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 that can be used as a blueprint to guide the park’s development or redevelopment.

 

Program Benefits

As a participant in the Park Visioning Program, your Friends of the Park group will enjoy the benefits of:

A More Unified Community

The Park Visioning Program is about more than just creating a master plan for a neighborhood park. Park visioning involves education and dialogue with the whole communitymaking it possible for the community to present a unified voice in the planning of their park. This is an opportunity for neighbors to come together and build consensus around a park master plan that meets the unique needs of the community.

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

Additionally, 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.

Professional Landscape Design Services

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. The central deliverable of the Park Visioning Program is the creation of a conceptual park master plan.

Implementation Support

The conceptual master plan and the documentation of the park visioning process is a proven tool for raising funds to implement specific capital improvement park projects identified by the community. Additionally, educational workshops through the Friends of the Park Program and funding opportunities through Park Pride’s Grant Programs help to raise the capacity and funds needed to bring these park plans to life.

 

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, each community undergoing park visioning can expect:

Monthly Meetings

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.

Public Input Meetings

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.

A Final Conceptual Park Master Plan

The central deliverable of the Park Visioning Program is the creation 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

Park Pride is not currently accepting applications for Park Visioning
in the City of Atlanta.

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?

APPLY

Park Pride is not currently accepting applications for Park Visioning
in the City of Atlanta.

 

Apply - DeKalb County

Park Pride is not currently accepting applications for Park Visioning
in DeKalb County.

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?

APPLY

Park Pride is not currently accepting applications for Park Visioning
in DeKalb County.

 

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: