Gathering for the Greener Good

Parks & Greenspace Conference

Monday, March 28, 2022 | Atlanta Botanical Garden | 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Each year, Park Pride hosts the annual Parks & Greenspace Conference, the largest parks conference in the southeast, showcasing thought leaders from Atlanta and across the nation. Through education and inspiration, the conference focuses on best practices for companies and individuals who are united by a common desire to improve parks and strengthen communities.

Theme: The Parks We Need Now

As we live amid a global public health crisis, our expectations for parks and outdoor spaces have increased dramatically. No longer are parks nice-to-haves, parks are essential to our everyday quality of life. We turn to parks to exercise, to play, and to safely socialize—parks are as critical to our health and wellness as clean, safe drinking water. While we long for “normal” we have to ask, can pre-pandemic strategies keep pace with the increased demands we place on parks? 

At Park Pride’s 21st Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference, speakers will identify actions that park systems can take to meet community needs NOW:

  • park funding strategies and management protocols that meet public expectations;
  • parks that contribute to human health while creating environments resilient to global climate change;
  • parks that unite communities from within and sustainably weave neighborhoods together into richly multicultural, creative, and collaborative cities. 

Connect to the Theme

The conference program, consisting of tours and lectures led by both local and national experts, will examine The Parks We Need Now through discussions pertaining to:

  • Equity
  • Funding
  • Safety

  • Resilience + climate change
  • Health

Who Should Attend

The Parks & Greenspace Conference offers something for everyone!

  • Parks & recreation professionals
  • Government policy makers
  • Architects & landscape architects
  • Urban planners
  • Citizens who want to build or improve a neighborhood park
  • Environmental & civil engineers
  • Real estate developers
  • Environmental lawyers
  • Anyone who loves parks!


Call for Presentations

Park Pride is accepting proposals for presentations and pre-conference tours for the 21st Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference, which will be held at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Monday, March 28, 2022.

This year’s conference will focus on the theme, “The Parks We Need Now.”



Monday, November 21, 2021 by 5:00 pm

Learn More about the Call for Presentations


Please note:

The safety of our patrons and our staff is our number one priority. As such, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result will be required of speakers and event attendees. We are also following all federal, state and local guidelines for in-person gatherings as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If, at any time, we feel we cannot create and maintain a safe in-person event or if any federal, state or local restrictions prevent us from hosting an in-person event, we will switch from an in-person event to a high-quality virtual event.



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Chad Nash
Manager of Corporate Relations & Individual Giving / 229-326-2566