Parks & The Pursuit of Happiness

“I’ve always felt that happiness is the point of life. We Americans are fortunate to have the right to the “pursuit of happiness” enshrined in our Constitution, and nowhere is that right more accessible to us than in our National Park System where we experience it mentally, physically and emotionally.” Audrey Peterman, 16th Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference Keynote

SOURCE: Saporta Report


Park Pride’s Friends of the Park Groups to Benefit from a Wells Fargo Grant

Atlanta, GA, November 7, 2016 – Park Pride, the only Atlanta-based nonprofit that engages communities to activate the power of parks, received a $7,500 grant from Wells Fargo to increase and expand the resources provided through the Friends of the Park (FOP) Program to increase citizen engagement in neighborhood parks.

Children play in the old-growth forest of Briarlake Forest Park, 2016

A Story of Transformation: Briarlake Forest Park

“We did what we needed to do…”Richard Marion, Briarlake Forest Park. The Friends of Briarlake Forest Park are helping the old-growth forest in their community to thrive. They successfully protected the land from damaging development and convinced the county to purchase it for public greenspace.

Chapel Hill Park volunteers

A Story of Transformation: Chapel Hill Park

“Most people are absolutely shocked when they get to this park.” Linda Cotten Taylor, Friends of Chapel Hill Park. The Friends of Chapel Hill Park have made incredible transformations throughout their 126-acre park over the years, thanks to hundreds of volunteer hours dedicated to improving this greenspace.

Vine City Park ribbon cutting_2016

A Story of Park Transformation: Vine City Park

“Vine City Park represents what [we] can achieve working together.” Byron Amos, Friends of Vine City Park. The Friends of Vine City Park kicked off the summer with a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of their park!

Adams Park 2016

A Story of Transformation: Adams Park

“the partnership with park pride has been incredible.” Corliss Claire, Adams Park Foundation. When the Adams Park Foundation (a registered Friends of the Park group) began revitalizing their historic greenspace years ago, most areas were covered with overgrowth and invasive plants, obscuring common spaces from view and blocking walkways.


The Power of Park Visioning

Park Pride’s Executive Director, Michael Halicki, briefly discusses the power of a “park visioning plan,” using Park Pride’s Proctor Creek North Avenue Vision for Green Infrastructure as an example.


The Principles of Planting Design

Each year, you have the opportunity to attend workshops to learn and build your capacity to serve your community and park.

bike blender

Park Pride’s “Year of Play”

This year, to celebrate the spirit of play, Park Pride hosted two Play Days in partnership with Atlanta ContactPoint, bringing children and adults into neighborhood greenspaces to enjoy each other’s company, exercise, play games and have FUN!

Boone Park West steering committee meeting

The Westside’s Future “Newest Park”

Boone Park West represents the third park born out of the Proctor Creek North Avenue Study for Green Infrastructure (PNA Study) that will come to fruition.