Park Planning Assistance

Park Visioning

Our signature program, Park Visioning is quite unique — like no other program in the country. Led by professional landscape architects on Park Pride’s staff, a community is guided through a process that converts that community’s park dream into a conceptual but tangible master plan.

A finished conceptual plan is the tangible outcome, but represents only part of the story. The overall “visioning”process is much bigger, though perhaps less visible to outsiders. Park Visioning makes it possible for the community to present a unified voice in the planning for their park, and it involves education and dialogue with the whole community. The Director of Park Visioning facilitates public participation and input meetings to ensure that all people in the community are heard.

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 process itself is an opportunity for the community to come together.

Park Visioning is about so much more than just building great parks; it is about building better communities.

Program Highlights

  • Since 2005, more than $14 million has been directed to implementing these community-created Park Visions
  • The Park Visioning Process usually takes between five and ten months for each park
  • A Stakeholder Committee of 8–16 people is selected to represent neighborhood groups, institutions, residents, possible funding partners, the City of Atlanta, and other interested parties

Program Benefits

  • Community consensus around a park master plan
  • Access to the services of a professional landscape architect, a $45,000 value
  • A conceptual master plan that can be used as a useful tool for raising funds for project implementation

What to Expect

Park Pride conducts four park visionings a year with communities located in the City of Atlanta and in DeKalb County. Communities interested in receiving park visioning services must apply, and the application pool is highly competitive.

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

  • To participate in a series of input meetings during which people are encouraged to dream and form consensus around the priority projects they have for the design (or re-design) of their park.
  • The scheduling of regular 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 production of a conceptual park master plan that includes the list of projects desired, as well as the graphics and site plans necessary to help the community bring their dream park to reality.

Get Started

Each year, Park Pride accepts applications for Park Visioning from Friends of the Park groups to receive, at no charge, the services of Park Pride’s Visioning department.


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 or 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 feasibility, site control, or budget.

Apply - City of Atlanta

Applications for Park Visioning in 2018 are due December 1, 2017. The applications will be made available this summer.

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?

Apply - DeKalb County

Download Visioning Application 

Unincorporated DeKalb County

Applications for Park Visioning in 2017 are due Friday, July 21st, 2017. 

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?

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:

Title Document Type Description
Boone Park West VisionPlanning ReportsBoone Park West Vision Plan (2016)
Memorial Drive Greenway Park VisionPlanning ReportsMemorial Drive Greenway Conceptual Master Plan (2016)
Orme Park VisionPlanning ReportsOrme Park Conceptual Master Plan (2007)
OAC PlaygroundPlanning ReportsOutdoor Activity Center Playground Improvements Implementation Manual (2014)
OAC Park VisionPlanning ReportsOutdoor Activity Center Visioning Overview (2011)
PNA StudyPlanning ReportsProctor Creek North Avenue Watershed Basion: A Green Infrastructure Vision (2010)
Peoplestown Park VisionPlanning ReportsPeoplestown - Daniel Stanton / Four Corners Parks Visioning Overview (2006)
West Manor Park VisionPlanning ReportsWest Manor Park Visioning Overview (2007)
Washington Park VisionPlanning ReportsWashington Park Conceptual Master Plan (2007)
Vine City Park VisionPlanning ReportsVine City Park Conceptual Master Plan (2005)
Summerhill Park VisionPlanning ReportsParks of Summerhill Vision Plan Overview (2015)
Springvale Park Vision PlanPlanning ReportsSpringvale Park Visioning Overview (2010)
Spink-Collins Park VisionPlanning ReportsSpink-Collins Conceptual Master Plan (2006)
South Fork of Peachtree Creek Park VisionPlanning ReportsSouth Fork of Peachtree Creek Park Visioning Overview (2012)
South Bend Park VisionPlanning ReportsSouth Bend Park Visioning Overview (2007)
Rutledge Park VisionPlanning ReportsRutledge Park Visioning Overview (2012)
Reverend James Orange Park VisionPlanning ReportsReverend James Orange Park Visioning Overview (2012)
Mountain Way Common Park VisionPlanning ReportsMountain Way Common Visioning Project Overview (2013)
Mattie Freeland Greenspace Park VisionPlanning ReportsMattie Freeland Greenspace Visioning Project Overview (2015)
Little Nancy Creek Park VisisionPlanning ReportsLittle Nancy Creek Visioning Project Overview (2014)
Jennie Drake Park VisionPlanning ReportsJennie Drake Park Visioning Project Overview (2013)
Herbert Greene Nature Preserve Park VisionPlanning ReportsHerbert Greene Nature Preserve Visioning Project Overview (2009)
Frankie Allen Park VisionPlanning ReportsFrankie Allen Visioning Project Overview (2007)
Enota Park VisionPlanning ReportsEnota Visioning Project Overview (2006)
Emma Millican Park VisionPlanning ReportsEmma Millican Visioning Project Overview (2006)
Egan Park VisionPlanning ReportsEgan Visioning Project Overview (2007)
Eastside Parks VisionPlanning ReportsEastside Parks Visioning Project Overview (2009)
East Lake Park VisionPlanning ReportsEast Lake Visioning Project Overview (2005)
Collier Heights Park VisionPlanning ReportsCollier Heights Visioning Project Overview (2005)
Cleopas R. Johnson Park VisionPlanning ReportsCleopas R. JohnsonVisioning Project Overview (2010)
Chosewood Park VisionPlanning ReportsChosewood Visioning Project Overview (2011)
Central Park VisionPlanning ReportsCentral Visioning Project Overview (2013)
Brownwood Park VisionPlanning ReportsBrownwood Visioning Project Overview (2005)
Beecher Hampton Park VisionPlanning ReportsBeecher Hampton Visioning Project Overview (2006)
Adams Park VisionPlanning ReportsAdams Visioning Project Overview (2008)
Park Visioning ProgramPlanning ReportsLearn more about the Park Visioning Program