Engaging and serving the community

2014 Conference Overview

Date and Venue

Park Pride held our 13th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on March 31, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.


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Theme & Subject Matter

Pipes to Parks: Creating Greenspace with Rainwater

The 2014 Parks and Greenspace Conference will highlight existing opportunities for development, inspire cooperation from diverse partners, and influence decision-makers to creatively solve problems concerning infrastructure while producing wonderful parks and greenspaces that provide multiple benefits to communities.

Inspiration Award Winners

The Citizen Advocates and Unsung Heroes of Historic Fourth Ward (Bill Eisenhauer, Markham Smith, Jacqueline Echols, Ph.D, Judy Clements, Marie Cowser, Derek Matory, David Patton, Cedric Stallworth)
Ellen Wickersham


Presenting Sponsor
Cox Conserves

Venue Sponsor
Atlanta Botantical Garden

Gold Sponsors
The Conservation Fund
Ed Castro Landscape
The Trust for Public Land
Turner Foundation

Silver Sponsors
Astra Group
HR&A Advisors
Jones Day
Piedmont Park Conservancy
Pond and Company

APD Urban Planning Management
Arborguard Tree Specialists
Atlanta BeltLine
Central Atlanta Progress
Woodruff Park
Brown and Caldwell
Cushman & Wakefield
City of Decatur
Eberly and Associates
Elite Landscaping Services
Georgia Forestry Commission
Invest Atlanta
Jamestown Properties
Livable Buckhead Coalition
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Metropolitan Atlanta Urban Watershed Institute (MAUWI)
Olmsted Linear Park Alliance
Perkins + Will
Smith Dalia Architects
Southern Playgrounds
USA Pools
Wallace, Roberts and Tood
Whole Foods

Selected Presentations

Opening Plenary
David Waggonner

Morning Sessions
Green Infrastructure 101
Andrew Dobshinsky
Kerry Blind
David Rouse
Jesse Wiles

Addressing Coastal Resiliency in New York City
Marc Matsil

Turning Stormwater into Neighborhood Parks
Angelou C. Ezeilo
Alvaro Sanchez

Partnerships for Greening Atlanta
Margaret Tanner
Stacy Funderburke, Denise Quarles, Catherine Owens

Atlanta Urban Design and Stormwater
Richard Dagenhart

Lunch Plenary
Brad Lancaster

Afternoon Sessions
Multiple Benefits: Regional Visioning to Local Engagement
Will Allen
Karen Sands

Preserving Birmingham's Water Resources
Gus Heard-Hughes, Wendy Jackson, Dr. Mark Wilson

From Chattanooga to the Netherlands: Connecting and Enhancing Public Spaces with Green Infrastructure
Anwer Ahmed, Carol Berz, Andrew Walter, Edgar Westerhof, Peter Yakimowich

When Stakeholders Unite
Sean Hart, Chad Wright

Beauty in the Backwaters
Bob Drew, Susan Stainback, Rena Ann Stricker

Closing Plenary
Three Transformational Projects in Atlanta's Proctor Creek
Debra Edelson
Stacy Funderburke
Walt Ray