Nature: A Public Health Imperative

As Atlanta’s population grows and the urban environment is developed, our access to nature and greenspace is at risk. What would we lose if we lost our connection to nature? What would that mean for our health and quality of life? And what role do urban parks play in maintaining that connection?

SOURCE: Saporta Report

Helena Wright: The Joy of Parks

Say hello to Helena Wright, the Community Building  Intern with Park Pride this summer. From Newnan, Georgia, Helena is currently a student at Georgia Tech, majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Sustainable Cities and Technology & Management.”The joy parks bring is repaid in kind by the community caring for and maintaining the park.” – Helena Wright

Claire Weitnauer: Parks and Sustainability

Claire is the Communications and Development Intern with Park Pride this summer, and will soon be transitioning into her role as the Communications Fellow! Claire grew up in Decatur, Georgia and graduated from Davidson College where she majored in Psychology and minored in Environmental Studies.”Quality parks are an investment in the sustainability of communities.” – Claire Weitnauer

Ruth Pimentel: The Organizing Power of Parks

“Parks are often one of the only public spaces people feel ownership of, and that sense of ownership can be a powerful organizing force.” – Ruth Pimentel

Grace Raulet: Giving Back Through Parks

Say hello to Grace Raulet, one of Park Pride’s summer Visioning Interns ! Grace is currently a 3rd year Landscape Architecture student at the University of Georgia in the College of Environment and Design, with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Urban and Metropolitan Studies.”Parks are an act of giving back to the earth by replenishing and protecting green spaces, instead of diminishing them” – Grace Raulet

Vision Plan for Dekalb Memorial Park Complete!

Congratulations! Thanks to your input and feedback, the community-led Park Visioning  process for DeKalb Memorial Park, facilitated by Park Pride, has been completed. The outcome is a new, community-supported vision plan, which was presented at the Parkview Civic Club on June 5th. Couldn’t make it to the meeting? Download the presentation HERE!   Vision Plan This vision includes the following features:   PATH trail through the … Continue Reading →

Jessica Hayhurst: The Mission for Great Parks

Welcome to Park Pride, Jessica! Jessica Hayhurst is the Special Events Intern with Park Pride this summer, and we are excited to have her join the team. Jessica is from Cartersville, GA and she graduated this May from Berry College where she majored in Public Relations.”From staff to donors, everyone [at Park Pride] is joined on the same mission to make Atlanta’s parks great, and it’s a team effort to get there.” -Jessica Hayhurst

Pittsburgh Perspectives from “the Parks Guy”

Recently, Park Pride’s Executive Director, Michael Halicki, joined Atlanta Regional Commission’s LINK (Leaders Involvement Networking Knowledge) trip to Pittsburgh with other metro-Atlanta leaders. The goal was to connect with and learn tactics for addressing regional issues from Pittsburgh leaders that could be adapted and applied in the Atlanta area. In this week’s Saporta Report, Michael outlines the lessons and ideas he hopes leaders will bring back and incorporate in Atlanta, especially as they relate to parks and greenspace.

SOURCE: Saporta Report