A Park Vision Completed for a New Park in South River Gardens

In 2020, the City of Atlanta purchased one acre of land in the South River Gardens community at the corner of Hutchens Road SE & King Smith Road SE for use as a public park. Through neighborhood meetings, surveys, and engagement, Park Pride’s professional park designers worked closely with the South River Gardens residents and community association over the summer of 2021 to produce a conceptual plan for this new greenspace!  

Park Pride’s 2021 Inspiration Award Honorees

Park Pride’s Annual Inspiration Awards honor leaders who inspire others to expand and improve public parks and greenspaces, work to raise awareness about critical, system-wide park issues, and demonstrate a profound commitment to strengthening the connection between parks and their surrounding community.   2021 Inspiration Award Honorees Patrick Noonan W.D. Thomson Park Ms. Shirley Nichols … Continue Reading →

Neighborhood Parks to See Over $1.3 Million in Improvements

Download PDF Press Release Atlanta, GA – January 15, 2021 – Nineteen communities across the City of Atlanta and unincorporated DeKalb County look forward to $1,370,000 in capital improvements coming to neighborhood parks thanks to Park Pride, the local nonprofit that engages communities to activate the power of parks. To date, the nonprofit has awarded over $10 million to park projects through their Grant Program, helping to fund improvements that include new playgrounds, bridges and piers, ADA-accessibility upgrades, kiosks and signage, trails, … Continue Reading →

People, Parks, Paths and the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of parks and paths in our community. As more people have explored these critical green spaces, often for the first time, they may be surprised by their quality and accessibility. Atlanta Regional Commission’s latest webinar on People, Parks, Paths and the Pandemic explores the importance of public spaces … Continue Reading →

Outdoor Play in Times of Crisis

Imagine you’re a child living through the COVID-19 pandemic in a home without a backyard in a neighborhood without a park? Where could you go outside to play and enjoy the fresh air that’s safe? The lack of a neighborhood park is a reality for far too many Atlantans; approximately 28% according to the most … Continue Reading →

Marketing and Communications Intern: Jacquelyn Terry

Jackie is the summer 2020 Marketing and Communications intern at Park Pride! She comes to us from Georgia College and State University, where she is majoring in Mass Communication with a concentration in Digital Media and is graduating this upcoming December. In her free time, Jackie likes to play board games and go hiking in … Continue Reading →

Welcome Torey Garrett, Park Pride’s Park Visioning Intern!

Torey comes to us from Decatur, where his interest in design and environmental planning began in high school. He went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Design from Auburn University and is now earning his Master’s degree in Environmental Planning and Design from the University of Georgia. We asked some questions to get … Continue Reading →

Meet Marylyn Chen: Park Pride’s Community Building Intern!

Say hello to Marylyn Chen, Park Pride’s Community Building intern! Marylyn is an undergraduate student at Georgia Tech, where she’s earning her degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Computing and Intelligence. In her free time, she likes to dance, travel and spend time out in nature. We took some time to talk to … Continue Reading →

ActivateATL: Recreation and Parks for All!

  The City of Atlanta’s Department of Parks and Recreation has launched a comprehensive master planning effort, ActivateATL: Recreation and Parks for All! During this challenging time and beyond, the Department of Parks and Recreation is committed to building a better parks and recreation system that meets the needs of all Atlantans. Now is your … Continue Reading →

Parks: Not Just Fun and Games

“While many of us have perhaps never thought of parks and recreation centers as critical infrastructure, that is, in fact, the exact the purpose for which they were originally created. While the modern idea of parks has become associated with playgrounds, baseball fields, and park benches, parks in America actually began as an initiative to improve public health during past pandemics and increase urban resiliency.” In this month’s contribution to the Saporta Report’s “People, Places, and Parks,” Executive Director, Michael Halicki shares the major lesson from the COVID-19 health crisis and that parks are not all just fun and games.

SOURCE: Saporta Report