What Is Park Pride? (+ other pressing questions)

That might be the question we hear the most often. Here are the answers to that and other frequently asked questions we receive. If your particular question is not addressed here, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.


What is Park Pride?

Park Pride is the only Atlanta-based nonprofit that provides programs and leadership to help communities realize their dreams for neighborhood parks. Learn More

What does Park Pride do?

Park Pride offers an array of programs and services to help satisfy our mission of engaging communities to activate the power of parks. We believe that great parks support healthy people, strong neighborhoods, vibrant business districts, a robust economy, and a healthy environment. Learn More

Where are the Park Pride offices?

Park Pride is located in Peachtree Center (Harris Tower) at 233 Peachtree St.— Suite 1600. Contact Us

What is Park Pride’s non-profit status?

Park Pride has been a 501(c)(3) since 1989, which means donations to the organization are tax deductible.

How is Park Pride funded?

Park Pride receives funds from a wide array of sources – individual donors, private foundations, grant making entities (private & government) and corporations. Make a Donation!


What is the Park Pride service area?

Park Pride works with communities all across the City of Atlanta and unincorporated DeKalb County.

What is a Friends of the Park group? How can we join or start one?

Friends of the Park (FoP) groups tie into the core values of Park Pride by creating the framework for an inclusive, collaborative, and systemic approach to transforming greenspaces. Friends of the Park groups have access to numerous other Park Pride programs and resources, and we are happy to help you join an existing FoP group or create a new group. Learn More

We want to do an improvement project in our park. How do we get started?

The first step in the process is establishing a Friends of the Park group. Learn More

Once you have established a Friends of the Park group, you will be able to be part of our signature program, Park Visioning. Led by professional landscape architects on Park Pride’s staff, a community is guided through a process that converts that community’s park dream into a conceptual but tangible master plan. Learn More

We would like to have a community garden in our park. How do we get started?

Starting a community garden is a community-driven process, and it brings a whole new level of engagement into your park. There are a number of important steps to follow, and it is important to know that city or county approval is required as part of the process. Learn More

Park Pride offers several types of grants. How can we receive a grant for our park?

From the smallest clean-up project to a full-scale park overhaul – or even building a park from scratch – Park Pride’s matching grant programs offer multiple options for communities in the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County to go about go creating and funding their ideal greenspace.

Grants range from $100 – $100,000 and enable communities to gain experience and build capacity as they take on increasingly larger capital improvements, such as land acquisitions, train construction and/or improvement, new signage, playground or exercise equipment, and much more. Learn More

Advocacy & Education

What advocacy work does Park Pride do?

Park Pride advocates to preserve, maintain, and build parks and greenspace in the City of Atlanta through several different initiatives. We also advocate for dedicated funding for parks operations and maintenance through the Georgia Legacy. Learn More

Does Park Pride endorse political candidates?

Park Pride does not take a position with regard to political campaigns. Rather, we advocate on behalf of parks, and we encourage all political candidates to support park and greenspace initiatives.


I would like to donate to Park Pride. What options do I have?

There are many different ways for individuals, community groups, and businesses to make donations to Park Pride. Learn More

Park Pride has been honored with a four-star (highest) rating by Charity Navigator, a respected online guide to responsible charitable giving.

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What is the difference between a donation to a specific park and a gift to Park Pride?

When you make a donation to a specific Friends of the Park group through our Fiscal Partner program, you’re giving to that specific park or project. Park Pride only takes a 5% administration fee to process and acknowledge the contribution. A gift directly to Park Pride goes to support all of our programs, representing an investment in the greener good of our entire city, and provide the greatest impact for our network of parks and greenspaces. Make a Donation!


Do you only have volunteer opportunities for groups?

No! Every extra hand goes a long way to helping achieve our goals. If you are an individual interested in helping transform your community, we want to help make it happen, and we have a number of ways for individual volunteers to contribute. Learn More

How can my group become involved?

Park Pride offers a lot of exciting ways for groups large and small to participate in improving our parks. Whether you’re with a community or corporate group, volunteering in a park is a great way for you and your peers to give back to the community while promoting teamwork and healthy outdoor activity. Learn More

We are volunteering at an upcoming event. What should we expect?

Park Pride coordinates a wide-variety of volunteer projects. While each project and each park is different, there are a few things that you can always expect at a Park Pride volunteer day:

  • All volunteer projects take place in a park.
  • Most projects last three hours, usually from 9:00am until 12:00pm. The three-hour project time allows a group to accomplish significant results without becoming exhausted.
  • Volunteer events take place any day during the week or weekend.
  • Park Pride staff arrives early to ensure tools are organized and everything is in order.
  • Everyone signs in and completes a liability waiver before beginning to work. Following a brief welcome and introduction to the project – including a demonstration on how to safely use the necessary tools – volunteers will get to work right away.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to work at their own pace to maintain an enjoyable experience.
  • Volunteers are asked to help collect and organize tools to leave the park in pristine condition.

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