Putting Parks First

Park Advocacy

Great parks provide immeasurable benefits to a community, positively impacting nearly effort facet of a neighborhood. Park Pride provides a voice for parks on behalf of the communities they serve, working to ensure that greenspace initiatives are adequately funded and remain a priority of elected officials.

Our Platform

Preserve

Conserve Atlanta’s greenspaces, the native habitats within them, and the ecological networks they comprise.

Maintain

Grow the City’s capacity to maintain its existing inventory of public parks, greenspaces and trails (including the Atlanta BeltLine).

Build

Sustainably and equitably improve and expand Atlanta’s network of public parks, greenspaces and trails.

 

Our Current Advocacy Initiatives

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Increased Funding for Parks

Park Pride advocates for increased funding for park operations and maintenance in the City of Atlanta. In May of each budget cycle, we call on our most passionate park advocates to join us at City of Atlanta Council meetings to show support for an increased budget. Check Park Pride’s calendar for the dates/times/locations of budget hearings at Atlanta City Hall and other advocacy initiatives.

Greenspace Planing Initiatives

Park Pride supports the development of a greenspace plan for parks that prioritizes connectivity. Current planning efforts we currently engage in include the Citywide Design Project, the Westside Future Fund’s Plan Westside initiative, and the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation’s comprehensive park planning effort, ActivateATL.

Friends of the Park

Park Pride encourages residents to become a voice for their own parks by joining or starting a Friends of the Park group. Friends groups and members are also invited to monthly Park Meetings where  community leaders and park advocates from throughout Atlanta for education, networking and strategy.