What We Do
In short, Park Pride works with communities to develop and improve their parks!
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 .
More specifically, our mission is to provide programs, funding and leadership to engage communities in developing and improving parks and greenspaces. To that end, we empower grassroots efforts through:
1) Partnering with more than 70 “Friends of the Park” groups – community-based partners working to improve the greenspace in their backyard
2) Coordinating more than 15,000 hours of volunteer service with the support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers, in City of Atlanta and DeKalb County parks each year
3) Working with communities to develop conceptual plans for their parks through our Park Visioning program
4) Engaging and serving the community by focusing on advocacy efforts as well as getting people involved in our Adopt-A-Park, Community Gardens, Adopt-the-Atlanta BeltLine, Fiscal Partners and grant programs
Through our programs, advocacy efforts and community engagement we will realize our vision of great parks that reflect the unique character and meet the needs of every community.