Walk with Jennie Richardson through Springdale, Virgilee, Oak Grove and Shadyside on Saturday, May 18 at 11:00 am where Jennie Richardson will guide participants through the first four park segments: Springdale, Virgilee, Oak Grove and Shady Side. This tour includes the history of Olmsted’s work, development of the park and Druid Hills, stories of the prominent families that lived along the park, founding of the Olmsted Parks Society of Atlanta and the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance, the history of the “Presidential Parkway” expressway and some flora and fauna.
The tour will begin at the playground on the corner of South Ponce de Leon and Springdale Road. Wear seasonal clothing and sensible shoes for walking. Bring optional items such as water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, camera, wildflower or tree guides. This tour is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Both tours are appropriate for older children or teenagers. Your guide will have a first aid kit and cell phone for emergencies. If you bring your personal electronic devices, please mute them or turn them off. Tours will be rescheduled in case of rain or inclement weather.
Jennie Richardson is a Georgia Master Gardener (DeKalb County), an historian, Olmsted Advisory Board member, and wildflower and native plant expert.