Parks Need Your Support!

FY 2016 Parks Budget
$1.3 Million Budget Increase for Parks Approved by Atlanta City Council

Parks Supporters in Green shirts

Over 30 park advocates in green shirts turned out in Council Chambers to show support for a budget amendment that (in the 11th hour!) added $500,000 to the previously proposed increase of $800,000 for parks. Our solidarity spoke volumes and Council heard our message - that Atlantans deserve well-maintained parks - loud and clear.

We extend our thanks to Mayor Reed, the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, Amy Phuong, and members of City Council for supporting our belief that healthy, well-maintained parks are vital to the health and well-being of the communities around them. We also recognize the park advocates who showed up to give a voice to parks - thank you for playing a role in this victory for all citizens of Atlanta!


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!