Summer 2023: A Vision for Atlanta’s Parks

Numerous studies show that an excellent park system improves quality of life by promoting health, reducing crime, restoring the environment, maintaining habitats, and strengthening social ties. Park Pride’s visioning process plays a critical role in achieving this vision for every neighborhood in Atlanta.

Building Park Pride’s Capacity

Recently, we’ve stories about the Parks for All campaign and the growing impact of our work across the city. The implementation of this growth, however, requires the concurrent growth of Park Pride to deliver more positive outcomes. That is why a portion of the Parks for All campaign is focused on making significant investments into our team. We’re supporting internal bench strength, adding new positions to provide individualized coaching to Friends groups, and preparing tomorrow’s leaders through internships.

Summer 2023: Digging in for the Greener Good

Local businesses and corporations support Park Pride’s mission year-round, making a big impact on Atlanta’s local parks. Corporate groups can tap into team building opportunities such as custom, private volunteer projects to address urgent park needs while supercharging employee engagement. Shoutout to Georgia Power and The Clorox Company for giving back to local communities and parks this spring and summer!

Getting to Know Director of Education, Eli Dickerson

Hello Atlanta park community! As a new member of the Park Pride staff, l can’t wait to get to know you and support your goals for an engaged community with your neighborhood park at the core.

Park Stewardship Academy: Empowering Local Leaders

After a competitive application process, we’re proud to announce the first class of the Park Stewardship Academy! These community leaders hail from a cross-section of Atlanta neighborhoods and were selected for their outstanding commitment to community, passion for activating local parks, and belief that every Atlantan deserves access to a great park. Join us in wishing these local leaders well on their park stewardship journey!

Doubling Impact for Communities

From the smallest beautification project to a full-scale park overhaul, Park Pride’s Grantmaking Program awards funding to Friends of the Park groups for community-supported park improvements. Through the Parks for All campaign, we plan to grow our annual awards to $2.8 million by 2024, doubling investments in local parks and doubling impact for Atlantans across the city! The projects highlighted are among the first to be completed through the increased investment of Parks for All with support from grants awarded in 2022.

Parks for All, Y’all!

Park Pride launched its first-ever comprehensive campaign, Parks for All, in 2022, and it has been a game changer—for Atlanta’s communities, for Atlanta’s parks, and for Park Pride.

Meet Me at The Park: Reflecting on 10 Years at Park Pride

This month marks Michael Halicki’s 10-year anniversary as Park Pride’s executive director. In this Saporta Report article, he reflects on his passion for parks, what he’s learned over the years, and why he is so invested in the world of Atlanta’s local parks.

SOURCE: Saporta Report

Community Celebration at Cascade Springs Nature Preserve

On Friday, June 16, Park Pride joined partners at the City of Atlanta, including Council Member Marci Collier Overstreet, the Department of Parks & Recreation and Commissioner Justin Cutler, the Cascade Springs Nature Conservancy, Nature Gurlz, and the Southwest Atlanta community to celebrate the completion of several major park improvements at the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, made possible with funding through a Park Pride grant.