Aspiring to a Higher Standard for Our Parks

In December 2021, Atlanta City Council adopted Activate ATL, a 10-year comprehensive plan for parks and recreation that presents an extraordinary vision for an equitable, connected, and activated park system—a robust and well-maintained system that provides health benefits to all residents. But momentum in pursuit of that vision has been frustrated by inertia and barriers. In this contribution to Saporta Report’s “People, Places, and Parks,” Park Pride’s Michael Halicki and Rachel Maher discuss the need for an increased budget for park to aspire to the park system that Atlantans deserve.

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Joanna Patterson Joins Park Pride as Volunteer Associate

Joanna Patterson has joined the Park Pride team as the Volunteer Associate, supporting the Friends of the Park groups and Atlanta’s corporate community engage in meaningful volunteer projects in parks. Originally from Crossville, TN, Joanna grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta near Red Top Mountain and moved to the city in 2011. She has … Continue Reading →

Park Pride encourages residents to get involved with neighborhood greenspaces through Friends of the Park program

With the start of the new year, Park Pride — a nonprofit working with communities to improve parks around the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County — opened registration for its Friends of the Park (FoP) program. Through this initiative, Park Pride empowers residents to invest in and activate their neighborhood parks, using an inclusive, collaborative and personalized approach.

SOURCE: Saporta Report

The Healing Power of Parks

The past few years have affirmed the importance of parks for our physical and mental well-being. The healing power of parks, however, goes beyond personal health. Public greenspaces are also where community bonds are formed, diverse ideas are experienced, and where cultural enrichment flourishes. We also look to parks to heal and strengthen the urban environment—to manage stormwater, reduce flooding, cool and filter the air, and provide natural habitat. At Park Pride’s 2023 Parks & Greenspace Conference (taking place on Monday, March 27 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden), we’ll discuss all this and more while exploring “The Healing Power of Parks.”

SOURCE: Saporta Report

$2.5M of Capital Park Improvements Headed for Local Communities

Download PDF Press Release Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Pittman Park in 2022 celebrated refurbished amenities which were funded through Park Pride’s Grantmaking Program.   Atlanta, GA – January 5, 2023 – Park Pride is kicking off 2023 by announcing its largest slate of awards in the organization’s 34-year history, with $2.5 million heading for 25 communities … Continue Reading →

Eli Dickerson Joins Park Pride as Director of Education

Park Pride is growing! Eli Dickerson has joined the team as the Director of Education, a new position within the organization. In this role, Eli will lead organization-wide curriculum development that increases understanding and awareness of the importance of parks and enhances community capacity to engage in parks and spearhead improvement efforts.

Laying the Foundation for the Work Ahead

In Park Pride’s final contribution to Saporta Report’s “People, Places, and Parks” for the year, Park Pride’s Michael Halicki reflects on why 2022 is the most memorable during his tenure as Executive Director. Through all the accomplishments of the past year, Park Pride laid a solid foundation upon which we’ll continue to build into 2023 and beyond, advancing our mission to engage communities to activate the power of parks.

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Meet Faria Khan

Faria Khan is Park Pride’s new Grantmaking & Fiscal Sponsorship Associate. She is an Atlanta native (having lived in the city all but two years of her life!). Faria Khan graduated from Georgia State University in 2020 with a bachelor’s in public health, going on to work in a different areas within the field including … Continue Reading →