From Good to Great: Going Beyond Atlanta’s ParkScore

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.

Welcome New Park Pride Staff Members!

Park Pride’s team is growing! Please help us welcome Torey Garrett and Camila Sanchez! Torey Garrett Torey is a Program Associate on our Community Building team and will provide support to our Friends of the Park and Volunteer Programs. If he looks familiar, that’s because he also supported the Park Visioning team last summer as … Continue Reading →

Atlanta’s ParkScore ranking drops to 49th from 40th

Atlanta did not fare too well in the Trust for Public Land’s 2021 ParkScore ranking. Of the 100 major U.S. cities, Atlanta ranked 49th compared to 40th last year. Part of the reason can be attributed to equity. For the first time, TPL added measures of park equity in its ParkScore rankings.

SOURCE: Saporta Report

Atlanta-based public-private partnership receives support to bring greenspaces to school grounds

Download PDF Press Release May 27, 2021, Atlanta – Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) has selected a public-private partnership from Atlanta, including Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta Department of Parks & Recreation, The Trust for Public Land, and Park Pride, to receive training and technical assistance to add nature and outdoor learning spaces to schoolyards. CCCN, a joint initiative of … Continue Reading →

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 →

MLK Day Equity Update

Park Pride’s Executive Director, Michael Halicki, shares updates on the organization’s efforts to deepen our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. These highlights are part of a larger body of DEI-related work that began in 2020 and will continue in 2021 and the years ahead.

SOURCE: Saporta Report

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 →

Eight Atlanta Leaders Join Board of Local Parks Organization

Download PDF Press Release Atlanta, GA., January 14, 2021 – A new cohort of park champions has joined Park Pride’s Board of Directors, expanding the breadth of expertise of the nonprofit’s leadership and furthering its mission to engage communities to activate the power of parks.  Sofia Bork, Wesley Brooks, Lane Courts, Omari Henderson, Pedro Pavón, Cynthia Searcy, Daryl Smith, and Nikki Walker, join 16 other members of the board tasked with providing … Continue Reading →

Celebrating a Decade in DeKalb!

On December 8, Park Pride’s 10-year anniversary of working in DeKalb County was honored with a proclamation at the Board of Commissioners monthly meeting. We are so proud of our partnership with DeKalb and the countless volunteers and donors who have amplified our impact and made our work possible. Through the years, Park Pride has … Continue Reading →

Park Pride’s Friends of the Park Program and Community Gardens Receive Support from Kaiser Permanente

Download PDF Press Release   Atlanta, GA, November 4, 2020 – Park Pride, the Atlanta-based nonprofit that engages communities to activate the power of parks, received a $30,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente that is focused on improving the health and wellness of Atlantans through parks, greenspaces, and community gardens. The award will support geographically focused community engagement and empowerment activities, and education and networking opportunities surrounding emerging park issues and the societal value of parks.  Park … Continue Reading →