Led by a registered landscape architect, the Park Visioning Program offers professional park design assistance to community groups free-of-charge.
Whether you need advice on next steps or assistance with long-term planning, we offer a range of design services that meet the needs of all Friends groups, whether large or small!
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Available year-round on a rolling basis, Park Pride offers design consultations to Friends of Park groups in our service area. If you want general guidance on next steps for your park improvement ideas, need help brainstorming, or want to understand how Park Pride can help, a consultation may be right for you.
Who can request a consultation?
Design consultations are available to all registered Friends of Park groups in City of Atlanta, Unincorporated DeKalb County, City of Brookhaven, and City of Tucker.
What to expect
Design consultations are one-on-one meetings with our park visioning staff that happen on-site at your park. Meetings typically last one hour. Consultations may result in a written summary of the conversation and/or rough sketches or simple maps intended to help identify next steps for a park project.
Friends of Park groups interested in receiving a design consultation can fill out the form below. Park Pride will review your application within a week of submittal.
Park Visioning Consultation Request
Each year, the park visioning team hosts a Park Design Workshop, which pairs registered Friends of the Park groups with a volunteer design professional (landscape architect or civil engineer) to get conceptual design recommendations for a focused project in your park or greenspace.
Successful applicants will meet with the designer in their park to discuss their project and ideas for how to address it. Applicants will then present their designs at the Big Park Meeting on August 14.
Past projects have included play areas, park entrances, dog parks, trails, gardens, and more! We ask you to limit your project to something small that can be built with $50,000 or less.
If you’re not sure whether your project is a good fit, go ahead and give us a call to discuss. We want you to be successful!
Who can apply?
Groups associated with parks in our service area (City of Atlanta, unincorporated DeKalb County, City of Brookhaven, and City of Tucker) are eligible to apply for design assistance.
What to expect
Park Pride will select up to five parks in our service area to work with a volunteer landscape architect or civil engineer to design a small area of a public park.
After all applications have been reviewed, Park Pride will inform applicants whether or not they have been selected and introduce them to a volunteer designer.
Applicants will then schedule a time with the volunteer designer to visit the park and discuss the project. After the park visit, the designer will draw a conceptual plan that addresses the ideas discussed during the site visit and deliver it electronically to the applicant by August 4.
The applicant will then be asked to present the design to a group of their peers on Saturday, August 14 at The Big Park Meeting.
Click the link below to begin your application to receive park design assistance through the Park Design Workshop.
Each year, Park Pride guides four communities through a public engagement process that converts that community’s ideas and dreams into a conceptual vision plan that can be used to guide community-based development of the park over a longer period.
The vision plan is a conceptual plan and comprehensive report for the entire park, produced to professional landscape design standards through a public-engagement process spanning several months. This plan can then be used by community groups to fundraise and advocate for their desired improvements in the park.
See the examples of completed plans created through the Park Visioning Program at the bottom of this page.
Who can apply?
Park vision plans are available to registered Friends of Park groups in the City of Atlanta or Unincorporated DeKalb County, and Friends groups must:
- commit to six to eight months of public planning work,
- support an open and inclusive visioning process that intentionally represents differing opinions and diverse viewpoints,
- and be open to considering all ideas regardless of popularity, site control or budget.
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 plan – The central deliverable of the Park Visioning Program is the creation of a conceptual park master plan that includes:
- an investigation of history and neighborhood context around park,
- a catalog of existing conditions in the park,
- 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,
- an itemized opinion of probable costs.