On October 21st, 2015, a crowd gathered to celebrate the opening of the very first park in the English Avenue neighborhood: Lindsay Street Park. Community members, Park Pride staff, Atlanta city government, representatives from numerous nonprofit organizations and foundation, and Mayor Kasim Reed turned out to witness this major milestone in the community’s revitalization.
“It gives us hope that now kids have a safe place to play.”
Pat Cambell, English Avenue Resident
English Avenue and neighboring communities have long suffered from flooding due to stormwater runoff, often resulting in the overflow of combined sewer systems. In 2010, Park Pride established a coalition of organizations and community members to create a broad plan, known as the Proctor Creek North Avenue Watershed Basin Vision (PNA Study), that used greenspace and green infrastructure to address the persistent flooding. Since that time, The Conservation Fund has brought the plan to life: Lindsay Street Park is the first park conceived by the PNA Study to come to fruition through the Parks with Purpose Program. Lindsay Street Park represents what is possible when a multitude of partners work together towards positive change. Park Pride is proud to be one of more than 30 organizational partners in the effort that made this park a reality.
To download the PNA Study completed by Park Pride in 2010, visit http://bit.ly/1RN1UUB. For more information about the Parks with Purpose Program and to see a list of the partners involved in the creation of Lindsay Street Park, visit www.conservationfund.org.