1164 Clifton Road; the corner of (South) Oxford, 1 short block from the Emory Village roundabout
Burbanck Park is an outstanding example of a successful university-community partnership. Located at the corner of Clifton and Oxford roads, just a block from the campus, the site was previously the home of its namesakes, Drs. Madeline and William Burbanck. Dr. Madeline Burbanck was a research associate at Emory who worked to clean the once highly polluted Peavine Creek which ran adjacent to their home, and Dr. William Burbanck served as chair and professor emeritus of Emory's Department of Biology.
In the fall of 2006, following the death of both Burbancks, Emory purchased the 1.2-acre property for a park. To determine what type of park, representatives from Emory and Druid Hills residents participated in several visioning workshops conducted by Park Pride, and this resulted in a vision statement and a plan. The agreed upon vision called for a recreational area for the university and community, and a "green buffer" between the residences of Druid Hills and the commercial district of Emory Village. The plan called for removing the house, restoring the land, and creating trails with places to sit in the shade, observe Peavine Creek and the natural habitat, and decompress.
To pay for the improvements, the neighborhood led a fundraising campaign and over 170 donors contributed a total of over $50,000. Besides individuals and families, donors included the Druid Hills Civic Association, the Alliance to Improve Emory Village, and Emory's Office of Sustainability Initiatives.
Burbanck Park was dedicated on April 22, 2007 - Earth Day. Emory continues to do routine and major maintenance. This is supplemented and enhanced by neighbors, students, faculty and staff participating in volunteer work days twice a year.
To help maintain and improve the Park, participate in community workdays in the Spring and Fall sponsored by the Friends of Burbanck Park, which is open to all. Activities include planting and pruning. To find out when the next workday will take place contact the Friends' co-chairs Mark Goldman or Perry Mitchell.