Park Stewardship Academy: Empowering Local Leaders

The Park Stewardship Academy—or PSA, for short—is Park Pride’s newest program for Friends of the Park groups. Growing out of the Parks for All campaign, PSA will equip neighborhood residents to become high-impact park advocates.

PSA is unique among Park Pride’s programs. Whereas the Park Visioning and Grantmaking Programs help Friends of the Park groups make physical improvements in parks, PSA empowers participants with resources, education, and training to plan exciting events and volunteer projects that engage neighbors in positive activity.

In short, the Park Stewardship Academy adds tools to the toolbox to create a well-loved greenspace that is vibrant, safe, and the heart of community!

Announcing the First Class of PSA!


Eli Dickerson, Park Pride’s Director of Education, and PSA participant, Ursula Kendall, at Deerwood Park.

After a competitive application process, we’re proud to announce the first class of the Park Stewardship Academy! These community leaders hail from a cross-section of Atlanta neighborhoods and were selected for their outstanding commitment to community, passion for activating local parks, and belief that every Atlantan deserves access to a great park. Join us in wishing these local leaders well on their park stewardship journey!

City of Atlanta

  • Taryn Arbeiter – Chosewood Park
  • Chinelo Arinze – Cascade Springs Nature Preserve
  • Micah Coleman – Lenox-Wildwood Park
  • Coreen Dent – Empire & Harper Parks
  • Ursula Kendall – Deerwood Park
  • Mary Kilgo – Tanyard Creek Park
  • Joanna Powell – Lillian Cooper Shepherd Park
  • Carrie Salvary – Rodney Cook, Sr. Park
  • Donna Stephens – English Park

DeKalb County

  • Luis Indacochea – Glen Emerald Park
  • Barbara Mobley – Shoal Creek Park III
  • Gwendolyn Stegall – Hairston Park


“I hope to…create an environment where everyone is invited to participate in and love the park.”
~ Ursula Kendall,
Friends of Deerwood Park

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