Friends of the Park

Friends of the Park Groups

What is a “Friends of the Park Group” (FOP)?

A Friends of the Park Group is formed as a first step in creating positive long lasting change in a public park. While friends of the parks group can be different in terms of size, scope of work and influence, all FOP groups form with the purpose of improving a park or greenspace.

“Friends of the Park” Groups have the following characteristics:

  • a group
  • of park users (often neighbors and community leaders)
  • actively working
  • to improve one or more parks
  • in a define geographic area (typically a neighborhood)

Benefits of Becoming a Friends of the Park Group
Officially forming a Friends of the Park group will have many intangible benefits, such as giving neighbors an opportunity to meet and interact and creating a single unified voice for the park. However, there are also many tangible benefits that a Friends group can take advantage of once registered with Park Pride including access to:

Becoming a member of an existing “Friends” group or starting your own “Friends” group is a great first step to improving your neighborhood park!

To find out if there is an FOP group in your neighborhood park, contact Ayanna Williams at or 404-546-7963.

LEARN how to create your own Friends of the Park Group!