Stone Mountain dedicates park, children’s lending library

Stone Mountain dedicates park, children's lending library

Children and adults in Stone Mountain now have a new place to play and read.

Stone Mountain residents and elected officials celebrated the newly redeveloped Randolph Medlock Park with a “Rock the Block” event on Aug. 27. The group also dedicated the new children’s lending library inside the park, located on Main Street. 

A child puts a book inside the children’s lending library. Photos by Carla Parker
A child puts a book inside the children’s lending library. Photos by Carla Parker

The small-boxed library allows readers to drop off a book for visitors to the park to read.

The park, which has been in the city since the 1970s, has not been used for sporting events and other recreational activities in years and resident Sara Abrams wanted to change that.

“In 2015, I was walking my dog here, because honestly I wasn’t going to come to this park by myself, which is a sad statement but I didn’t feel safe here,” Abrams said. “I literally heard a voice that said ‘this is your project.’ I’m not crazy, I don’t hear voices often, but I said OK let’s see what we can do.”

Stone Mountain resident Sara Abrams talks about her dream of redeveloping Randolph Medlock Park.
Stone Mountain resident Sara Abrams talks about her dream of redeveloping Randolph Medlock Park.

Abrams said she went to a city council work session to find out how she could spruce up the park. Her mission was to redevelop the 10.3-acre park; make it safe, clean, enjoyable, accessible and eco-smart for all people in the community.

Once she had a plan, she, the city and other volunteers came together to clean up the football field and add the lending library, which was donated by Park Pride.

“We said [adding the library] is great because [although] it is a park—you can come and throw a basketball—but it’s not just a park. It’s a community center,” Abrams said. Why not come and read a book in the park? That’s a great idea.”

Abrams said she still wants to upgrade the playing field and put in a new jungle gym and make it more visible than the current one.

Volunteers cleaned up the football field at Randolph Medlock Park.
Volunteers cleaned up the football field at Randolph Medlock Park.

“How do we accomplish these goals? We need your help, we need your labor, we need your insight and we also do need money,” she said.

Abrams said there is a Go Fund Me page to donate money.

“We’re just starting small but we know we can bring this park back to life,” she said for park improvement.

Mayor Pat Wheeler, who played a role in establishing a football field in the park years ago, said it is a great endeavor that Abrams and her group have taken on. 

“This has always been a great park,” Wheeler said. “It has not been used a lot in the last few years. There are kids that come up here and play. But with Sara’s help and all of the volunteers we know it will be a great place in the future.”

 

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