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From Snow Piles to Worm Rescues: A Child’s Connection to Nature

“Recently, Tina Arnold, Park Pride’s Director of Community Building, asked a gathering of board and staff what “made you ‘go green’?” She wanted us to share the moment that we discovered our connection to nature.” On this month’s contribution to Saporta Report’s People, Places, and Parks, Park Pride’s Rachel Maher shares that for many people, a love and appreciation for nature are deeply rooted in childhood, and she highlights the steps being taken to bring all children in the city closer to nature.

SOURCE: Saporta Report

Where Life Swirls…

Jane Jacobs, urban activist and influencer, once stated that “a successful park is where life swirls.” A park “where life swirls” is a park that is welcoming to all members of the community. It is where you’ll find people absorbed in a variety of different activities that have gotten them out of the house enjoying time with neighbors, family, and friends. In this month’s contribution to the Saporta Report’s People, Places, and Parks, Communication Manager Rachel Maher discusses strategies for how neighbors can create an engaging community park that is swirling with life, beginning with attending the Parks & Greenspace Conference.

SOURCE: Saporta Report

2019 Martin Luther King Day of Service

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.

Park Pride investing $864,000 in parks in Atlanta and DeKalb

Park Pride announced Wednesday that it’s granting a total of $864,000 to 21 community groups in Atlanta and DeKalb County to fund capital park improvements. According to a news release, that means that since 2004, Park Pride has awarded more than $6.6 million to projects that include new playgrounds, bridges and piers, informational kiosks and signage, trails, exercise equipment, community gardens, game fields, pavilions, green infrastructure amenities to help manage storm water runoff, and more.

SOURCE: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Park Improvements Coming to Greenspaces Across the City

Park Pride has announced that $864,000 has been granted to 21 community groups in Atlanta and DeKalb County to fund capital park improvements. To date, Park Pride has awarded over $6.6 million to projects that include new playgrounds, bridges and piers, informational kiosks and signage, trails, exercise equipment, community gardens, game fields, pavilions, green infrastructure amenities to help manage stormwater runoff, and more.

8 Days of Sustainability: Parks and Sustainability

The Livable Buckhead Strategic Sustainability Action Plan is an excellent playbook for leading Buckhead towards a more sustainable future. The leadership of Livable Buckhead and its sustainability committee should be commended for this plan. I have paid particular attention to the portion of the plan that highlights the importance of an interconnected network of parks, trails and greenspaces and the role this network can and should play in the future of Buckhead.

SOURCE: Livable Buckhead

YOUR Input Matters in the Needham Park Vision Plan

Do you live near or regularly use Needham Park? Do you like the idea of having a small neighborhood park near your home or work? Do you have ideas about how Needham Park could be enhanced and preserved for future generations to love and enjoy? If so, … Continue Reading →

Is Better Health Your New Year’s Resolution? Read This.

For many people, the new year brings with it the resolve to get fit, get healthy, and adopt a more active lifestyle. Sound familiar? Perhaps you’re planning to hit the gym, buy organic, or dust off your sneakers and pick up jogging. While all of these are great aspirations, I’d like to offer an alternative resolution to consider that will tic all the boxes: visit a park.

SOURCE: Saporta Report