Bette Maloy is a graduate of West Virginia University, where she studied landscape architecture. She loves how this field marries the disciplines of art/design, sciences, environmental studies and development seamlessly. We are thrilled to have her with us this summer as one of Park Pride’s Park Visioning interns.
“I believe that the inherent power of parks lies in their ability to galvanize community spirit and spark positive growth.” ~ Bette Maloy
When she’s not helping communities dream big about their neighborhood greenspaces, Bette enjoys exploring the city by bike with friends and seeing all that Atlanta has to offer.
Learn more about Bette through our short interview below.
Why are parks important?
Parks are the glue that help bring and keep communities together. They encourage people to be active and interact with one another and the environment. Parks are where we play, where we go for a respite from the intensity of city living, and where we make memories.
Park Pride’s mission is “to engage communities to activate the power of parks.” In what ways are parks “powerful”?
Parks are a beacon of community pride and accomplishment. They represent everything we can accomplish when we become unified and take a proactive stance towards maintaining a relationship with and improving our greenspaces. I believe that the inherent power of parks lies in their ability to galvanize community spirit and spark positive growth.
Why is it important for communities to have a voice in their parks?
Parks should serve their communities, first and foremost. A cooperative approach towards community leaders during the planning processes ensures that those parks will be representative of the priorities of those they are meant to serve. Park planning is service work at its core, and planners and designers have a responsibility to the public to compose a vision that satisfies and inspires.
What is your favorite park activity?
Attending festivals like the Candler Park Festival are my favorite park activity. Seeing the community come out to enjoy a beautiful day filled with art and music against the backdrop of nature helps to remind us of all that we can accomplish together.