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)

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!

Friends of the Park Workshop Series

In honor of its 25th Anniversary, Park Pride is hosting a series of six Friends of the Park Workshops in 2014, focused on helping FOP groups operate efficiently and effectively to complete even MORE park improvements.

These workshops are appropriate for both members of FOP groups as well as non-members who are interested in beginning a group!

Cost: $5/participant

February 28, 12pm
Coordinating Volunteer Projects Webinar

March 8th, 9-11am
Advocating for Your Park / Telling your Story
Peachtree Hills Park Recreation Center

April 11th, 12pm
Advocating for Your Park / Telling your Story

May 10th, 9-11am
Understanding the Process for Park Improvements
Zaban Recreation Center at East Lake Park

June 13th, 12-1:30pm
Understanding the Process for Park Improvements

July 12th, 9-11am
Raising Funds for your Park
Grant Park

September 27th, 9-11am
Engaging Neighbors Through Park Events
Blue Heron Nature Preserve

November 8th, 9-11am
Governance and Conflict Resolution
Brownwood Park Recreation Center