At Park Pride’s 18th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference on March 25, 2019, six Inspiration Award winners were recognized for their commitment to nurturing and strengthening the bonds between parks and communities. This year, these leaders were recognized: JyQuan Almond … Continue Reading →
2019 marks Park Pride’s 30th anniversary of engaging communities to activate the power of parks! We’re excited to take a look back over the decades to showcase some of our accomplishments… including the over $6.6 million awarded to community groups … Continue Reading →
On Martin Luther King Day of Service, more than 80 Park Pride and Atlanta BeltLine volunteers gathered at Washington Park, the first public park for African Americans in the City of Atlanta, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and the park’s 100th anniversary. Volunteers braved sub-freezing temperatures to help plant blueberry bushes and spring bulbs, mulch trees, clean up litter, remove invasive plants, control erosion, and fix up a picnic table.
Friends of the Park groups are composed of individuals with a wealth of knowledge about community engagement and tactics that work and appeal to specific neighbors and communities. Through a Park Pride workshop in the Fall of 2018, we brought … Continue Reading →
The Power of a Great Park from Park Pride on Vimeo. For almost 30 years, Park Pride has engaged communities to activate the power of parks, making communities: Healthier Safer Stronger Cleaner Greener Happier Everyone deserves to have a great … Continue Reading →
“I’m a firm believer that we don’t have to leave our neighborhood to have something nice and enjoy something nice.
Without Park Pride, we wouldn’t have what we have today.” ~ Gwendolyn Stegall
“Having these grants [from Park Pride] and what we’ve done, it brings so many people to the park. So, really Park Pride, from the design, getting volunteers, helping us coordinate work days, and then the grant process… there’s no other group that does that.” ~ Tom Branch, Friends of Frazier-Rowe Park
A natural surface trail is a fantastic addition to any park, especially those with forests. Natural trails are affordable, protect the ecosystem from destruction caused by the heavy machinery required to lay pavement, and are gentle on your knees!
The park, shaded by 100-year-old oak trees, was home only to a small, tired playground not fit for use by neighborhood children. Yet, Isabel saw potential; she imagined a new all-abilities playground, a soccer field, and an education nook. She dreamed of a space that would champion inclusivity of cultures, ages, and abilities.
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.