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Atlanta Park Commissioners Minute Books: An Important Collection for Contemporary Research

At first glance, the Board of Park Commissioners Minute Books for Atlanta may seem ordinary, even inconsequential. Yet, these resources hold significant information, reflecting the intersectionality of race, gender, and class in urban spaces during the early 20th century. Minute books are the written record of what is said and done in meetings. Their contents reveal the discussions and decisions of the park commissioners, an all-white, male governmental body, during part of the Jim Crow era. These minute books are part of the records donated by Park Pride (MSS 1158) to the Cherokee Garden Library collection of Kenan Research Center.

SOURCE: Atlanta History Center

Great Parks and Recreation Systems Make Great Cities

The City of Atlanta recently adopted a new comprehensive plan to advance parks and recreation. In this Saporta Report contribution to “People, Places, and Parks,” Park Pride’s Executive Director, Michael Halicki, shares his excitement for the plan and highlights several priorities that will increase access to great parks across the city.

SOURCE: Saporta Report

Tips for Solo Litter Cleanup in Parks

Whether solo or with your quarantine pod, picking up litter in your local park is a great way to get out and enjoy the benefits of greenspace while giving back to your community. Use the guidance below for a successful and rewarding outing!   Litter Cleanup Tips  

Pay a Visit to These Parks on MLK Day

The long weekend created by the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service (coming up on January 17!) is a great opportunity to get outside and explore Atlanta’s parks, especially those with significance to Black history. We highly recommend a visit to the three parks below: Washington Park At the time of its development … Continue Reading →

Easy Park Projects for a Successful MLK Day of Service

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January 17) is quickly approaching! This is a great opportunity for Friends of the Park groups to engage volunteers from across the city to join in with a helping hand on a park project. Below are three park improvement projects and three volunteer recruitment techniques that YOU … Continue Reading →

Ribbon Cutting for New Dog Park at Mozley Park!

  On Thursday, December 9, Park Pride joined the Friends of Mozley Park, the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation, and neighbors to celebrate the official opening of a new dog park in Mozley Park, the FIRST on Atlanta’s Westside! This dog park–initially identified by Mozley Park residents through the 2019 Park Visioning … Continue Reading →

Ribbon Cutting at the Confluence Bridge

On December 14, 2021, the South Fork Conservancy, the City of Atlanta, Park Pride, and many additional supporters and friends gathered to cut the ribbon and official open the Confluence Bridge. The $2.5 million project provides a pedestrian connection to trails along the South and North forks of Peachtree Creek. In addition to connecting nearby … Continue Reading →

2020 Impact Report

  Friends,  Following the celebration of our 30th anniversary, we began 2020 with strong expectations and significant goals. Little did we know that March would bring about unexpected and unprecedented challenges.    Park Pride made the decision to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by postponing all in-person meetings, events, and activities starting in mid-March. … Continue Reading →

Three Wins (and Three Cheers!) for Parks Heading into 2022

Typically, December is a time to reflect over the last year and take stock of what we have accomplished. But with three major wins for Atlanta parks occurring in the past few weeks, Park Pride is now fully focused on the opportunities that lie ahead! Check out Park Pride’s final contribution to Saporta Report in 2021, closing out the year by highlighting THREE MAJOR wins for parks!

SOURCE: Saporta Report