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May 19, 2016 - Spruced-Up Vine City Park Ribbon-Cutting is Tomorrow

of recent successes, a new and improved Vine City Park will be unveiled tomorrow. Thanks to the combined efforts of Park Pride, Invest Atlanta, the Arthur Blank Foundation, and neighborhood volunteers, the latest phase takes the transformation of the park a major step forward
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April 19. 2016 - How you can help parks in Atlanta and DeKalb just by drinking beer!

Sometimes, we all have to make sacrifices for nature.
Case in point: “Pints for Parks,” the upcoming event for Park Pride.
This growingly popular “annual social for greenspace enthusiasts” it will take place from 6 - 9 p.m. on May 3 at Orpheus Brewing in Midtown. Read more about Pints

April 18, 2016 - Celebrating A Culture of Collaboration & Earth Month

Every spring, I am reminded of what a wonderful city Atlanta is. Not just because we’re the “city in the trees” and the redbuds, dogwoods and magnolias add color and flair to our everyday lives. Atlanta is an amazing city because of its culture of partnerships and collaboration for the sake of doing good. Read more in People, Places and Parks

October 26, 2015 - Opening of Lindsay Street Park signals new day for English Avenue and Westside

Saporta Report

Although “Mother” Mamie Moore didn’t have a speaking role at the ribbon-cutting of Lindsay Street Park on Oct. 21, she was a spiritual force behind the community’s stake in its future. Read more at the SaportaReport

October 22, 2015 - New Lindsay Street Park a preview of Westside's future, say fans

Creative Loafing

"We're only going to do more and more and more. And mark my words. Our reclamation of Proctor Creek is going to be one of the most significant things to happen in the life of the City of Atlanta," he told nearly a hundred city notables and English Avenue neighbors at of the official opening of the park, the neighborhood's first greenspace. Read more about Lindsay Street Park

October 21, 2015 - Reed: English Avenue park sign of more to come in Atlanta's Westside


City leaders are hailing a park in English Avenue — the community’s first — as a sign of what’s to come in broader efforts to revitalize Atlanta’s Westside. Read more at the AJC

September 28, 2015 - People, Places, Parks


On September 26th, Park Pride joined DeKalb County, the YMCA and Graced Place, in commemorating “National Public Lands Day” and “Let’s Move – Outside!” at Wade Walker Park Read more at the SaportaReport

September 7, 2015 - Doing Good: Volunteers clean up local park and wildlife sanctuary

AJC by Devika Rao

A hidden gem in DeKalb County received some TLC on Aug. 22 when 40 volunteers from private, nonprofit and governmental groups came together for a large clean up effort at Constitution Lakes, a 200-acre scenic wetlands park in Southeast Atlanta that provides a habitat and nesting area for birds and wildlife. Read more about the park cleanup

July 31, 2015 - Dig in: Volunteers get hands-on chance to help local parks

AJC by Jill Vejnoska

When Park Pride staged its annual “Pints for Parks” fundraiser in June, the goal was to bring in $15,000 for its volunteer program that encourages hands-on love of green spaces all over Atlanta and DeKalb. But the response was so unexpectedly overwhelming — more than 300 attendees opened their proverbial pocketbooks to the tune of $25,000 that night at Orpheus Brewery, nestled beside Piedmont Park — it, uh, planted a seed for a follow-up event. “We said, ‘Let’s give these individuals a time and place to get out in parks and get their hands dirty.’” Read more about volunteer days


July 8, 2015 - Park Restored, Pool Opened in Southwest Atlanta

11 alive by Christopher B. Buchanan and Samantha Mohr

As the weather heats up, there is a new place to cool down in southwest Atlanta. A brand new pool officially opened in the Rev. James Orange Park on Wednesday. Read more about the pool opening

March 24, 2015 - Parks can ignite growth in cities

Saporta Report by Maria Saporta

Transit-oriented development now is becoming as common as highway-oriented development. The interdependent relationship between transportation and development has been undeniable. But what about park-oriented development? Cities are now beginning to discover the economic ripples that come to communities when there are thriving parks close by. Read more about city growth

March 23, 2015 - As more people move to the City of Atlanta, having quality parks is key

Saporta Report by Saba Long

In route to a plenary session at Park Pride’s annual conference, I passed a small, Midtown residential building located a short walk from Piedmont Park with units starting at $750,000 – a pretty penny for a townhome. It seemed an appropriate sighting as I headed to a plenary session: Just Green Enough: Contesting Environmental Gentrification. The focus was on the natural challenges of sustainable, equitable development. Read more about quality parks

March 2015 - Atlanta considers proposals to monetize public spaces

Arts ATL website by Jenny Jarvie

The decision to team up with private companies to monetize public space is motivated chiefly by the city’s financial struggles — in particular, its $900 million infrastructure backlog. Through ads, city officials hope to generate at least $5 million in new revenue each year. - Read more about the proposals

February 2, 2015 - $800,000 in grants to local parks

Saporta Report by Maria Saporta

“Great parks aren’t created in a vacuum,” said Michael Halicki, executive director of Park Pride. “Strong communities build great parks, and we see clear examples of this in our 2014 grant recipients.”

Read more about the grant recipients

October 2014 - The Community and Park Visioning


Becky Katz, Park Pride's Visioning Coordinator, talks to WBS's People 2 People regarding the role the Park Visioning Program plays in helping communities assess and voice the needs of their parks.

Watch the video.

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