Parks Need Your Support!

FY 2017 City of Atlanta Park Budget Update

Parks Supporters in Green shirts

In a recent meeting with City of Atlanta Commissioner of Parks & Recreation, Amy Phuong, we learned that the budget for park operations and maintenance could face a cutback, or at best, a continuation of current funding levels in 2017.

There are currently two scheduled hearings for Atlanta City Council to discuss the FY 2017 parks budget. We need YOU to join us to illustrate to City Council that there is a large constituency of Atlantans who support adequate funding for park operations and maintenance!

FY 2017 Parks Budget Hearing
Wednesday, May 4 @ 1 P.M.
Atlanta City Council Chambers
(55 Trinity Ave, Atlanta, GA 30303)
There will not be an opportunity at this meeting for public comment.

FY 2017 Public Budget Hearing
Thursday, May 12 @ 6 P.M.
Atlanta City Council Chambers
(55 Trinity Ave, Atlanta, GA 30303)
Citizens are encouraged to attend to provide comments on the proposed budget.

Please let Ayanna Williams (, Director of Community Building, know if you're able to attend either or both of these hearings. And remember - wearing a green t-shirt in support of parks speaks volumes to members of City Council!


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!