With its year-round sports programs, its 5,000 young participants and their parents, coaches and fans, NYO is, in many ways, the heartbeat of Chastain Park. Yet, the park, with its 268 acres and two-million annual visitors, needs someone to look over it. That someone is the 11-year-old Chastain Park Conservancy whose volunteers and small staff keep our park green, safe and clean. They're the folks behind the doggie bags and the recycling bins, and they're responsible for the new playground being built across Wieuca Road and for the wider, safer walking and running path going in on Powers Ferry Road.
On Friday night, October 16, at the Amphitheatre, the Concervancy will stage Rock Chastain, a concert whose proceeds will cover half the Conservancy's operating budget (the other half comes from memberships) and help complete funding for the new playground. All the details are available at chastainparkconservancy.org, including how to order tickets, which are tax-deductible up to 75% of their value.
Building on its first-ever fund-raising concert last year, the Conservancy has lined up another powerhouse set of home-grown performers. Chuck Leavell, legenday keyboardist for the Rolling Stones, and Michelle Malone, Georgia's female rock performer of 2015, are the headliners. They will be joined by others, including Randall Bramblett, another native Georgian whose muiscal biography reads like a Who's-Who of rock and roll.
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