The East Lake Story

The East Lake StoryEast Lake was a popular vacation haven for Atlanta’s well-to-do families in the early 1900s and continued to attract golfing enthusiasts who wanted to play at East Lake Golf Club, where golfing legend Bobby Jones played his first and last rounds of golf. In 1930, Bobby Jones became the only golfer ever to win a Grand Slam by capturing first place titles in the U.S Amateur, the U.S. Open, the British Amateur and the British Open in the same year. To date, no golfer has matched that record.

By the 1960s, the golf course and the community began to fall into disrepair, and, in 1970, a public housing project called East Lake Meadows was constructed on what had been East Lake’s No. 2 golf course. Over the next two decades, the area continued to deteriorate and was called "Little Vietnam" by local police because of its high crime rates and drug trade.

Power of Partnerships

The East Lake Foundation was established in 1995 to help transform the East Lake neighborhood and create new opportunities for the families who live here. Working with neighborhood residents and expert public and private partners, the Foundation developed a new community on the site of the former public housing project.

“We tore down hell and built heaven.”
– Eva Davis, past president of the East Lake Meadows residents’ association and a resident in The Villages of East Lake until she passed away in 2012.

East Lake Today

The new East Lake includes:

The Foundation is breaking the cycle of poverty by creating and funding educational, recreational and self-sufficiency programs for community residents, while providing amenities that attract mixed-income residents and private investment to the community.

Upcoming Events

East Lake Foundation News

James M. Cox Foundation Announces $2.5 Million Grant to Support Early Childhood Education at Charles R. Drew Charter School

March 13, 2017 - The James M. Cox Foundation announced a five-year $2.5 million grant to the East Lake Foundation to further early childhood education through Charles R. Drew Charter School. The...

The East Lake Foundation Honors Tom and Ann Cousins at Inaugural Party on the Green Event

March 7, 2017 - The East Lake Foundation will host the inaugural Party on the Green event on April 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the historic East Lake Golf Club. This signature event, proudly prese...

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