From the Front Lines of Park Advocacy

Park Pride serves as the “voice for parks” in the City of Atlanta, and 2017 will be a big year with many park advocacy issues at the forefront of decisions that will potentially impact many city residents. It is important … Continue Reading →

Park Visioning Program Expands Impact!

Park Pride is thrilled to announce that in 2017, due to the enthusiasm of supporters and the proven impact of our services, the Park Visioning Program will expand to serve the citizens and parks of unincorporated DeKalb County!

Atlanta’s Memorial Drive Greenway finalized concept has been unveiled

The people of Atlanta have spoken, and a utopian vision for Memorial Drive’s westernmost reaches is now set in stone. They’re calling this long-planned, sweeping expanse of greenspaces—all studded with public art and cafes—the Memorial Drive Greenway. It would span from Oakland Cemetery to a large park that caps The Connector where Memorial meets downtown.

SOURCE: Curbed Atlanta

Boone Park West

The Power of Partnerships and Parks

The Conservation Fund’s Urban Conservation Manager, Shannon Lee, recently sat down with Michael Halicki, Executive Director of Park Pride, a nonprofit that works with the City of Atlanta to improve its parks. They discussed how working in partnership within local communities creates parks that offer the most value for specific and distinct neighborhoods. The Fund and Park Pride have collaborated on many park projects with many more in store.

SOURCE: The Conservation Fund

Final Concept Plan for Memorial Drive Greenway

Congratulations! Thanks to your input and feedback, the community-led Park Visioning process, facilitated by Park Pride, has been completed. The final concept plan for Memorial Drive Greenway (below) was presented at a public meeting on February 28th.

The Importance of Local, Neighborhood Parks

Last month, Catherine Nagel from City Parks Alliance came to Atlanta to participate in a roundtable discussion with Atlanta’s Mayoral candidates on the importance of urban parks. Following her visit, Nagel published a column entitled: “Prioritizing Equity in Planning (and Paying for) City Parks,” where she makes the case that equitable park access is a national issue. I share this column to put Park Pride’s efforts to draw attention to equitable park access in a national context.

SOURCE: Saporta Report

PNA Study Recognized with Fulcrum Award

On March 8th, 2017, Park Pride was honored and humbled to accept the Fulcrum Award from Southface for the Proctor Creek North Avenue Watershed Basin Green Infrastructure Vision (PNA Study for short) on behalf of all our project partners. The study’s goal was to provide a comprehensive assessment of the Proctor Creek Watershed Basic on Atlanta’s Westside and propose a series greenspace improvements and new parks that would provide relief for the combined sewer system that often overflowed into the neighborhood streets, in addition to bringing more parks to this under-parked community.