Since 2004 and with support from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation (Legacy Grants), The Home Depot Foundation (Community Building Grants), and the Cecil B. Day Foundation (Small Change Grants), Park Pride has awarded more than $3.6 million through our re-granting program to help communities pay for new playgrounds, land acquisition, improved signage, new trails, exercise equipment, and other amenities. Over the summer, several groups have completed a variety of different projects funded in part by Park Pride grants and matched dollar-for-dollar by the community:
On September 2nd, the Friends of Mountain Way Common, Livable Buckhead, the City of Atlanta, Park Pride, and members of the Buckhead community cut the ribbon on the park’s new pedestrian bridge, the first amenity from the master plan that has come to fruition and that completes the park’s trail loop.
Lindsay Street Park, English Avenue’s first park, is under construction, and this summer the community hosted their first picnic in the park. Once completed, this park will feature a playground, green infrastructure amenities to mitigate the effects of stormwater runoff, restored woodlands, a lawn for events and sports, and more.
In an effort to keep the volleyball court sand where it belongs (on the court!), the Friends of John Howell Park completed a retaining wall around the court’s perimeter. In addition to greatly improving the aesthetics of the park, the wall has also increased the court’s safety. Bring friends out for a game!
As part of the Phase III development at Little Nancy Creek Park, the Friends group created a gathering space overlooking the park’s playground and community garden. The new pavilion is a great place to spend time with friends, family, and neighbors, and enjoy the natural beauty of the park.
Community Building Grants
Hikers and bikers rejoice! Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area has new wayfinding signage at their kiosk to help you find your way. When you visit, make sure to also check out the new signs about the wonders of this unique monadnock (an isolated and exposed rock hill).
The Friends of Fraizer-Rowe Park have enhanced the beauty of the park’s LaVista Rd. entrance with the installation of a welcoming arbor. Come out with your family and enjoy the beauty of the park’s natural trails in DeKalb County!
For more information about Park Pride’s Matching Grant Program, visit the Park Pride website: www.parkpride.org.