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What a wonderful success to celebrate! Our Home & Garden Tour enjoyed a triumphant return in April 2022 in conjunction with Olmsted 200, a week filled with events to help mark Frederick Law Olmsted's 200th birthday. Check out all we did to celebrate!


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DHCA Board of Directors Meeting

Thursday, May 12, 2022 • 7:00 pm

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Our DHCA board meetings are for conducting association business. While attendance is open to all DHCA members, we also hold quarterly tall hall-style Community Meetings to share information, get input, and answer questions from our residents.


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The Druid Hills Civic Association is a membership organization serves the historic neighborhood of Druid Hills, a community nestled in the heart of Atlanta, GA.  Joining (or renewing your membership) helps ensure that we can do our best to advocate for and protect the neighborhood, keep residents in the know, and help build an even stronger sense of community.


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OLMSTED 200 - A GRAND CELEBRATION IN DRUID HILLS!

2022 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of American landscape architecture and designer of our beloved Druid Hills neighborhood and Olmsted Linear Park. His legacy also lives on in iconic spaces around the U.S. such as New York's Central Park, Boston's Emerald Necklace, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville and many more.

Druid Hills celebrated in style!

It was so fun seeing neighbors enjoying all of the fun events that our Atlanta Olmsted 200 Committee planned. From a fantastical evening at Callanwolde for the Olmsted 200th Birthday Gala and the Artist Market in Dellwood Park to our record-breaking Home & Garden Tour and the free Shawn Mullins concert that was packed with neighbors in Emory Village, we'd say it was a smashing success!!

Enjoy the gallery below of highlights from the Tour and Olmsted 200 events. Make sure to visit our Community Events page where you can see more images from Druid Hills neighborhood happenings!

Our last Neighborhood Service Day was a huge success! Join us for the next one! Mark your calendars for March 12 and sign up here.


KEEPING RESIDENTS IN THE KNOW

NEIGHBORS, TAKE ACTION!

Our community is part of the heart of intown living in the metro Atlanta area. DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta have limited funds to tackle a variety of infrastructure and amenity projects, and our neighborhood's needs are often overlooked. The DHCA actively advocates for action with city and county officials, but the loudest voices are most often heard. That's where our residents come in! Please help us write to these officials so that things like our sidewalks, twittens, the train bridge and more might be moved up their priority list. Check out our "Residents, Take Action" page to download email templates, get current contact information, and more!

DRUID HILLS PARENT GROUP

Calling all Druid Hills parents! As we rethink how the DHCA can best serve our community, we have decided to take a less formal approach to our traditional committee, formerly known as the Druid Hills Parent Network. We have created a special Facebook group called the Druid Hills Parent Group so parents can interact in real time. We hope people will use this group to set up playdates, arrange meet-ups, welcome new neighbors, share recommendations, plan community events, ask questions, share photos, and more - please join us!

Our goal is to foster a true sense of community within Druid Hills so that our residents - both parents and kids - can build lasting friendships with one another. 


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OUR NEW STRATEGIC PLAN

DHCA is excited to begin 2021 by sharing our strategic plan. Thanks to the hundreds of members for supporting our efforts and shaping this vision.  We hope you see reflections of your insights and recommendations throughout our plan.  This plan sharpens our focus and defines the impact we will aim to achieve over the next five years and we encourage our neighbors to take ownership by getting involved.  Please find a broad overview of the plan here.


 NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERS

The Druid Hills Patrol regularly patrols our neighborhoods. It is funded by its membership and is run by volunteers.

 VISIT THE DRUID HILLS PATROL WEBSITE





 VISIT THE OLMSTED LINEAR PARK ALLIANCE WEBSITE


OLPA oversees and protects the Olmsted Linear Park, a chain of small parks that run along Ponce de Leon Ave. 


The Emory Village Alliance (EVA) is a nonprofit community organization committed to the vitality of the historic, commercial heart of Druid Hills in Emory Village. Our alliance of volunteer stakeholders includes residents, businesses, property owners, and representatives of Emory University.


 VISIT THE FREEDOM PARK CONSERVANCY SITE

Freedom Park Conservancy, a non profit organization, raises money to promote the improvement and preservation of the park for a diverse public.

 VISIT THE FREEDOM PARK CONSERVANCY SITE


 HISTORIC PRESERVATION

This was the original plan for Druid Hills, as designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted in the late 1800's. 

As the only neighborhood in the South designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Druid Hills stands apart from the other Intown neighborhoods in Atlanta, for the quality and integrity of its historic architecture and for the sweeping wide open spaces and the soaring canopy of its mature hardwoods.

In order to protect the integrity and historic legacy of the neighborhood Druid Hills has been established as a historic district.  Anyone who wishes to make significant changes to their properties must apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) through either the City of Atlanta or DeKalb County, depending on where your property is.  The two principal jurisdictions are the DeKalb County Historic District and the City of Atlanta Landmark District.

Thanks for helping us preserve and protect the unique heritage of historic Druid Hills. Read more about how historic preservation got started in Druid Hills here.


 PLANNING A RENOVATION?

In order to protect the integrity and historic legacy of our neighborhood, Druid Hills was designated as a historic district.  Our neighborhood falls under two principal jurisdictions: DeKalb County Historic District and The City of Atlanta Landmark District. Each follows a different set of guidelines.

If you are planning on making any improvements to your property please feel free to reach out to the DHCA so that we may help guide you through the process of applying for a COA. We are very familiar with the historical guidelines and can offer tips to make the process a little easier for you.

If you reside within the city of Atlanta please reach out to: atlantahistoric@druidhills.org

If you are in unincorporated Dekalb please reach out to: dekalbhistoric@druidhills.org.



 HISTORY OF THE DHCA

One of most active neighborhood groups in the South, DHCA was founded in 1938 to help residents preserve and protect the unique heritage of Druid Hills as envisioned by its creator, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Much of our work involves exercising vigilance in land use and zoning matters, communicating with local and state officials, informing the residents about community issues, and promoting the general welfare of the neighborhood for the enjoyment of its residents today and in the future.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Druid Hills Historic District incorporates in its entirety the area formerly listed as the Druid Hills Parks and Parkways Historic District. 

Learn some of our rich history as experienced by many of our long-time residents by watching the delightful "Druid Hills History Happens Here".

Did you know the DHCA worked ardently over 25 years to prevent the expansion of the Stone Mountain Freeway and the proposed Presidential Parkway from being built straight thru Druid Hills?


There's so much more that we've done since we were founded in 1938 that we even wrote a book about it! Want a free copy? 

“An Informal History of the Druid Hills Civic Association, Celebrating 75 years” was written in 2013 and Thea Roeser, our membership chair, would be happy to deliver one to your home. Please send your name and address to membership@druidhills.org and she will deliver one to your mailbox!

CONTACT US

DRUID HILLS CIVIC ASSOCIATION
P.O. Box 363, Decatur, GA 30031

mail@druidhills.org
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