Johns Homestead featured Projects
Since 2011, the Friends of Johns Homestead has worked together with a number of partners to make improvements at the park.
Friends of Johns Homestead have worked with Tucker Historical Society and Tucker Civic Association to stabilize the homestead.
Friends of Johns Homestead Park, Tucker Civic Association and Tucker Historical Society have hosted numerous workdays to protect and repair the historic homestead as well as clean up and remove invasive plants from the surrounding property. Volunteers have removed several later additions from the homestead that were in disrepair, have painted the homestead and have made repairs to protect it from the elements and dissuade vandalism and trespassing.
The Marsh Trail was blazed by Eagle Scouts Sam Wiley and Alex Schultz from Troop 77 BSA. Sam also constructed and installed the two benches along the trail. Volunteers from Oglethorpe Power have also created a trail that connects the lake loop trail to the Marsh Trail. Residents of Zemory Drive have blazed another trail that connects Lawrenceville Highway to Edinburgh Dr. In 2018, Arthur Beals and scouts from Troop 814 BSA blazed a trail that connects the existing trail to the site of the future boardwalk.
The Boardwalk: Thanks to DeKalb County District 4 Commissioner Steve Bradshaw, District 7 Commissioner Greg Adams, Park Pride, Home Depot, the National Association of Realtors, the Tucker-Northlake CID, Root Design Studio and the Garden Enthusiast, we were able to fund a boardwalk that spans the creek, connecting the trails on both sides of the park together.
Rivers Alive: Friends of Johns Homestead Park is proud to participate in the Rivers Alive program. Twin Brothers Lakes has been the site of three Rivers Alive cleanup events. Volunteers have removed thousands of pounds of trash from in and around the lakes and surrounding woods. One of the cleanup events even resulted in a statewide award from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Bat Box: In 2018, Wyle Woodman from Troop 129 BSA installed a series of bat house throughout Tucker, including at Johns Homestead Park. The box is located along the Marsh Trail.