From Good to Great: Going Beyond Atlanta’s ParkScore

In May, The Trust for Public Land released an updated ParkScore ranking, showing that Atlanta’s score had slipped from 40th to 49th among the 100 largest US cities. What actions can we take now to get our city back on track?

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.

Read the Study

City of Atlanta Mayoral candidates (or representatives from their campaign) were also on hand to provide their responses to the study’s findings.

Watch the Roundtable recording below:


About the Featured Speaker

Charlie McCabe is a parks, placemaking, and programming consultant, based in the Boston, MA area. Charlie works with public agencies, parks nonprofits and commercial clients. In his spare time, he volunteers, helping with trail, garden and other volunteer projects. He’s  an avid biker and gardener, too.

Prior to his consulting role, Charlie was the Director of the Center for City Park Excellence at The Trust for Public Land (2017-2019). He also served as Director of Public Programs for the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy (2012-2015) and as Executive Director of the Austin Parks Foundation (2005-2012). Between the Greenway and The Trust for Public Land, Charlie earned a master’s degree in Urban Placemaking & Management at Pratt Institute and worked as a fellow at New Yorkers for Parks and the Municipal Art Society in New York City.

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