Led by a registered landscape architect, the Park Visioning Program offers professional park design assistance to community groups free-of-charge.
Whether you need advice on next steps or assistance with long-term planning, we offer a range of design services that meet the needs of all Friends groups, whether large or small!
Learn about our service options by clicking the tabs below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Available year-round on a rolling basis, Park Pride offers design consultations to Friends of Park groups who want general guidance on next steps for your park improvement ideas. Design consultations give Friends groups the opportunity to consult one-on-one with our visioning team.
Who can apply?
Design consultations are available to all registered Friends of Park groups in City of Atlanta, Unincorporated DeKalb County, City of Brookhaven, and City of Tucker.
What to expect
Design consultations are one-on-one meetings with our park visioning staff that happen on-site at your park. Meetings typically last one hour. Consultations usually result in a written summary of the conversation and/or rough sketches or simple maps intended to help identify next steps for a park project.
Friends of Park groups interested in receiving a design consultation can fill out the form below. Park Pride will review your application within a week of submittal.
Each year, the park visioning team hosts one or more Park Design Workshops during which you can speak one-on-one with a volunteer design professional about a focused project in your park or greenspace and get insight on how to move your idea forward.
Beautifying a park entrance, designing a pollinator garden, or erosion control at a specific site are examples of projects that could be addressed during the workshop.
Who can attend?
This workshop is for people who care about their communities and who need design assistance to address a focused area of interest in their neighborhood park, and everyone is eligible to attend. You do not need to be registered as a Friends of Park group. Due to space restrictions, we ask that no more than three people from any one park attend.
What to expect
After you register for the workshop ($5 / person), Park Pride will contact you and ask for additional information, details, and photographs of your project. Once we understand the scope of your project, we will match you with a volunteer design consultant to work with you on the day of the workshop. To make best use of the limited time we have with our volunteer designers, we recommend you select a small area of interest (such as a park entrance, building entrance or picnic shelter). After the workshop, participants typically leave with a hand-drawn design provided by the volunteer designer. This can be used as a starting place to win approvals and get grants to implement your project. Participants also make new contacts with professional designers as well as other community members who are interested in improving their parks.
The 2019 Park Design Workshop has passed. Check back for the date and registration link for the 2020 workshop.
Each year, Park Pride guides four communities through a public engagement process that converts that community’s ideas and dreams into a conceptual vision plan that can be used to guide community-based development of the park over a longer period.
The vision plan is a conceptual plan and comprehensive report for the entire park, produced to professional landscape design standards through a public-engagement process spanning several months. This plan can then be used by community groups to fundraise and advocate for their desired improvements in the park.
See the examples of completed plans created through the Park Visioning Program at the bottom of this page.
Who can apply?
Park vision plans are available to registered Friends of Park groups in the City of Atlanta or Unincorporated DeKalb County, and Friends groups must:
- commit to six to eight months of public planning work,
- support an open and inclusive visioning process that intentionally represents differing opinions and diverse viewpoints,
- and be open to considering all ideas regardless of popularity, site control or budget.
What to expect
Our park visioning process hinges on a robust, inclusive public engagement strategy, which is tailored to each community and is most successful when participants are open to various outcomes.
While every park visioning is unique, each community undergoing park visioning can expect:
- Monthly meetings – The scheduling of monthly meetings of a community steering committee with Park Pride’s visioning team over the 5-10 month process to inform the understanding of the community’s needs. The steering committee will help to develop and implement the public engagement strategy as well as participate in design discussions and decisions at monthly meetings. Committee members should represent a broad and diverse spectrum of community interests.
- Public input meetings – A series of public input meetings during which people are encouraged to dream big and think outside the box for what might be possible in their neighborhood park and form consensus around the priority projects they have for the design (or re-design) of their park.
- A final, conceptual park plan – The central deliverable of the Park Visioning Program is the creation of a conceptual park master plan that includes:
- a summary of process including public engagement strategies,
- documentation of how decisions were made,
- a visual representation of the conceptual park plan,
- a prioritized project list, as well as the graphics and site plans necessary to help the community bring their dream park to reality.