Mattie Freeland Park: Placekeeping in a rapidly changing neighborhood

Much has been written about the differences between placemaking and placekeeping. To the uninitiated, the two can appear very similar. Both use art and cultural activities to make high-quality changes to the physical environment. Both involve a participatory process with community and local organizations, and both are ways in which space is claimed by a community. In this month’s contribution to the Saporta Report, Park Pride’s Director of Park Visioning, Andrew White, explores the trend towards placekeeping and how one neighborhood on Atlanta’s Westside is doing it right!

SOURCE: Saporta Report

For the Greener Good – Park Pride Joins Radio

Director of Park Visioning at Park Pride, Andrew White joined the studio for an episode of Atlanta Real Estate Radio. Co-hosts Carol Morgan and Todd Schnick welcome White on this segment of Around Atlanta Radio to discuss the Park Pride initiative, past and ongoing projects and ways to help the community.

SOURCE: Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio

Park Pride Awards Over $1 Million to Fund Park Improvements Across the City

Download PDF Press Release Atlanta – February 24, 2020 – In its 30th year, Park Pride awarded a record $1,385,000 in capital funding for park improvements to 30 Friends of the Park groups across the City of Atlanta, unincorporated DeKalb County, City of Brookhaven, and City of Tucker. To date, Park Pride has awarded over $7 million to projects that include new playgrounds, bridges and piers, ADA-accessibility improvements, informational kiosks and signage, … Continue Reading →

Atlanta Leaders Join Board of Local Parks Organization

Download PDF Press Release Atlanta, GA., February 2020 – A new cohort of leaders has joined the Board of Directors for Park Pride, a local nonprofit working to engage communities to activate the power of parks. Luis Avila-Estrada, Cox Enterprises; Atiba Mbiwan, the Zeist Foundation; and Susan Stainback, Sylvatica Studio, join 17 other local park advocates to comprise Park Pride’s 2020 Board of Directors. This … Continue Reading →

Start with Hope: Articulating a Shared Vision for Public Spaces

Park planning can sometimes be messy work! As public spaces, parks are inherently political, each with its own hidden minefields of competing constituencies and entrenched interests. As a professional landscape architect and Director of Park Pride’s Park Visioning Program, it can sometimes feel like I’m more of a park therapist than a park designer. One of the tools we have developed over the years is the establishment of guiding principles at the outset of every visioning process to get communities to focus on a shared vision.

SOURCE: Saporta Report

The Friends of Mozley Park Need YOUR Input on the Vision Plan

Thanks to your input and feedback, the community-led  Park Visioning process  for Mozley Park, facilitated by Park Pride, has been completed. The outcome is a new  vision  plan for the park, which  was presented at C. A. Scott Recreation Center on January 15, 2020.  Scroll down for more details on the vision plan and to fill out a survey … Continue Reading →

The Nature of Our City

Atlanta is a small, small point of the planet, but with news of each storm, flood, drought, and raging fire around the world, I see that Park Pride’s work in parks and greenspaces must support the critical role that nature plays in maintaining our quality of life. In this month’s Saporta Report contribution, Park Pride’s Teri Nye discusses the import functions of nature in the city, functions that will be the focus of the 2020 Parks and Greenspace Conference, “The Nature of Our City,” on Monday, March 23rd.

SOURCE: Saporta Report


Nature for All – Atlanta

In this month’s Saporta Report column, new Nature Accessibility Advocate, Adriana Garcia, issues a call to action to advance a vision where all Atlanta residents have access to nature. That is the basis of the new initiative from Park Pride, Trees Atlanta, and the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance called Nature for All – Atlanta. Read more about the initiative and how you can get involved in 2020.

SOURCE: Saporta Report

The Lang-Carson Park Vision Plan – Priorities!

The 2019 Vision Plan for Lang-Carson Park has been revealed. This plan is an update to the 2011 master plan created by Atlanta BeltLine., Inc. There have been massive changes in Reynoldstown since then and this revised plan is the neighborhood’s effort to make sure our the keeps pace with those changes. Since that time, … Continue Reading →

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates New Park in English Avenue Community

Download PDF Press Release Atlanta, GA, November 21, 2019 – Today, Atlanta City Council Member Antonio Brown, Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner John Dargle, Chief Equity Officer William Hawthorne, III, Park Pride, The Conservation Fund, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and representatives from the English Avenue community, held a ribbon cutting celebration for the long-anticipated English Avenue … Continue Reading →