In the Bush Mountain neighborhood of Southwest Atlanta, public spaces for children to play safely and for neighbors to meet are hard to come across. This will change soon once Grow Where You Are crowdfunds $15,000 to develop an argo-ecology nature park at the neglected Atlanta Black Crackers practice field.
The Atlanta Black Crackers were a hit in the Negro leagues and the segregated South. Though long gone now, an innovative plan taking root in the suburbs of Atlanta will keep the team’s memory alive and help revitalize an entire community.
The former practice field for the team has become an overgrown and underused area of the Bush Mountain neighborhood of Southwest Atlanta, but since 2011, a plan has been brewing to change that. Grow Where You Are, an organization that takes a new tact at urban redevelopment, is crowdfunding an agro-ecological nature park on the two-acre site – what they call the Atlanta Black Crackers Lab Camp – where native wildflowers, medicinal plants and blueberry, apple, chestnut, pomegranate, persimmon, plum and pawpaw will grow alongside a small baseball field.