiatic Elephant (two to five
years old) at $3,000 F.0.B. New York. We could not quarter the
baby with four adults we have since they possibly would harm it;
we would erect some simple structure to the immediate south of the
eixesting Children's Zoo and possibly some drive could be started
in Atlanta for the construction of the permanent and attractive
structure which would compare with the existing buildings at the


As we discussed over the telephone, another excellent project that
could so nicely be sponsored by your association would be the
equipping of various playlots in hard-core slum areas in Atlanta.

We could name the lots after individuals or after the Conmerce Club
and as I quoted you on the phone I think $800 per pa&ayhot would do
quite a handsome job. Unfortunately, the time factor is against us,
and since there is a metal shortage due to the war, wo have to place
an order well in advance to receive any reasonable delivery. We wuld
like to open our playlots full-time effective June let and run them
through Labor Day. Last year we built seven, using Federal funds, and
we hope to have a possible twenty-one this year. Another very worthe
while venture would be to sponsor a number of children from the dis-
advantaged areas of our City for a 3+day resident camp experience at
our facility at Lake Allatoona. We estimete that 500 children could be
served during an 8~+week summer season. They would be under the super-
vision of expert camp counselors who are members of this department and
would receive a rewarding and healthy experience in the out-of-doors.

Mr. R. M. Worthington,
Page Two.

Thank you for any consideration and assuring you of our appreciation for
thinking of the City, I am


Jack C. Delius
General Manager of
Parks and Recreation

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CC: Captain George Royal, Mayor's Office i

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