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How Green Infrastructure in Parks Can Lead to Community Empowerment

Green infrastructure stormwater management has been become a preferred alternative to traditional approaches to controlling stormwater in many urban communities. The many environmental and economic benefits such projects achieve are proving the value of green over gray. Four exemplary communities in Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, and Pittsburgh are proving how green stormwater management in parks can go well beyond just the functional benefits of treating stormwater and into an entirely new realm of engaging and empowering underserved communities. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is working collaboratively with the American Planning Association (APA) on an initiative called the Great Urban Parks Campaign to demonstrate how such social equity and community empowerment goals can be achieved.

SOURCE: Meeting of the Minds

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Knight Park Hosts 1st Park Visioning Public Meeting

Knight Park, a City of Atlanta Park on the Westside’s Knight Park / Howell Station, hosted its first public meeting on April 20th as part of Park Pride’s Park Visioning process to get feedback and input about what community members would like to see as part of their dream greenspace.

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Connectivity and the Making of a Park Advocate

At the 16th annual Parks and Greenspace Conference, I came to two realizations about issues that are of critical importance to Park Pride and the work we do: 1.) connectivity will create a new way of living in Atlanta, and 2.) park experiences create park advocates.

SOURCE: Saporta Report

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Pints for Parks: Strengthening Voices for the Greener Good

Atlanta – April 25, 2017 – Park Pride, the Atlanta-based nonprofit that engages communities to activate the power of parks, is hosting Pints for Parks, a popular annual social that attracts greenspace enthusiasts from across the region, at Orpheus Brewing on May 2nd from 6-9 pm. “Pints” will raise awareness for and benefit Park Pride’s advocacy efforts to unify and amplify park supporters’ voices on behalf of parks and greenspace.

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From the Front Lines of Park Advocacy

Park Pride serves as the “voice for parks” in the City of Atlanta, and 2017 will be a big year with many park advocacy issues at the forefront of decisions that will potentially impact many city residents. It is important … Continue Reading →

The Park Visioning process seeks community input from the bottom up.

Park Visioning Program Expands Impact!

Park Pride is thrilled to announce that in 2017, due to the enthusiasm of supporters and the proven impact of our services, the Park Visioning Program will expand to serve the citizens and parks of unincorporated DeKalb County!

Memorial Drive Greenway Final Park Visioning Plan, 2017.

Atlanta’s Memorial Drive Greenway finalized concept has been unveiled

The people of Atlanta have spoken, and a utopian vision for Memorial Drive’s westernmost reaches is now set in stone. They’re calling this long-planned, sweeping expanse of greenspaces—all studded with public art and cafes—the Memorial Drive Greenway. It would span from Oakland Cemetery to a large park that caps The Connector where Memorial meets downtown.

SOURCE: Curbed Atlanta