by Runa Gokhale
Spring is here! If the pollen didn’t clue you in, then the muddy boots joyfully tramping home from the Wylde Center I’m sure did. When the sun is out and flowers are blooming it’s tough to stay inside (just ask our kids!), and with the vibrant community of Oakhurst at our doorstep why would we? A few historical facts about Oakhurst that you may not have known:
- Oakhurst originally developed as a streetcar suburb of Atlanta. The Atlanta City Street Railway Company built the North Decatur trolley line in 1892. This line crossed the South Decatur trolley line at the center of the Oakhurst business district – the intersection of East Lake Drive, Oakview Road and Mead Road.
- In 1910 the Georgia Legislature approved the incorporation of Oakhurst. Oakhurst’s population was approximately 100 people at the time of incorporation, mostly located around the railroad tracks near College Avenue and the present MARTA station.
- A fire in 1916 at Oakhurst’s City Hall/Schoolhouse destroyed all of the town records, so little is known about the old Town of Oakhurst.
Oakhurst offers endless opportunities to take advantage of Atlanta’s famously beautiful Spring weather, including:
One more opportunity to explore our Oakhurst community? Run, stroll or trot your way through the neighborhood as a participant in the 8th Annual Beat the Street for Little Feet 5K!
This year’s race will take place on Saturday, May 2nd and features, as always, a 5K with a jogging stroller division, a 1-mile Fun Run, and a tot trot for the littlest ones. “Pete the Cat” t-shirts designed exclusively for the race by nationally known Decatur artist James Dean will be provided with registration to all racers, and are available for purchase as well. The race will be followed by a celebration and awards ceremony, with awards presented to winners of each age division and a “Pete the Cat” medal to all tot trot participants. There will also be a children’s party with activities and music. Please register for the race (or for your t-shirt!) at www.ocprace.com. If you are interested in sponsoring the race, please email OCP parent Sarah Toth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So spread the word and come out yourselves to celebrate OCP, Oakhurst, Spring, and “Pete the Cat” – we hope to see you there!