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2015 Inspiration Awards
Park Pride's 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.
On Monday, March 23, 2015, Park Pride announced eight recipients of the 2015 Inspiration Awards during the Parks and Greenspace Conference, Parks & People: A Declaration of Interdependence, a theme that aptly focused on the strong bond that exists between a park and its community.
The winners, selected from a pool of nominees from across Park Pride’s service area in Atlanta and DeKalb County, were chosen because of their substantial contribution to the greenspace(s) in their area and the role they have played in encouraging participation and involvement in the park(s) from their fellow community members.
This year’s Inspiration Award Winners include:
- Gordon Certain, for his contributions at Blue Heron Nature Preserve, Mountain Way Common, and Little Nancy Creek Park;
- Jeff Clark, for his contribution to the Garden Hills Pool;
- Clarence Shaheed DuBois, remembered for his contributions to the Vine City Civic Association, Historic Westside Gardens, Proctor Creek Stewardship Council, Lindsay Street Park and Mims Park;
- Cooper Holland, for her contributions at Woodruff Park;
- Amy Johnson, for her contributions at Reverend James Orange Park;
- Pam McNall, for her contributions to the Friends of Tucker Parks;
- Linda Cotten Taylor, for her contributions at Chapel Hill Park;
- and Earl Williamson, for his contributions in parks and greenspaces across the Kirkwood neighborhood.
Each Inspiration Award winner received a one-of-a-kind award made with blown glass and reclaimed wood, created and donated by local artists Andrew Lovell and Mark Wentz.
Thank you, award winners, for all that you do on behalf of the greenspace of Atlanta and DeKalb County!
Park Atlanta Rescue Coalition
In 2001, a broad coalition of greenspace supporters, community leaders and environmental groups, united to advocate for Atlanta’s parks. For more than a decade now, the Parks Atlanta Rescue Coalition (PARC) has rallied support around a shared agenda of improving Atlanta’s parks and greenspace.
PARC invites you to join in the effort to enhance the quality of life, public health, environment and economy of our city by standing up for our parks and park system, signing the PARC Pledge and attending monthly PARC meetings!
Stand up for Atlanta’s parks! Sign the PARC Pledge!
A ranking of 60 U.S. cities conducted in 2014 by the Trust for Public Land placed Atlanta in the bottom half of peer cities (42nd of 60 cities) for its parks and greenspace. Factors contributing to this ranking include accessibility of parks, parks’ spending, and parks’ staffing. For example, in Atlanta parks’ spending and staffing for operations and maintenance has remained flat year over year, even as new acres of land have been added for greenspace. Additionally, more than a third of Atlantans do not live within a 10 minute walk of their nearest park!
Atlanta’s park system needs our help. That’s why PARC is here. By raising your voice and signing the PARC Pledge, Atlanta policy makers will recognize the importance of greenspace and be influenced to prioritize parks!
On the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30am, Park Pride brings together community leaders and park advocates from throughout Atlanta for education, networking and strategy. Representatives from dozens of Friends of the Park Groups, park conservancies and the parks department visit a different park to learn more about the community efforts in that park, discuss current park and greenspace issues and support each other in efforts to improve our parks and our park system.
See the full Park Pride calendar with PARC meeting dates and locations, or follow @ParkPride on Twitter for details!