On December 14, 2021, the South Fork Conservancy, the City of Atlanta, Park Pride, and many additional supporters and friends gathered to cut the ribbon and official open the Confluence Bridge. The $2.5 million project provides a pedestrian connection to trails along the South and North forks of Peachtree Creek. In addition to connecting nearby … Continue Reading →
When does a “good” park become a “great” park? When it’s welcoming to all members of the community, with amenities that invite children, adults, and seniors to come and stay a while. A great park serves the people who live there, and because each community’s needs are different, great parks come in many shapes and … Continue Reading →
Throughout 2021, parks have been there for us when we’ve needed them most. And Park Pride has been there for parks! We’ve been: Organizing volunteer days, spreading mulch and cleaning up litter, Supporting capital improvements in parks through grants, Planning for new parks that will meet the needs of their surrounding communities, And ensuring neighbors … Continue Reading →
At this Park Pride Virtual Roundtable, Charlie McCabe, parks and placemaking expert, shared the findings from a recent study (commissioned by The Trust for Public Land and funded by The Arthur M. Blank Foundation) of Atlanta’s park system. He also discussed recommendations to making great parks accessible to all Atlantans. City of Atlanta Mayoral candidates (or representatives from their campaign) were also on hand to provide their responses to the study’s findings.
The Friends of Mattie Freeland Park are celebrating the latest milestone in the creation of their new park… the beginning of construction!
Some highlights from 2019, Park Pride’s 30th year of impact and service.
As Atlanta’s population grows and the urban environment is developed, our access to nature and greenspace is at risk. What would we lose if we lost our connection to nature? What would that mean for our health and quality of life? And what role do urban parks play in maintaining that connection?
Imagine you’re a kid living in an apartment building in an area of town without access to a park. Where can you go outside to play that’s safe? “If the answer is ‘nowhere,’” says Park Pride’s Executive Director, Michael Halicki, “chances are you’ll just stay inside and play video games. We must do better for these kids, and thinking creatively about our public land is the answer.”
Parks can catalyze improvements in health and strengthen communities. When the Rev. James Orange Park received Park Pride’s Legacy Grant in 2012, it spurred additional city investment that resulted in a new pool, splash pad, and playground. The residents coalesced around a shared vision of safety, family-friendly amenities, and preservation of nature that resulted in both improved health outcomes and a stronger community.
Signs of spring are around us! Mayapples and bloodroot are pushing up out of the soil with leaves wrapped around should there be a chill. Dogwoods are unfurling creamy white bracts and redbuds are parading fuschia flowers on each still-bare branch. What welcome sights! As temperatures consistently warm, we’ll see more and more flowers and … Continue Reading →