What We Do
In short, Park Pride works with communities to develop and improve their parks! Over the past year (2013), Park Pride activities included:
1) Funding $625,000 in park improvements in City of Atlanta and DeKalb County parks (funding provided by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Home Depot Foundation and Cecil B. Day Foundation)
2) Partnering with more than 87 “Friends of the Park” groups – community-based partners working to improve the greenspace in their backyard
3) Coordinating more than 17,000 hours of volunteer service with the support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers (mostly corporate volunteer groups)
4) Advocating for parks through the PARC Pledge that was signed by each and every member of Atlanta City Council and endorsed by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, leading business groups (Central Atlanta Progress, Midtown Alliance and Buckhead CID), park conservancies and environmental organizations.
5) Getting people involved in the Atlanta BeltLine (Adopt-the-Beltline program), community gardens in parks (funded through Kaiser-Permanente), park visioning and our fiscal partners programs.
One of the largest successes of 2013 was managing the demolition of a large apartment building that stood over a newly built playground in Vine City Park that Park Pride helped to "Vision" years earlier. See the video below and refer to our blog to see the complete story of Vine City Park, a story that is still playing out to this day!
In 2007, the Vine City Park playground was built with the help of Park Pride after the neighborhood took advantage of its Visioning program. However, a large empty apartment building continued to stand over the space – residents lobbied for four years to have the building torn down and replaced with more park! With Park Pride’s support and that of several other stakeholders and donors, the community was able to purchase the building in 2012, and Park Pride managed the permit to have the building demolished in July, 2013. Next steps? The community will undergo another series of “visioning” meetings with the Park Pride team to determine how this new greenspace will be utilized! See the complete story and timeline on our blog. A big thanks to Gnoggin Studios for producing this video .