Next Generation Landscape Architect Believes in the Power of Parks!

Bette Maloy is a graduate of West Virginia University, where she studied landscape architecture. She loves how this field marries the disciplines of art/design, sciences, environmental studies and development seamlessly. We are thrilled to have her with us this summer as one of Park Pride’s Park Visioning interns.

Angela Jiang is Passionate about Parks!

Angela is studying environmental sciences in a 4+1 Bachelor’s/Master’s program at Emory University, and she’s so excited to spend her summer with us, working with communities to connect them to the resources they need to improve their parks. When she’s not meeting with community members, she enjoys exploring Atlanta’s “hidden” greenspaces and giving friends and loved ones tours of them.

Mayor candidates talk equity, vie for green vote, at Downtown forum

The organizers of an Atlanta mayoral candidate forum on green space Thursday night had to move their event to a bigger auditorium — their first venue couldn’t hold everyone who wanted to know more about what the political hopefuls propose for the city’s trees, watersheds and parks. So on a Georgia State University stage, 10 mayoral hopefuls sketched out green visions for a crowd of nearly 400.

SOURCE: Saporta Report

A Solution to Meet Georgia’s Land Conservation Needs

There are few things that impact Georgia’s economy and quality of life as equally as our natural resources. Our $59 billion tourism industry would not be nearly as robust without our beautiful beaches, marshes, lakes and mountain ranges. Maintaining the delicate balance between economic progress and land conservation is a priority for organizations like ours who care about our state’s future. It is also why we are strong proponents of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act (HB332), which was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee during the 2017 legislative session.

SOURCE: Insider Advantage

From Council Chambers: A Voice For Parks

On Monday, May 11th, Park Pride’s Executive Director, Michael Halicki, addressed the Atlanta City Council in Council Chambers during a public hearing for the FY2018 budget. As we move forward into the next administration, it is time for big thinking and big ideas for parks, greenspace and trails to ensure we achieve a world class park system for Atlanta residents.

SOURCE: Saporta Report

What’s your vision for N.H. Scott Park?

Do you live near or regularly use N. H. Scott Park? Does your family take advantage of the programs and classes offered at N. H. Scott Recreation Center? If so, we need to hear your voice as part of Park Pride’s Park Visioning Plan!

“Pollinators in Parks” Initiative Takes Root in Five City of Atlanta Parks

Atlanta, GA, May 31, 2017 – Park Pride and Atlanta Botanical Garden, in collaboration with local community gardening groups, completed the installation of five pollinator gardens in City of Atlanta parks. These gardens, which are part of the “Pollinators in Parks” initiative funded by The Home Depot Foundation through the Community Building Network, are intended to improve Atlanta’s long-term biodiversity, ecological health and sustainability.

The Importance of Parks and Trails to Our Health

Do you take a multi-vitamin for your health? If you are truly health conscious, you may decide to skip the pill, lace up your shoes, and visit a nearby trail or park. Most of us would agree that parks and outdoor green, natural areas are important assets to any community. We readily acknowledge how parks enhance the value of our neighborhoods, increase the beauty, and provide venues for recreation and social activities. But how often do we consider the park as an asset to shape and improve people’s health?

SOURCE: Saporta Report

Calling all park enthusiasts! Announcing Park Pride’s Community Garden Tour

Park Pride, the Atlanta-based nonprofit that engages communities to activate the power of parks, in partnership with the Food Well Alliance, is hosting its annual Community Garden Tour, a fun excursion through four Atlanta community gardens and urban farms, on Saturday, May 20th from 9am – 1pm. If you’re interested in the local food movement, a novice or experienced gardener, or just want to learn more about the city in which you live, the Community Garden Tour will not disappoint!

How Green Infrastructure in Parks Can Lead to Community Empowerment

Green infrastructure stormwater management has been become a preferred alternative to traditional approaches to controlling stormwater in many urban communities. The many environmental and economic benefits such projects achieve are proving the value of green over gray. Four exemplary communities in Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, and Pittsburgh are proving how green stormwater management in parks can go well beyond just the functional benefits of treating stormwater and into an entirely new realm of engaging and empowering underserved communities. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is working collaboratively with the American Planning Association (APA) on an initiative called the Great Urban Parks Campaign to demonstrate how such social equity and community empowerment goals can be achieved.

SOURCE: Meeting of the Minds