A finished conceptual plan is the tangible outcome, but represents only part of the story. The overall “visioning”process is much bigger, though perhaps less visible to outsiders. Park Visioning makes it possible for the community to present a unified voice in the planning for their park, and it involves education and dialogue with the whole community. The Director of Park Visioning facilitates public participation and input meetings to ensure that all people in the community are heard.
Funders of park projects always ask who supports a given project, so broad community participation is a fundamental necessity for successful park development or redevelopment. The process itself is an opportunity for the community to come together.
Park Visioning is about so much more than just building great parks; it is about building better communities.
What to Expect
Park Pride conducts two park visionings a year with communities located in the City of Atlanta and two in DeKalb County. Communities interested in receiving park visioning services must apply, and the application pool is highly competitive.
While every park visioning is unique and tailored to the community it serves, there are a few things that, if selected, each community undergoing park visioning can expect:
- To participate in a series of input meetings during which people are encouraged to dream and form consensus around the priority projects they have for the design (or re-design) of their park.
- The scheduling of regular meetings of a community steering committee with Park Pride’s Visioning team over the 6-8 month process to inform the understanding of the community’s needs.
- The production of a conceptual park master plan that includes the list of projects desired, as well as the graphics and site plans necessary to help the community bring their dream park to reality.
Each year, Park Pride accepts applications for Park Visioning from City of Atlanta Friends of the Park groups. Two groups are selected to receive, at no charge, the services of Park Pride’s Visioning department, for a six to eight community engagement and design process to create a conceptual park master plan.
Basic criteria for a park and community to be eligible for Park Pride’s Park Visioning Program:
- The park or potential park must be located in the City of Atlanta.
- The applicant must have registered with Park Pride as a Friends of Park group.
- The community must be ready to commit to six to eight months of planning work.
- The community must be open to an inclusive, consensus-driven public engagement process during which all ideas will be considered regardless of feasibility, site control, or budget.
The 2017 Park Visioning application deadline for City of Atlanta and DeKalb County parks has passed.
Applications for Park Visioning in 2018 are due December 1, 2017. The applications will be made available this summer.
All eligible applications are considered based on the merits, viability, and sustainability of the proposed project. In addition, projects will be evaluated on the following:
- Does the project address an identified need?
- Are there ongoing or pending initiatives that might influence the timing of the Park Visioning?
- What are the challenges and opportunities presented by the project?
Park Visioning assists communities in building consensus about the future of their parks. This program has helped communities all across Atlanta realize their strategic goals for improving their parks and greenspaces.
These visioning overview documents demonstrate the impact we have had in the following communities:
|Orme Park Vision||Planning Reports||Orme Park Conceptual Master Plan (2007)|
|OAC Playground||Planning Reports||Outdoor Activity Center Playground Improvements Implementation Manual (2014)|
|OAC Park Vision||Planning Reports||Outdoor Activity Center Visioning Overview (2011)|
|Proctor Creek Park Vision||Planning Reports||Proctor Creek North Avenue Watershed Basion: A Green Infrastructure Vision (2010)|
|Peoplestown Park Vision||Planning Reports||Peoplestown - Daniel Stanton / Four Corners Parks Visioning Overview (2006)|
|West Manor Park Vision||Planning Reports||West Manor Park Visioning Overview (2007)|
|Washington Park Vision||Planning Reports||Washington Park Conceptual Master Plan (2007)|
|Vine City Park Vision||Planning Reports||Vine City Park Conceptual Master Plan (2005)|
|Summerhill Park Vision||Planning Reports||Parks of Summerhill Vision Plan Overview (2015)|
|Springvale Park Vision Plan||Planning Reports||Springvale Park Visioning Overview (2010)|
|Spink-Collins Park Vision||Planning Reports||Spink-Collins Conceptual Master Plan (2006)|
|South Fork of Peachtree Creek Park Vision||Planning Reports||South Fork of Peachtree Creek Park Visioning Overview (2012)|
|South Bend Park Vision||Planning Reports||South Bend Park Visioning Overview (2007)|
|Rutledge Park Vision||Planning Reports||Rutledge Park Visioning Overview (2012)|
|Reverend James Orange Park Vision||Planning Reports||Reverend James Orange Park Visioning Overview (2012)|
|Mountain Way Common Park Vision||Planning Reports||Mountain Way Common Visioning Project Overview (2013)|
|Mattie Freeland Greenspace Park Vision||Planning Reports||Mattie Freeland Greenspace Visioning Project Overview (2015)|
|Little Nancy Creek Park Visision||Planning Reports||Little Nancy Creek Visioning Project Overview (2014)|
|Jennie Drake Park Vision||Planning Reports||Jennie Drake Park Visioning Project Overview (2013)|
|Herbert Greene Nature Preserve Park Vision||Planning Reports||Herbert Greene Nature Preserve Visioning Project Overview (2009)|
|Frankie Allen Park Vision||Planning Reports||Frankie Allen Visioning Project Overview (2007)|
|Enota Park Vision||Planning Reports||Enota Visioning Project Overview (2006)|
|Emma Millican Park Vision||Planning Reports||Emma Millican Visioning Project Overview (2006)|
|Egan Park Vision||Planning Reports||Egan Visioning Project Overview (2007)|
|Eastside Parks Vision||Planning Reports||Eastside Parks Visioning Project Overview (2009)|
|East Lake Park Vision||Planning Reports||East Lake Visioning Project Overview (2005)|
|Collier Heights Park Vision||Planning Reports||Collier Heights Visioning Project Overview (2005)|
|Cleopas R. Johnson Park Vision||Planning Reports||Cleopas R. JohnsonVisioning Project Overview (2010)|
|Chosewood Park Vision||Planning Reports||Chosewood Visioning Project Overview (2011)|
|Central Park Vision||Planning Reports||Central Visioning Project Overview (2013)|
|Brownwood Park Vision||Planning Reports||Brownwood Visioning Project Overview (2005)|
|Beecher Hampton Park Vision||Planning Reports||Beecher Hampton Visioning Project Overview (2006)|
|Adams Park Vision||Planning Reports||Adams Visioning Project Overview (2008)|
|Park Visioning Program||Planning Reports||Learn more about the Park Visioning Program|