Park Pride’s 2021 Impact Report

What a year! Though 2021 certainly had its challenges, it was also a year of promise and success—and that is especially true for Park Pride. We are pleased to present you with this Impact Report to share the stories and triumphs that you helped make possible. Together, we’ve laid the foundation for a 2022 that is shaping up to be like none other in the organization’s history. What can you expect? A stronger Park Pride. Expanded access to greenspace in neighborhoods across the city. Healthier parks (with less privet!). More united and resilient neighborhoods. It is no exaggeration that we could not do our work without you: our donors, funders, partners, volunteers, and Friends of the Park group members. Thank you for your support.

SOURCE: Park Pride

The Parks We Need Now!

As we continue to live amid a global health crisis—and assuredly will continue to do so for the foreseeable future—the role of parks and other outdoor spaces has never been more important. We know that parks are critical urban infrastructure; we’ve experienced the truly essential services they provide that impact our everyday quality of life. And it’s about time that we begin to treat them as such. Which begs the question: can pre-pandemic design, management, and funding strategies keep pace with the increased reliance we have on parks? What comes next? Join us at Park Pride’s 2022 Parks & Greenspace Conference to explore these questions with thought leaders from Atlanta and across the country!

SOURCE: Saporta Report

Visioning a New Park on Lower Paul Ave

  What is Park Visioning? Parks are good for people, good for the environment, and good for communities! Parks are treasured neighborhood amenities where children can play safely, friendships start, and memories are formed. Parks are all about community, and that’s why community leadership and involvement is so important when designing new parks. Park Visioning … Continue Reading →

Atlanta Park Commissioners Minute Books: An Important Collection for Contemporary Research

At first glance, the Board of Park Commissioners Minute Books for Atlanta may seem ordinary, even inconsequential. Yet, these resources hold significant information, reflecting the intersectionality of race, gender, and class in urban spaces during the early 20th century. Minute books are the written record of what is said and done in meetings. Their contents reveal the discussions and decisions of the park commissioners, an all-white, male governmental body, during part of the Jim Crow era. These minute books are part of the records donated by Park Pride (MSS 1158) to the Cherokee Garden Library collection of Kenan Research Center.

SOURCE: Atlanta History Center

Great Parks and Recreation Systems Make Great Cities

The City of Atlanta recently adopted a new comprehensive plan to advance parks and recreation. In this Saporta Report contribution to “People, Places, and Parks,” Park Pride’s Executive Director, Michael Halicki, shares his excitement for the plan and highlights several priorities that will increase access to great parks across the city.

SOURCE: Saporta Report

Tips for Solo Litter Cleanup in Parks

Whether solo or with your quarantine pod, picking up litter in your local park is a great way to get out and enjoy the benefits of greenspace while giving back to your community. Use the guidance below for a successful and rewarding outing!   Litter Cleanup Tips  

Pay a Visit to These Parks on MLK Day

The long weekend created by the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service (coming up on January 17!) is a great opportunity to get outside and explore Atlanta’s parks, especially those with significance to Black history. We highly recommend a visit to the three parks below: Washington Park At the time of its development … Continue Reading →

Easy Park Projects for a Successful MLK Day of Service

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January 17) is quickly approaching! This is a great opportunity for Friends of the Park groups to engage volunteers from across the city to join in with a helping hand on a park project. Below are three park improvement projects and three volunteer recruitment techniques that YOU … Continue Reading →

Ribbon Cutting for New Dog Park at Mozley Park!

  On Thursday, December 9, Park Pride joined the Friends of Mozley Park, the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation, and neighbors to celebrate the official opening of a new dog park in Mozley Park, the FIRST on Atlanta’s Westside! This dog park–initially identified by Mozley Park residents through the 2019 Park Visioning … Continue Reading →

Ribbon Cutting at the Confluence Bridge

On December 14, 2021, the South Fork Conservancy, the City of Atlanta, Park Pride, and many additional supporters and friends gathered to cut the ribbon and official open the Confluence Bridge. The $2.5 million project provides a pedestrian connection to trails along the South and North forks of Peachtree Creek. In addition to connecting nearby … Continue Reading →