The Making of the Next Greenspace Mayor

Park Pride and our greenspace partners have been hard at work through the better part of this year attempting to develop a rapport with the next Mayor of the City of Atlanta. The challenge, at this particular point in time, is that we don’t know who that person will be. As of the August 20th filing, there were 14 candidates who claimed to be up to the job. However, at the race’s conclusion there can be only one.

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From Good to Great: Going Beyond Atlanta’s ParkScore

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

Welcome New Park Pride Staff Members!

Park Pride’s team is growing! Please help us welcome Torey Garrett and Camila Sanchez! Torey Garrett Torey is a Program Associate on our Community Building team and will provide support to our Friends of the Park and Volunteer Programs. If he looks familiar, that’s because he also supported the Park Visioning team last summer as … Continue Reading →

Atlanta’s ParkScore ranking drops to 49th from 40th

Atlanta did not fare too well in the Trust for Public Land’s 2021 ParkScore ranking. Of the 100 major U.S. cities, Atlanta ranked 49th compared to 40th last year. Part of the reason can be attributed to equity. For the first time, TPL added measures of park equity in its ParkScore rankings.

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Atlanta-based public-private partnership receives support to bring greenspaces to school grounds

Download PDF Press Release May 27, 2021, Atlanta – Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) has selected a public-private partnership from Atlanta, including Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta Department of Parks & Recreation, The Trust for Public Land, and Park Pride, to receive training and technical assistance to add nature and outdoor learning spaces to schoolyards. CCCN, a joint initiative of … Continue Reading →

Park Pride’s 2021 Inspiration Award Honorees

Park Pride’s Annual Inspiration Awards honor leaders who inspire others to expand and improve public parks and greenspaces, work to raise awareness about critical, system-wide park issues, and demonstrate a profound commitment to strengthening the connection between parks and their surrounding community.   2021 Inspiration Award Honorees Patrick Noonan W.D. Thomson Park Ms. Shirley Nichols … Continue Reading →

Examining the Black History within Atlanta’s Parks

Local parks are a link to the past. How/where a park came to be and for whom the park was named and built are details that inform our current reality. During Black History Month, we encourage you to visit and learn about greenspaces that have played significant roles in (or tell the stories of!) the … Continue Reading →

MLK Day Equity Update

Park Pride’s Executive Director, Michael Halicki, shares updates on the organization’s efforts to deepen our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. These highlights are part of a larger body of DEI-related work that began in 2020 and will continue in 2021 and the years ahead.

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