The possible return of sports leagues and Atlanta Pride to Piedmont Park took another hit as park caretakers announced their efforts to dig a well failed.
Now the Piedmont Park Conservancy will try again, drilling a second time beginning Wednesday. If they can hit water, the park hopes it would be enough to irrigate the park and skirt the drought-related regulations that prompted the booting of sports and large-scale festivals from the area earlier this year.
Without a well, the conservancy says, the park won't be inviting its former inhabitants bak anytime soon.
With the final numbers crunched, Action Cycling 200 announced its fund-raising tally on Sunday: $106,000.
The amount surpassed the $100,000 goal organizers of the annual event set for themselves this year, and far exceeded fund-raising totals from past years. Since its inception in 2003, the event has raised more than $400,000 for the Emory Vaccine Center, a facility that researches vaccines for AIDS and other infectious diseases.
The announcement came Sunday during Action Cycling’s closing event in the Sky Lounge at MidCity Lofts in Midtown, where riders, volunteers and officials with the vaccine center joined to toast the event, celebrate its fund-raising prowess and display an over-sized, six-figure check.
Some 65 riders gathered about an hour after sunrise on May 17 for the event, which is a two-day, 200-mile journey from Decatur to Eatonton and back.
To see photos from the ride, go here. For a gallery of photos from Sunday's closing event, go here.