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Parks: Not Just Fun and Games

“While many of us have perhaps never thought of parks and recreation centers as critical infrastructure, that is, in fact, the exact the purpose for which they were originally created. While the modern idea of parks has become associated with playgrounds, baseball fields, and park benches, parks in America actually began as an initiative to improve public health during past pandemics and increase urban resiliency.” In this month’s contribution to the Saporta Report’s “People, Places, and Parks,” Executive Director, Michael Halicki shares the major lesson from the COVID-19 health crisis and that parks are not all just fun and games.

SOURCE: Saporta Report

Atlanta’s 2020 ParkScore climbs two spots – from 42 to 40

Atlanta continues to make steady progress in its “ParkScore,” according to the Trust for Public Land’s annual index among the nation’s top 100 cities. The 2020 ParkScore index showed Atlanta placing 40th nationally – up two spots from last year’s score of 42. Its rank is a marked improvement from 2013, when it placed 65th; or from 2015, when its score was 70th.

SOURCE: Saporta Report

Showing Appreciation for All Parks and Recreation Workers

We know parks play a vital role in our wellness as places where we’re able to connect with nature close to home. Those who make it possible to continue to visit our local parks—that is, the staff and essential workers of our local departments of parks and recreation—deserve our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for their service and sacrifices during this difficult time.

SOURCE: Saporta Report

Thank Your Local Parks & Recreation Workers

Over the past several weeks, while shutdowns and stay-at-home orders clashed with the colorful arrival of spring, metro Atlantans flocked to local parks and trails. You may have been among them, perhaps because you recognize that parks play a vital role in the health and wellness of our residents. The importance of this role has … Continue Reading →

Be Gone, Invasive Species!

This webinar is part of the Atlanta Community ToolBank’s “Tools, Tips, and Tricks” education series. During this informative class, Park Pride’s Volunteer Team, Chris Lemons and Victoria Burgos, presents on best practices and the right tools for removal of invasive species such as Bamboo, English Ivy and Kudzu. You’ll learn all about these common invasive … Continue Reading →

Community encouraged to practice safe distancing while enjoying Atlanta parks

“Right now, I think people really need access to nature, and I think nature has a number of different health benefits… provided that we practice social distancing.” Social distancing is *critical* to safely enjoying Atlanta’s parks, trails, and open spaces! Park Pride’s Executive Director, Michael Halicki, discusses the need for social distancing on WSB-TV’s People 2 People segment.

SOURCE: WSB-TV

COVID-19: Park Pride’s Operational Updates

May 20, 2020 Park Pride has decided to postpone all volunteer events until further notice due to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19. We are in the process of evaluating volunteer procedures to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved. As generous volunteers, we hope you are finding meaningful ways to give back to … Continue Reading →

#GreenYourSpace Photo Challenge

A greener city and planet starts at home! You know that access to greenspace is good for your mental and physical health. This Earth Day, Park Pride invites you to make your corner of the city a little greener with the #GreenYourSpace Challenge. The challenge is simple: convert your balcony, backyard, patio or porch into … Continue Reading →

Should you be visiting your local park?

  Among the many uncertainties that we face during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is understandable that you may question whether to visit parks, trails, or open spaces during this time. You are not alone; Park Pride shares your concerns. First, it is critical that–while visiting any location outside of your home, including parks and trails–you … Continue Reading →

2019 Highlights

Some highlights from 2019, Park Pride’s 30th year of impact and service.