Park Pride’s 2016 Inspiration Awards

We know that great parks exist through the efforts of leaders who nurture and strengthen the bond between the parks and communities of which they are a part. Park Pride’s Annual Inspiration Awards honor these leaders: Linda Bain Linda emerged as a champion of the Sandy Springs Conservancy in 2001 when she served as a … Continue Reading →

Fundraising (and Friend-Raising) Inspiration for Your Park

  The Friends of Channing Valley Park have found a deLIGHTful way to bring their neighborhood together to celebrate the holidays and their local park! Each year, the group sells and distributes luminaries before the neighborhood’s annual holiday party, and then lines the park with the electronically lit luminaries on the night of the party. … Continue Reading →

Friends of Frazier-Rowe Park Leader Wins Cox Conserves Heroes Award

  Last October, Tom Branch, a volunteer with the Friends of Frazier-Rowe Park in DeKalb County, was selected as Atlanta’s 2015 Cox Conserves Hero, an award created by Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land to honor volunteers who create, preserve or enhance the shared outdoor places in our communities. Tom has coordinated hundreds … Continue Reading →

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Park Pride Board & Staff News

A decade after starting the Park Visioning Department, Walt Ray has moved on from his role as the program’s Director and from Park Pride. Luckily for us, he’ll continue to work with parks as the City of Atlanta’s Assistant Director of the Department of Park Design. In this position, Walt hopes to leverage his intimate … Continue Reading →

Talking Advocacy Over Green Eggs & Ham

  On December 2nd, 2015, panelists served up plenty of greenspace insight to approximately 40 park advocates gathered at the Georgia Conservancy’s quarterly Green Eggs & Ham program. Ayanna Williams, Park Pride’s Director of Community Building, was among the panelists, all of whom are involved in creating more and better greenspaces in Atlanta. “To successfully … Continue Reading →

From Vision to Reality: Lindsay Street Park

On October 21st, 2015, a crowd gathered to celebrate the opening of the very first park in the English Avenue neighborhood: Lindsay Street Park. Community members, Park Pride staff, Atlanta city government, representatives from numerous nonprofit organizations and foundation, and Mayor Kasim Reed turned out to witness this major milestone in the community’s revitalization. “It … Continue Reading →

2016: Activating the Power of Parks

A MESSAGE FROM PARK PRIDE’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MICHAEL HALICKI 2016 is off to a strong start for Park Pride with many exciting developments expected in the coming year. In late January, the Board of Directors adopted a strategic plan that will guide the organization’s direction for the next three to five years. When we kicked-off … Continue Reading →

Advocate for Parks Funding in DeKalb

Attention Park Advocates! DeKalb County could possibly obtain a surplus of $21 million in funds from refinancing  bonds at a lower interest rate. Please ask your Commissioner to support the reinvestment of a minimum of 15% ($3.15 million) to be distributed equitably throughout the 5 Districts back into parks! 3 ACTION ITEMS:  Attend a meeting (see … Continue Reading →