16th Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference

Gathering for the Greener Good

Each spring, Park Pride hosts the annual Parks & Greespace Conference, the largest parks conference in the southeast, to explore a selected theme about parks and greenspaces. It is a wonderful environment for networking with elected officials, community leaders, and park advocates who are driven to improve parks and strengthen communities.


16th Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference

Connecting with Parks

The 16th Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference, Connecting with Parks, will explore how parks and greenspaces bridge gaps between individuals, communities, political jurisdictions, and ecosystems to become places of regional importance.

Whether a transportation corridor such as a green street, a linear park spanning several neighborhoods, or a network of parks designed to capture rainwater, our parks and greenspace serve a vitally important role in connecting us to the environment, to our neighborhoods, to commerce, and to each other.

Become a Conference Sponsor

As the largest parks conference in the southeast, this event is a unique opportunity to market your business to hundreds of elected officials, community leaders, and park advocates from all across the region. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 16th Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference, with levels to fit every budget.

To review options, please contact:

Jane Zoellick
Development Manager
(404) 546.6855

Conference Recaps

2016 Conference

Park Pride held our 15th Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on March 21, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Photos: Facebook Pictures

Theme & Subject Matter


Parks & Play: A Conversation for All Ages The 15th Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference will explore how play can activate our parks and strengthen our communities.

Inspiration Award Winners

Linda Bain, Dave Butler, Pauline Drake, Cynthia Gentry, Ronald Johnson, Karl Schultz, and Esther Stokes.

Selected Presentations

Midday Keynote – Alex Gilliam
Afternoon Keynote – Cynthia Gentry,
Afternoon Keynote – Chantelle Rytter

Morning Sessions
Hard Hat Tour* of the Children’s Garden
Pure Play: How Open-Ended Spaces Spark Interaction and Imagination
Atlanta: Designing the Country’s Most Playful City – 1
Atlanta: Designing the Country’s Most Playful City – 2
Atlanta: Designing the Country’s Most Playful City – 3

Afternoon Sessions
How to Make Your Vision of Play a Reality
Play Themed Parks – 1
Play Themed Parks – 2
Play Themed Parks – 3


Presenting Sponsor
Cox Conserves

Community Building Sponsor
Kaiser Permanente

Venue Sponsor
Atlanta Botantical Garden

Gold Sponsors
Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation
Conservation Fund
Ed Castro Landscape
Georgia Power
HR&A Advisors
The Home Depot
The Trust for Public Land

Silver Sponsors
Atlanta Regional Commission
Astra Group
Gametime Dominica
Georgia Pacific
Hasley Recreation
Jones Day
Landscape Structures
Piedmont Healthcare
Play South
Playworld Preferred
PNC Bank
Pond and Company
Post Properties
USA Shade

A.B. Lovell / Mark A. Wentz @ Americoglass
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters
Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District
City of Decatur
Cox Automotive
Emerald Corridor Foundation
Georgia Forestry Commission
Invest Atlanta
KAIZEN Collaborative
Livable Buckhead, Inc.
Metropolitan Atlanta Urban Watershed Institute
Perez Planning + Design
Perkins + Will
Silverman Construction Program Management

Call for Presentations

Take An Active Role

Breakout sessions, hands-on workshops and pre-conference events will focus on this year’s conference theme, “Connecting with Parks.” Successful presentations will offer a unique and innovative opportunity for attendees to explore questions of connectivity.

Call for Presentations

Park Pride is now accepting proposals to present at the 16th Annual Conference. Application deadline is Monday, November 7, 2016. Breakout sessions are 75 minutes in length and offer lecture-style presentations, panel discussions, or hands-on workshops. Approximately 8-12 proposals will be accepted for the breakout session presentations. Similar or complementary presentations may be combined into panels for a more diverse dialog.

Topics of Interest

Suggested topics of interest for breakout sessions and pre-conference events include, but are not limited to:

Greenspace: Where It All Comes Together
How does a community build social and economic capital through connections to parks? How can parks and greenspace connect people of different cultural, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds? What strategies are being used to connect people to the environment and nature through our parks and greenspaces? How can designers, park advocates, and municipalities build parks and programming which remove psychological barriers for communities of color to enjoy parks and the outdoors?

A Greener City, Suburb, and Region
What role do parks and greenspaces play in addressing regional issues of stormwater, transportation, population, and economics? How can political jurisdictions cooperate more fully to provide greenspace connections across municipal boundaries? What has led communities to take a regional approach to parks and greenspace?

Getting from A to Z
How do transportation corridors, green streets, and pedestrian/bike-friendly streets interrelate to conversations about parks and greenspace? What is the latest thinking related to connectivity and greenspace? How can parks and greenspaces unite in a network to provide real transportation alternatives? What role can parks and greenspace play in connecting suburban and rural communities?

Staying Connected Versus Getting Away from It All
How does technology and augmented reality impact the role of parks and greenspace in our lives? How has technology changed the way parks are used? Should parks be used as places of greater digital engagement? Should parks be places to “disconnect” and get away from direct daily interaction with technology?

CEU Credits

CEU Credits Available for Registered Landscape Architects

Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits are available for Landscape Architects registered in Georgia. In order to receive a certificate for CEU credits, Registered Landscape Architects must do all of the following:

  • Register for the Parks and Greenspace Conference AND check “Yes” you are interested in receiving CEU credits on the registration form;
  • Sign-in at the “ASLA CEU Credits” registration table at the conference on March 27st before 8:30am in the Hardin Visitor Center at Atlanta Botanical Garden; and
  • Sign-out at the “ASLA CEU Credits” registration table after 12pm for 2 credit hours, or after 5pm for 4 credit hours.