Each year, Park Pride guides two communities in unincorporated DeKalb County 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.
Park Pride is accepting applications for Park Visioning in DeKalb County.
Deadline to apply is Friday, August 2, 2019.
What are the eligibility requirements?
Basic criteria for a park and community to be eligible for Park Pride’s Park Visioning Program:
- The park or potential park must be located in unincorporated DeKalb County.
- The applicant must have registered with Park Pride as a Friends of Park group.
- The community must be ready to commit to six to eight months of planning work.
- The park or potential park must be publicly accessible in perpetuity.
- The community must be open to an inclusive, consensus-driven public engagement process during which all ideas will be considered regardless of popularity, site control, or budget.
All eligible applications are considered based on the merits, viability, and sustainability of the proposed vision. In order to be selected for visioning, all groups must meet the eligibility requirements listed above. In addition, proposals will be evaluated on the following:
- Does the project address an identified need?
- Are there ongoing or pending initiatives that might influence the timing of the Park Visioning?
- What are the challenges and opportunities presented by the project?
What is park visioning?
Park Pride assists communities within the City of Atlanta & Unincorporated DeKalb County to develop vision plans for their neighborhood parks. Professional park designers will facilitate a public participation process with neighborhood groups that builds consensus around a conceptual vision plan that can be built over several years. At the end, the community will have a professionally-produced long-term plan and report that will provide a fundraising and advocacy tool for the community.
How does park visioning work?
Our 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. The final plan will reflect the consensus of the community and a final report will include: a summary of process including public engagement strategies, documentation of how decisions were made, rendered vision plan, and a prioritized project list and budget.
A Steering Committee of committed local residents and stakeholders will serve as the project client and will work closely with the visioning team throughout the process. At the monthly Steering Committee meetings, the group will help to develop and implement a public engagement strategy as well as participate in design discussions and decisions. Committee members should represent a broad and diverse spectrum of community interests and act as liaisons to the larger community.
Limitations of a vision plan
It is important to note that a vision plan is not a mandate, does not carry weight of law, and does not guarantee funding from either DeKalb County or Park Pride for the projects detailed therein. However, many groups who complete a vision plan successfully use the document for fundraising, grant applications, and advocacy.
The deadline for applications has passed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.