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September 2014 - Park Pride has been advocating for Atlanta’s parks for 25 years

Saporta Report by Maria Saporta

For 25 years, Park Pride has been providing a voice for the voiceless – the parks in Atlanta and DeKalb County. Parks and green space – although they are often underappreciated – contribute to a community’s quality of life, providing a respite for people to go experience a patch of nature in the city. . . Read more

July 2014 - The Imperative of Parks

Druid Hills blog

For a quarter of a century, an indispensable Atlanta organization has championed the proliferation of more

March 2012 - Parks and transit in bloom at Park Pride Conference

Atlanta Intown Paper by Han Vance

It was a bright and sunny early spring day at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Piedmont Park, the site of the 11th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference. read more

March 2012 - Sustainable Georgia: A Walk In The Park

GA Trend by Ben Young

Spring is a great time to reconnect with local parks. That’s good, because they need our help. Parks play a critical role in fighting poverty and poor health . . . read more

February 21, 2011 – Brunswick starts contest to find its largest trees

Florida Times-Union by Kevin Price

The city's four-member Park and Tree Board has developed what it hopes will be a fun way to urge residents to recognize native trees and the importance of protecting them for upcoming generations. . . . Read More

October 5, 2010 – Putting the green back into Atlanta’s parks, green space

The Atlanta Journal Constitution by Tom Salyers

Last month, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar spoke at the national meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects about an issue of importance to cities everywhere, particularly Atlanta. The issue is urban parks . . . . Read More

September 1, 2010 – Neighborhood park in Buckhead well on its way by Laura Braddick

A little more than a year ago, Little Nancy Creek Park in Buckhead looked like nothing more than an overgrown lot covered with a chaotic brush full of bamboo and privet . . . . Read More

July 30, 2010 – Green space a priority for new Park Pride chief

Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta

Park Pride, an Atlanta-based advocacy group for more green space and better-maintained parks, has hired a new executive director, Tom Salyers. . . . Read More

July 16, 2010 – Community gardens cultivate fresh food, service, friendship

Reporter Newspapers by Amanda Wolkin

Community gardens are sprouting up and spreading like ivy across Buckhead and Brookhaven.. . . . Read More

May 25, 2010 – Advocate for city’s parks now to head them

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Ernie Suggs

As the director of Park Pride, George Dusenbury has spent the past six years advocating and raising money for Atlanta’s parks. Now, he will get to see how things are on the other side. . . . Read More

May 25, 2010 – Park Pride’s Dusenbury named Atlanta parks commissioner

Atlanta Magazine by Kenneth R. Wilson

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced Monday the appointment of George Dusenbury to lead the City's Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs. . . . Read More

May 24, 2010 – Atlanta parks chief named

Atlanta Business Chronicle by Dave Williams

The city of Atlanta is turning to a nonprofit executive with expertise in raising corporate contributions for local parks to become the city’s next parks commissioner. . . . Read More

January 29, 2010 – Interview

Business Hour with Ron Comacho

Host Ron Comacho interviews Kelly Caffarelli (with The Home Depot Foundation) and Abigail Paine and Allison Barnett (with Park Pride) and activities in the Atlanta area. . . . Listen to Program

November 22, 2009 - Neighborhoods plant pride in garden

The Atlanta Journal Constitution by HM Cauley

Next summer, Boyd Johnson won't be trekking to the grocery store or farmers market to find home -grown tomatoes.... Read More

March 26, 2009 - City Parks Department accredited

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Eric Stirgus

An Atlanta city department derided by some civic activists as “dysfunctional” only a few years ago celebrated a major accolade Wednesday. Eight years after Atlanta was named among the nation’s worst cities for parks, a report released today says the city is still park-poor . . . But city officials acknowledge there is work to be done. Atlanta is last among 25 big cities in terms of the proportion of land dedicated to parks, according to Park Pride. . . . . Read More

March 20-26, 2009 - City may finally be catching the green wave

Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta

. . . Chicago architect Doug Farr, who has become an advocate for the “greening of urban design” was speaking to a group of Atlanta leaders brought together by Park Pride and the Livable Communities Coalition . . . . Read More

March 23, 2009 - Gwinnett County honored with Park Pride Inspiration Award

“To honor extraordinary commitment by a person or group to the preservation and improvement of parks and greenspaces.”
The Weekly: Your Neighborhood Newspaper

Park Pride announced the 2009 winners of its inspiration awards in the categories community, government and corporate – honoring the Cobb Parks Coalition, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, and Silverman Construction Program Management, respectively… Read More 

March 11, 2009 – Greenspace could go up

Northside Neighbor by Cathy Johnson

What could city planners do when they run out of land for additional parks and greenspace? . . . Read More

Feb. 17, 2009 - Report faults Atlanta for lack of park space

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Stacy Shelton

Eight years after Atlanta was named among the nation’s worst cities for parks, a report released today says the city is still park-poor . . . . Read More

Feb. 17, 2009 - Vine City residents help produce a park amid struggling area

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Stacy Shelton

Atlanta’s next city park is taking shape blocks from the Georgia Dome . . . . Read More

Feb. 15, 2009 - Atlanta Parkland shows little growth

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On Tuesday, the advocacy group Park Pride will release a State of Atlanta’s Parks report that takes a look at what has happened since a 2001 national study ranked Atlanta near the bottom . . . . Read More

Winter 2008 - Orme Park: Master Plan Takes Shape

The Virginia-Highland VOICE by Jack White

The two-year conceptual design process for Orme Park’s Master Plan has ended . . . . Read More

Oct. 27, 2008 - ‘Wicked’ cast nice to help Park Pride

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Richard L. Eldredge

Before the cast of “Wicked” turned the Fox Theatre green twice Sunday during two performances, they used their green thumbs to spruce up Renaissance Park in central Atlanta . . . . Read More

October 2008 - Park Design Kickoff Session for Our New Park

North Buckhead Newsletter by Mandy LeCompte

On September 23, the new Friends of Little Nancy Creek Park group held its first public planning session . . . . Read More

Sept. 27, 2008 - Parks group honored for green efforts

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Cobb Parks Coalition received a $7,500 grant Thursday from Park Pride, the Atlanta non-profit that works to preserve green space . . . . Read More

August 2008 - Lake Claire votes for park expansion

The Lake Claire Clarion by Dan White

On July 17 Lake Claire Neighbors voted unanimously at its monthly meeting to pledge $5000 to match Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong’s $5000 allocation towards the acquisition of land . . . . Read More

August 2008 - Park Pride: Building awareness about greenspace

Turf Magazine—South Edition by Don Dale

There’s a grassroots group in Atlanta, Ga., that has done more for city parks than irrigation has . . . . Read More

July/Aug 2008 - Help bring a better park system to your neighborhood

THE ELEMENTAL O.N.E. by Matthew Hutchinson

Even if you’re lucky enough to live close to a city park in Atlanta, there’s a good chance that at some point, you’ve packed up your car and driven a few miles to go to a different park . . . . Read More

July 29, 2008 - For Beltline, ‘good enough’ isn’t

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by George Dusenbury

When it comes to the public realm, Atlanta has too long settled for good enough . . . . Read More


July 2008 New Peachtree-Dunwoody Park Wins Grant

North Buckhead Newsletter

In February, we applied to Park Pride (the non-profit organization which works closely with the City’s Parks Department) for a “visioning grant” to help us plan the development of our new Peachtree-Dunwoody Road park. . . . Read More

June 2008 - 2008-2009 Proposed City Budget: Cut $3.6 Million form Parks & Rec.

The Messenger – News for Candler Park by Jo Jo Ross

This past month I attended the city budget hearing with Park Pride . . . . Read More

April 2008 - Recent awards recognize police, parks, events

Suwanee Crossroads

If the first quarter is any indication, 2008 is going to be a very good year for the City of Suwanee . . . . Read More

March 2008 - Park Status: Little Nancy Creek Park

North Buckhead Newsletter by Gordon Certain

Much has happened regarding our new park on Peachtree Dunwoody Road, though you can’t tell it by taking a look as you drive by the site . . . . Read More

Feb. 26, 2008 - Group signs on to help save old pecan tree

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Richard L. Eldredge

A grass-roots effort to preserve an Atlanta pecan tree got a shot in the arm – or trunk – Monday . . . . Read More

Feb. 24, 2008 - LETTERS - Beltline has legions of believers

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by George Dusenbury

Ray Weeks is right that the Beltline continues to move forward with tremendous momentum and some already-significant achievements . . . . Read More

Fall 2007 - Orme Park Moves Forward with Master Plan

The Virginia-Highland VOICE by Jack White

The Orme Park Committee spent late spring and summer going through a public master planning effort led by Park Pride, whose grant award to the park last year initiated the process . . . . Read More

August 2007 - Men in the City: George Dusenbury

Atlanta InTown—Green Edition

George Dusenbury, 41, never drove to work until moving to Atlanta, and just bought his first car last year… Read More

Sept. 28, 2007 - Partying for parks

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution by Jennifer Brett

“Back to the Garden: Getting From Shadow to Joy,” has been released in audiobook form . . . . Read More


May 2007 - Green with Pride: Park Pride encourages Atlantans to keep community spaces green

Atlanta Home Improvement by Ashley M. Wilborn

With more people buying condos in the city and homes being built with smaller yards, parks and greenspaces are becoming more coveted than ever before . . . . Read More

May 23, 2007 - Closing state parks shortsighted move

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by George Dusenbury

In January, the Bush administration submitted to Congress a budget that would increase national parks funding by $208 million, which would be among the largest increases in the history of the National Parks Service . . . . Read More

April 2007 - Five Questions—a snapshot of questions for leaders in the Clifton community

Clifton Community Partnership Update

CCP: How did Park Pride become involved with the new park in Druid Hills?... Read More

April 2007 - Burbanck Park Dedication

Clifton Community Partnership Update

Did you know that according to the National Recreation and Park Association, only four percent of Atlanta’s acreage is parkland?... Read More