REI’s GreATL Volunteer Day + Campout

Park Pride and REI are teaming up to get Atlantans outside, supporting parks, and enjoying the great outdoors! On June 3, join Park Pride and REI for a volunteer project at Lionel Hampton Park in celebration of National Trails Day. Volunteers will help maintain trails that are enjoyed by locals who like to hike and … Continue Reading →

Shannon Roudebush Joins the Park Pride Team!

Earlier this year, Park Pride excitedly welcomed Shannon Roudebush to the team as the Sponsorship and Annual Fund Manager. In this position, she works closely with sponsors and donors to expand the influence and impact of Park Pride’s mission. Shannon graduated from the College of Charleston in 2018 with a bachelor’s in Arts Management. Prior … Continue Reading →

Joanna Patterson Joins Park Pride as Volunteer Associate

Joanna Patterson has joined the Park Pride team as the Volunteer Associate, supporting the Friends of the Park groups and Atlanta’s corporate community engage in meaningful volunteer projects in parks. Originally from Crossville, TN, Joanna grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta near Red Top Mountain and moved to the city in 2011. She has … Continue Reading →

Eli Dickerson Joins Park Pride as Director of Education

Park Pride is growing! Eli Dickerson has joined the team as the Director of Education, a new position within the organization. In this role, Eli will lead organization-wide curriculum development that increases understanding and awareness of the importance of parks and enhances community capacity to engage in parks and spearhead improvement efforts.

Meet Faria Khan

Faria Khan is Park Pride’s new Grantmaking & Fiscal Sponsorship Associate. She is an Atlanta native (having lived in the city all but two years of her life!). Faria Khan graduated from Georgia State University in 2020 with a bachelor’s in public health, going on to work in a different areas within the field including … Continue Reading →

Meet Hannah Wynelle Studdard

Hannah Wynelle Studdard is a lifelong Georgian. As Park Pride’s Executive Assistant, she supports Executive Director Michael Halicki, coordinates with the staff leaders at Park Pride, and serves as the liaison for Park Pride’s Board of Directors.

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates New Park in the English Avenue Neighborhood

Download PDF Press Release On Thursday, October 27, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, City Councilmember Byron Amos, the Department of Parks and Recreation, Park Pride, The Conservation Fund, and the Friends of Mattie Freeland Park, held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the long-anticipated grand opening of an English Avenue greenspace, Mattie Freeland Park. “This park and … Continue Reading →

A Ribbon Tying to Celebrate a New Youth Soccer Field at Sara J. González Park

On September 23, neighbors in northwest Atlanta gathered at the Sara J. González Park. On this day (the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month!), they were not gathering for a lesson in the learning nook, an interfaith prayer vigil, nor a cultural festival. Instead, they were there to celebrate a new youth soccer field, funded by a $50,000 grant from Park Pride!

Community Schoolyard Visioning at Columbia Elementary

It began with a dream. DeKalb County resident Gabbie Atsepoyi wanted more usable greenspace in her neighborhood that could be enjoyed by all members of the community.  She wondered whether a forested, overgrown stream between her house and Columbia Elementary School could be transformed into a nature trail that would serve as the perfect outdoor … Continue Reading →