Park Planning Assistance

Park Visioning

Park Pride believes that a world-class park begins with a strong, community-supported design.

Led by professional landscape architects on staff, the Park Visioning Program guides four communities each year through a process that converts that community’s park dream into a conceptual master plan.

However, the “visioning” process is about much more than just creating a master plan for a neighborhood park. Park Pride’s Park Visioning involves education and dialogue with the whole communitymaking it possible for the community to present a unified voice in the planning for their park and create a park design that meets their unique needs. 

In short, park visioning is about so much more than just building great parks;
it is about building better communities.

Program Benefits

  • The park visioning process is an opportunity for neighbors to come together and build consensus around a park master plan that meets the needs of everyone in the community.
  • Park Pride’s Park Visioning Program provides Friends of the Park groups with access to the services of a professional landscape architect, a $45,000 value, at no cost to the group.
  • Funders of park projects always ask who supports a given project, so broad community participation is a fundamental necessity for successful park development or redevelopment. The conceptual master plan created and the documentation of the park visioning process has proven to be a useful tool for raising funds for project implementation.

What to Expect

Our park visioning process hinges on a robust, inclusive public engagement strategy, which is tailored to each community and is most successful when participants are open to various outcomes.

While every park visioning is unique and tailored to the community it serves, there are a few things that each community undergoing park visioning can expect:

  • The scheduling of monthly meetings of a community steering committee with Park Pride’s visioning team over the 5-10 month process to inform the understanding of the community’s needs. The steering committee will help to develop and implement the public engagement strategy as well as participate in design discussions and decisions at monthly meetings. Committee members should represent a broad and diverse spectrum of community interests.
  • A series of public input meetings during which people are encouraged to dream big and think outside the box for what might be possible in their neighborhood park and form consensus around the priority projects they have for the design (or re-design) of their park.
  • The production of a conceptual park master plan that includes:
    • a summary of process including public engagement strategies,
    • documentation of how decisions were made,
    • a visual representation of the conceptual park plan,
    • a prioritized project list, as well as the graphics and site plans necessary to help the community bring their dream park to reality.

Get Started

Communities interested in receiving park visioning services must apply,
and the application pool is highly competitive.

Apply - City of Atlanta

The application deadline for Park Visioning in 2019 is Friday, November 16.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Basic criteria for a park and community to be eligible for Park Pride’s Park Visioning Program:

  • The park or potential park must be located in the City of Atlanta.
  • The applicant must have registered with Park Pride as a Friends of Park group.
  • The community must be ready to commit to five to ten months of planning work.
  • The community must be open to an inclusive, consensus-driven public engagement process during which all ideas will be considered regardless of popularity, site control, or budget.

Selection Criteria

All eligible applications are considered based on the merits, viability, and sustainability of the proposed project. In addition, projects will be evaluated on the following:

  • Does the project address an identified need?
  • Are there ongoing or pending initiatives that might influence the timing of the Park Visioning?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities presented by the project?

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2019 Park Visioning Application - City of Atlanta

  • Applicant Information

    Please enter your personal contact information in the fields below.
























  • Park Information

    Please complete this section with the information of the park to be considered for the Park Visioning Program.


















  • In which Neighborhood Planning Unit does this park belong?
  • In which Council District does this park belong?
  • Are you a community member, councilperson, Friends of the Park group member, etc.
  • Why does this park need park visioning? Are there ongoing or pending initiatives that might influence the timing of the park visioning process? Is your community committed to a public dialogue about the future of the park? What are some opportunities you hope a vision plan will leverage? It is important to provide enough information and details so that Park Pride can understand the park-related concerns in your community.
  • Committee members should represent a broad cross section of interests and park users, including neighborhood groups, businesses, residents, recreation groups, government partners, and other interested parties. It is important that different viewpoints are represented on the steering committee. Committee members must be willing to attend monthly meetings and fully engage with the Park Visioning process.
  • Steering Committee

    Please provide names and contact information for potential Steering Committee members.






























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Apply - DeKalb County

The application deadline for Park Visioning in 2018 has passed.
Please check back for application information for 2019.
 

What are the eligibility requirements?

Basic criteria for a park and community to be eligible for Park Pride’s Park Visioning Program:

  • The park or potential park must be located in unincorporated DeKalb County.
  • The applicant must have registered with Park Pride as a Friends of Park group.
  • The community must be ready to commit to five to ten months of planning work.
  • The community must be open to an inclusive, consensus-driven public engagement process during which all ideas will be considered regardless of popularity, site control, or budget.

Selection Criteria

All eligible applications are considered based on the merits, viability, and sustainability of the proposed project. In addition, projects will be evaluated on the following:

  • Does the project address an identified need?
  • Are there ongoing or pending initiatives that might influence the timing of the Park Visioning?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities presented by the project?

NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The application deadline for Park Visioning in 2018 has passed.
Please check back for application information for 2019.
 

 

Learn More

Park Visioning assists communities in building consensus and articulating their strategic goals for the future of their parks. See the completed Park Visions below: