Mayor-elect Dickens’ inaugural weekend includes cleanup at a Buckhead park

Mayor-elect Andre Dickens’ inaugural weekend schedule includes a New Year’s Day cleanup at a small Buckhead park.

That’s in advance of his Jan. 3 inauguration at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium.

The Little Nancy Creek Park cleanup is one of only three such in-person events on a schedule that also includes the likes of Piedmont Park. There’s no mention of the Buckhead cityhood controversy, but the political touch is obvious as Dickens has promised to pay better attention to the neighborhood than incumbent Keisha Lance Bottoms as a way to stave off the secession.

The lead-up to the inauguration begins with the “Community Service Day” on Saturday, Jan. 1, which has many virtual and do-it-yourself options as well as a few organized, in-person events. The cleanup at the 5-acre Little Nancy Creek Park at 4012 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in North Buckhead is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other in-person events that day include assembling personal hygiene kits at the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center in Southwest Atlanta and “community Wiffle ball games and outreach activities” at Midtown’s Piedmont Park.

A scene in Little Nancy Creek Park in 2015. (File)

That evening, 5-7 p.m., a community reception and block party will be held at Pullman Yards in Kirkwood.

On Sunday, Jan. 2, a virtual “Interfaith Prayer Across Atlanta” is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Then comes the swearing-in of Dickens and the gathering of the new Atlanta City Council on Monday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. Attendance will be limited.

All in-person attendees will have to wear a mask and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test taken within the previous 24 hours. For full details, see the inaugural website at MovingATLForward.com.