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Volume 12: July 2017

Volume 12: July 2017

A roundup of updates, inspiration, and community happenings.

The Power Of Water

Water’s role in community design,
Plus: updates on Pinewood Forrest’s water features.

From Niagara Falls to Rome’s Trevi Fountain and everywhere in between, whether naturally flowing or man-made, water captivates, intrigues, and stimulates all 5 senses.

Water plays an important role throughout Pinewood Forrest, starting from the first moment you arrive. Upon entering the main roundabout, you can see and hear it cascading over rocks from the small pond. The course of the stream finds its way under the stone bridge and into a second pond that’s surrounded by 100-year-old oak trees.

In the past weeks, landscaping such as beech trees, swamp white oaks, rhododendron, hydrangea, and inkberry were planted around and along the flowing water and “TifTuf,” UGA’s latest Turfgrass was installed as well. TifTuf stays greener longer than other varieties, but also plays an important role in conserving the water that it surrounds – it thrives using 38% less than other varieties.

These organic episodes reflect our desire to create a place that partners with nature.

Check out images of the water and landscaping progress below.

High Achievement For

Fayette High Schools

Each of Fayette’s 5 high schools is considered
in the nation’s top 12% ‘Most Challenging.’

This past May, Fayette County was honored with accolades that spoke of a high-performing school system—all five public high schools earned a place on the Washington Post’s list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” The ranking is achieved by calculating the number of Advanced Placement tests administered at a school in a given year, divided by the number of graduating seniors. Schools that achieved at least a 1.00 were placed on the ‘Most Challenging’ list, which in the 2016-2017 school year was roughly 12% of the 22,000 U.S. high schools, public and private.

An important factor that many consider when purchasing a home is the school system in the area and its performance and commitment to education. This recent ‘Most Challenging’ ranking speaks to Fayette County’s rigor in its educational program across the board. Pinewood Forrest is pleased to be zoned in the Fayette County School System for Sandy Creek High School, which ranked 2,040 out of the 2,323 on the ‘Most Challenging’ list. Congrats to all five high schools for their high achievement.

Fourth Festivities

We narrow down the best places to celebrate Independence Day
from morning ’til night.

What makes for a perfect 4th of July? Start with cheering on a festive parade, mix in good eats and entertainment, and finish up with an awe-inspiring fireworks show. Below, we’ve outlined five of the many ways to celebrate this Independence Day.

Peachtree City Independence Day Celebration

This long-treasured celebration begins with a parade at 9 am, followed by “4th Fest” and ends with a spectacular fireworks show at Drake Field at dusk.

Tip: Don’t forget to dress your golf cart up for the festivities as well!

Click here for more information.


July 4th Parade In Newnan

The parade will begin at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 9 am and will end at Greenville Street Park. A local artist will be hosting a Chalk-by-Color art activity on the sidewalks. Newnan Rocks will also be present and hosting a public art activity for the community. Local vendors will be offering kettle corn, Italian Ice, snow cones, face painting, and more.

Tip: Want to be a part of the parade? Meet at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 8:30 am. Participation is free. Click here for more information.


Centennial Olympic Park Fireworks

Every year, Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta hosts one of the best fireworks shows in the state. The July 4th celebration won a 2012 Emmy and became the third most-watched program in Atlanta in 2016. Live entertainment begins at 6. Fireworks start at 9:45 pm.

Tip: Gates will close once the park is full, so plan to get there well ahead of start time.

Click here for more information.


Fireworks At Stone Mountain

Voted the “Best Place to see Fireworks in Atlanta” by Atlanta Journal-Constitution readers, a “Must-See Fireworks Show” by USA Today and one of Reader’s Digest’s picks for “America’s Most Spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks,” Stone Mountain offers a patriotic lasershow complete with animation and water effects followed by a fireworks finale.

Tip: You don’t have to wait until Independence Day — Stone Mountain will have fireworks every night from July 1-4.

Click here for more information.


Peachtree Road Race

The AJC Peachtree Road Race is one of the premier Fourth of July traditions in Atlanta with its festive atmosphere, scenic city course and beloved finisher’s T-shirt. The event attracts 60,000 runners and walkers, making it the world’s largest 10k.

Tip: While registration to run or walk the event is closed, attending as a spectator can be just as fun! Cheer on the runners along any portion of the race course found here.

Extra! Extra!

Watch a compilation of the latest news and press coverage.