ODBinAutumnThe title of this post is an excerpt from the mission statement of the Boys & Girls Club of America. The full mission statement is: “To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

How is this mission compatible with the destruction of the last forested area in Decatur? A forest the Boys & Girls Club owns and controls. A forest they want to sell to a developer who plans to cut down the trees and build two houses on the land.

It’s short term gain for a long-term loss.

The Oakhurst Forest and dog park is used my hundreds of locals every day of the year. If you want to understand what “…productive, caring, responsible citizens” looks like in action, come to the park some morning and witness it for yourself. You’ll find a community of people who have spent thousands of volunteer hours taking care of the forest. And each other.


It’s the real Town Square of Oakhurst where discussions of politics, culture and love dominate. Where new dog owners are welcomed without hesitation. The collective wisdom of life with dogs is shared freely and checked against popular myth.  It’s real here.

Save this forest and dog park so we can continue to be the productive, caring, responsible citizens we all need.