Friends of the West End Park

Historic West End*Atlanta*GA

BASEBALL at WEST END PARK! April 29, 2010

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Support BASEBALL TEAM in the West End Park!

Our neighbor, Said Khalifa is coordinating baseball on Saturdays at the park. The team needs your help!

They need shoes ASAP! Please consider making a donation, the team’s first game is this Saturday-May 1st.

Want to help? Email:


THIS FALL! SOCCER/FUTBOL in West End Park August 19, 2009

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BobMarley-Futbol I was excited today to receive a text from Chin-member of Friends of the West End Park-saying that there will be soccer for youth in the park on Saturdays @ 10am. Group: U13. Questions/RSVP (required) contact Chin at Exciting!



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Greetings, Jumpropers!

It looks like we’ve made it through half of the summer, and the heat has not defeated us yet!  Recent jumprope classes have gone really well; the temperature has been < 90 degrees so far.

Jumprope class will be cancelled for the next two weeks (July 4th and July 11th), but we will resume on July 18th at 10:00 a.m.


Beth McBee



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Hi, jumprope fans!

Unfortunately, we will not have jumprope in the park this Saturday, 5/9/09. I hope you will all join me the NEXT weekend, on 5/16. Please keep in mind that class starts at 10:00 a.m. If no one shows at 10, I will only hang around until 10:10, or 10:15 (if I’m feeling really nice!), so try to make it on time! Many of you were present when we tried something new: “card deck strength training”. It was a lot of fun…and a lot of work…and we plan to do it again soon, so come check it out! I hope that you all are doing well and staying fit!

Peace, beth



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    What’s happening in the West End Park?

Every Saturday morning, Beth offers her legendary jump rope class. The class is open and free to the public.  The West End Park is located on the corner of the Lawton and Oak Street.





In the spirit of supporting our local economy, I love sharing neighborhood resources and ecouraging neighbors to consume locally.

Shani is a certified masseuse that works at an expensive intown spa but you can enjoy the comforts of her services w/o leaving your home (and YES she lives in the West End so she’s minutes away).


Mommy Special: $50 for an hour massage.

“Viva the West End” Neighbor Special: $65 for an hour massage.

Regular rate: $85 for an hour massage.

Call Shani today to schedule your massage: 678-973-5542!



Diego LOVES gardening. He enjoys watering the plants, helping dig holes in the dirt, placing seeds and watching plants grow.

Luckily, the Historic West End of Atlanta is buzzing with lots of Urban Farming. We have several community gardens and a wonderful CSA. So, as we prepare to continue to garden, I came across this Easy Children’s Garden Plan on the Better Homes website. They even have a program that allows you to plan you’re own garden (measurements and all).  In the coming months, we hope to do some gardening at the park. Here’s one of the plans from the Better Homes website:


Plant List 

A 1 pkt. Pumpkin, ‘Baby Boo’. Tall vines with white mini pumpkins;  

 plant seeds  foot apart. 

B 1 pkt. Pumpkin, ‘Jack-be-little’. Tall vines with orange mini pumpkins;  

 plant seeds  foot apart. 

C 1 pkt. Morning glory, ‘Heavenly Blue’. Eight-foot vines with large,  

 sky blue single flowers. 

D 1 pkt. Sunflower, ‘Russian Mammoth’ or ‘California Greystripe’.  

 Tall plants grow to 8 feet; one 10-inch flower head per plant. 

E 1 pkt. Radish, ‘Easter Egg’. Sweet red, white, and purple radishes. 

F 16 Strawberry, ‘Tristar’ or ‘Ozark Beauty’. Clumping plants with runners. 

G 1 Tomato, ‘Sungold’. Six-foot vines with long sprays of deep-gold  

 cherry tomatoes. 

H 16 Marigolds, Sophia mix. Two-inch orange, red-orange, and  

 yellow double flowers on 8-inch dwarf plants. 

There’s plenty of local neighbors with a wealth of knowledge. Under my ‘blog roll’ you can click on the Rose Circle Garden to see what’s happening with our  ‘West End’ urban agriculture. I also plan to visit Truly Living Well w/ Diego in East Point. Thanks to Debbie for sharing the website: Another website that I find very inspirational is Pathway to Freedom, an urban homestead in California ( ). Be inspired + grow food!


TAI CHI CHUAN @ WEST END PARK December 21, 2008

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New to the park…


Saturdays @ 8am-Free TAI CHI CHUAN

Starting January 10, 2009

Tai Chi Chuan

The Chinese characters for Tai Chi Chuan can be translated as the ‘Supreme Ultimate Force’. The notion of ‘supreme ultimate’ is often associated with the Chinese concept of yin-yang, the notion that one can see a dynamic duality (male/female, active/passive, dark/light, forceful/yielding, etc.) in all things. ‘Force’ (or, more literally, ‘fist’) can be thought of here as the means or way of achieving this ying-yang, or ‘supreme-ultimate’ discipline. More info:


  • Reduce stress
  • Increase flexibility
  • Improve muscle strength and definition
  • Increase energy, stamina and agility
  • Increase feelings of well-being

Free Jump Rope Class! December 19, 2008

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**Free Jump Rope Class in West End Park**

 Saturdays from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Starting in January


Men and women of all ages who are up for a cardio challenge!!!




Bring your own jump rope (if you have one)



For more info email:



What to expect…

-Teaching of basic jump rope skills and form

-Endurance and speed drills

– Friendly competition between friends/neighbors

-A great workout.




  Benefits of Jumping Rope:

An excellent aerobic and anaerobic cross-training workout

  1. An efficient, high intensity, calorie burning activity to improve body composition, comparable to running at 12 to 15 Kcal per minute. 

  2. A total body workout, utilizing the muscles of the calves, gluteus and quads.  The constant turning of the rope also effectively uses the upper body muscles of the chest, back, shoulders, biceps, forearms and triceps. 
  3. Improves the following athletic training skills: Speed, Agility, Power, Endurance, Timing, Coordination, Balance, Rhythm, and Grace. 
  4. A fun and inexpensive workout that is easy to learn, but always remains a constant challenge.