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 2018 has passed.
Please check back in 2018 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 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

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

Apply - DeKalb County

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

APPLY

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

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