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Atlanta considers proposals to monetize public spaces

The decision to team up with private companies to monetize public space is motivated chiefly by the city’s financial struggles — in particular, its $900 million infrastructure backlog. Through ads, city officials hope to generate at least $5 million in new revenue each year. - Read more about the proposals

2015 Inspiration Award Winners

On Monday, March 23, 2015, Park Pride announced eight recipients of the 2015 Inspiration Awards. The Inspiration Awards annually honor leaders who inspire others to expand and improve public parks and greenspaces and work to raise awareness about critical, relevant issues. Read more about the awards

Parks can ignite growth in cities

Transit-oriented development now is becoming as common as highway-oriented development. The interdependent relationship between transportation and development has been undeniable. But what about park-oriented development? Cities are now beginning to discover the economic ripples that come to communities when there are thriving parks close by. Read more about city growth

As more people move to the City of Atlanta, having quality parks is key

In route to a plenary session at Park Pride’s annual conference, I passed a small, Midtown residential building located a short walk from Piedmont Park with units starting at $750,000 – a pretty penny for a townhome. It seemed an appropriate sighting as I headed to a plenary session: Just Green Enough: Contesting Environmental Gentrification. The focus was on the natural challenges of sustainable, equitable development. Read more about quality parks

14th Annual Conference

The conference, expected to draw 450 attendees, will explore the relationship between successful parks and the communities that sustain them under the theme, “Parks & People: A Declaration of Interdependence.” Read more about the conference

$800,000 in grants to local parks

“Great parks aren’t created in a vacuum,” said Michael Halicki, executive director of Park Pride. “Strong communities build great parks, and we see clear examples of this in our 2014 grant recipients.”

Read more about the grant recipients

The Community and Park Visioning

Becky Katz, Park Pride's Visioning Coordinator, talks to WBS's People 2 People regarding the role the Park Visioning Program plays in helping communities assess and voice the needs of their parks.

Watch the video.

Advocating for Atlanta’s Parks

For 25 years, Park Pride has been providing a voice for the voiceless – the parks in Atlanta and DeKalb County. . . . Read more

Community Corner

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Park Pride's Community Garden Tour

Garden tour

Saturday, May 30
1-5pm

Be inspired by what’s growing in Atlanta and DeKalb with local garden enthusiasts at Park Pride’s Community Garden Tour! You don’t have to be an experienced gardener to enjoy this event; if you want to learn more about community gardens in Atlanta and DeKalb, this tour will provide plenty of insight and inspiration.

Bike the tour: $10
Ride the bus: $25

Register today

Friends of the Park Event: Walk & Talk Social

South Bend Park

Sunday, May 31
2-4pm

The Walk & Talk Social at South Bend Park, with naturalists Kathryn Kolb and Jessica Muhammad of Eco-A, is an opportunity to meet other park enthusiast and experience an urban forest with knowledgeable guides. This walk is family friendly and you do not need to be a member of a Friends of the Park group to participate.

Walk: Just $5/family

Register today!

Pints for Parks

Pints for Parks

Tuesday, June 16
6-9pm

Join park (and beer!) enthusiasts at Pints for Parks at Orpheus Brewing on Tuesday, June 16 from 6-9pm, benefiting Park Pride’s Volunteer Program. Prepare for a fun evening of tasting unique beers at Orpheus Brewing, enjoying the views of Piedmont Park from the patio, a silent auction, plus great company and networking with community members who love parks and volunteerism as much as you do.

Ticket: $30

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