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Community Support

Friends of the Park

It is Park Pride’s mission to engage the community to activate the power of parks, and the formation of a Friends of the Park group is the most effective first step in creating positive and long-lasting changes in a neighborhood park.

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. Despite differences in size and scope, every Friends of the Park group features a group of park users (and community and business leaders) actively working to improve one or more parks in a defined geographical area – usually a neighborhood.

Program Benefits

By registering as a Park Pride Friends of the Park group, you will have access to numerous beneficial programs to assist your greenspace initiatives, including:

Park Visioning Program

We provide professional assistance to communities as they develop master plans for their neighborhood parks. Learn More

Grant Programs

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 City of Atlanta and DeKalb County to go about go creating and funding their ideal greenspace. Learn More

Fiscal Partners Program

The Fiscal Partners program provides easier access to funding for community groups trying to raise money for park projects. Learn More

Organized Volunteer Workdays

We can help bring out a team of volunteers to help with your park project. Learn More

Monthly Park Meetings

On the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30am, the Monthly Park Meeting brings together FoP group members, community leaders, and park advocates from throughout Atlanta for education and networking, and to support each other in efforts to improve our parks and park system.

Workshops

Friends of the Park group members have the opportunity to attend workshops to learn and build their capacity to serve their community and park. Workshops range from such useful topics as raising funds for your park, creating a planting plan, grant writing, volunteer leader training, and much more!

Park Tool Shed (free tool rental)

The Park Pride tool shed is a free service that provides basic landscaping tools and equipment to more efficiently equip volunteers for your park projects. Learn More

Park Play Library (recreational equipment rental)

When planning a fun event at your park, our Park Play Library offers rental recreational equipment packages for all kinds of activities. Learn More

What to Expect

A Friends of the Park group truly has a positive impact on a park that can be both seen and felt by the surrounding neighborhood. Once your FoP group becomes active, you can expect:

  • To see a more vibrant active park
  • That your park will become a cleaner, safer place to enjoy nature in the city with your family and friends
  • That you’ll get to know your neighbors!

Get Started

Start a Group

Officially forming a Friends of the Park group will have many intangible benefits, such as giving neighbors an opportunity to meet and interact, and creating a single unified voice for the park.

Join a Group

Review our list of Friends of the Park (FoP) groups. If there is a link with contact information for the FoP group in your neighborhood, please reach out to them directly. If there is no link / or no contact information for the FoP group in your neighborhood, email Ayanna Williams at Park Pride.

  View Friends of the Park Groups

Renew a Group

Yearly registration is required to keep your Friends of the Park group active and eligible to access Park Pride’s resources. Renew your City of Atlanta or DeKalb County FoP registration below:

Learn More

Friends of the Park Program Guides

Title Topic Description
Park Play LibraryFriends of the ParkWhen planning a fun event at your park, our Park Play Library offers rental recreational equipment packages for all kinds of activities.
Park Tool ShedFriends of the ParkThe Park Pride tool shed is a free service that provides basic landscaping tools and equipment to more efficiently equip volunteers for your park projects.
Forming a Friends of the Park GroupFriends of the ParkDetails on how to start a Friends of the Park Group

Group Volunteer Request & Waiver Forms

Title Topic Description
Volunteer Waiver for FoP Groups — City of AtlantaVolunteer ProgramVolunteer waiver form for City of Atlanta FoP groups.
Volunteer Waiver for FoP Groups — DeKalbVolunteer ProgramVolunteer waiver form for DeKalb FoP groups.
DeKalb Volunteer Parental Permission SlipVolunteer ProgramFor DeKalb FoP groups only: Volunteer waiver for minors volunteering in a park. Form needs to be signed by their parent/guardian.
DeKalb Parks Beautification FormVolunteer ProgramFor DeKalb FoP groups only: Submit this form to DeKalb RPCA for workday support, including borrowing of tools.