In 1986, a group of neighbors purchased an acre-and-a-half of Georgia clay covered with trash and kudzu from MARTA to create a “greenspace” – with the ulterior motive of turning their Lake Claire neighborhood into a community. With time, love, and lots of hard work, it has evolved into the wonderful haven it is today.
In 2008, the IRS officially granted the group 501(c)3 nonprofit status. In 2009 they added a neighboring pond and overlook, thanks to many generous individuals and a grant from the Community Foundation’s Neighborhood Fund, and in July 2011 they purchased the rear portion of an adjacent back yard.
People come to garden, walk their dogs, play with their kids in the playground, visit Big Lou the Emu, enjoy the greenspace, the sunsets and the magnificent trees, and celebrate community through festivals, drum circles, saunas, and sharing food. Our neighbors are welcome and encouraged to enjoy the Land Trust gardens, walkways and play areas.
Visitors from farther away are also welcome, but we encourage you to follow our example and build community in your own neighborhood rather than to further impact the environment by traveling here often. We’ll be happy to share our knowledge and experience to assist you as much as we can. Every neighborhood needs a Land Trust!
“The mission of the Lake Claire Community Land Trust is to acquire, maintain, and protect green space for neighborhood enhancement and education; and to provide a place for neighbors and friends to celebrate nature, community, and the arts.”
Logo by Roger Swift
To see the Land Trust brochure, click here.