Congrats to Linda Cotten Taylor for being named Atlanta's 2016 Cox Conserves Hero.
Chris Beck has volunteered at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve (CSNP) for more than a decade. CSNP, located in Decatur, is a public area managed by volunteers. Beck has coordinated hundreds of volunteers, led fundraising efforts and managed capital improvement projects. Along with constructing a boardwalk, tool shed and raw timber pavilion, he engages Scouts and
promotes the reduction of invasive species. His nonprofit of choice is CSNP.
Linda Cotten Taylor believes that park maintenance and improvement is everyone’s duty versus just a few individuals. She brought this belief to life by securing funding to make improvements at Chapel Hill Park that include a fitness stations, playground fishing pier and signage. In addition to being the park’s lead fundraiser, she facilitates volunteer cleanups and works with the Parks Department on security issues. Her nonprofit of choice is Park Pride.
Pauline Drake fought to acquire conserve and develop Jennie Drake Park in northwest Atlanta. Her mother began the cause when construction threatened longtime greenspace, but she passed away before seeing her dream come to reality. Drake took over the fight and spent four years acquiring the land for the park and creating a master plan that includes forest restoration, new park entrances, a loop trail. The work has led to the park being recognized as an Audubon Society Wildlife Sanctuary. Her nonprofit of choice is Park Pride.