It’s Official: Parkwood Neighborhood Submits Petition to City of Decatur
The Parkwood Neighborhood of Druid Hills submitted a petition for annexation to the City of Decatur on January 23, 2014. The petitioners, citing a longtime affinity with the City of Decatur, started their drive soon after the City of Briarcliff Initiative (COBI) presented its cityhood proposal last year. Like many residents of unincorporated DeKalb County, they were motivated by the desire to make their own decisions about cityhood and/or annexation.
While the Parkwood proponents of annexation to Decatur garnered 97 signatures for their petition, there was some opposition within the community. The Parkwood Garden Club, established in 1952, voted twice to not vote on the petition, according to club president Frances Finegan.
The area under consideration for annexation encompasses all of East Parkwood Road (130-270), West Parkwood Road (221-498), and Parkwood Lane (110-128). This territory lies in unincorporated DeKalb County bordered by West Ponce de Leon Avenue and East Lake Road. Three homes on Upland Road (221, 225, and 231) are included as well, along with the 3.2 acre Parkwood Park, which declined during the 1970s when local residents decided to let it “go natural,” according to Sheri Kennedy, who led the drive to restore it in 2010.
Last September, the Druid Hills Civic Association gave Parkwood Garden Club a $3,000 grant to span two years. The 2013 Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens featured two homes – constructed during the 1940s – on West Parkwood.
“The Parkwood neighborhood has always been active and involved in the Druid Hills Civic Association, and we hope to maintain a close relationship with the DHCA regardless of the outcome of the petition,” commented Andy Vocaire, who helped steer the annexation initiative.
The neighborhood appears on the Olmsted Brothers’ 1905 Plan for Druid Hills, commissioned by Joel Hurt, an Atlanta entrepreneur and president of the Kirkwood Land Company. In 1908, Hurt sold the 1,492 acres that comprised Druid Hills to Asa Candler and his partners in the Druid Hills Corporation, which accelerated residential development. For more information, please see former Parkwood resident David Rotenstein’s History Sidebar: http://blog.historian4hire.net/2011/06/14/historic-parkwood-1/ and the DHCA website http://druidhills.org/neighborhood-overview/.
A link to the petition appears below.