August 8, 2016 - Park Pride Awarded Great Urban Parks Campaign Grant
Park Pride and its project partners have been selected by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to receive a Great Urban Parks Campaign grant for $437,500 to lead an effort to build a new park in Atlanta’s English Avenue neighborhood. The Great Urban Parks Campaign is a collaborative initiative of NRPA and the American Planning Association (APA). . . Read more about the grant
June 20, 2016 - Park Pride Funds Upgrades in 15 Atlanta & DeKalb Parks
Park Pride has announced that 15 community groups in Atlanta and DeKalb have received grant awards to fund capital park improvements. To date, Park Pride has awarded over $4.1 million to projects that include new playgrounds, land acquisitions, bridges, improved signage, new trails and exercise equipment, and more. Read more about grant winners
June 13, 2016 - Park Pride and The Conservation Fund Announce Commitment to Building Community & Parks at 2016 Clinton Global Initiative America Meet
Park Pride, The Conservation Fund and partners announced today a “Commitment to Action” to encourage economic growth and opportunity for those living within Atlanta’s Proctor Creek Watershed at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Meeting. The neighborhoods within the Proctor Creek Watershed, including Vine City and English Avenue, have long suffered from the negative effects of combined sewer overflows, economic disinvestment, social and educational challenges, and lack of greenspace. Read more about the commitment
April 11, 2016 - Pints for Parks: Celebrating “Friends” Who Embrace the Power of Parks
Park Pride, the Atlanta-based nonprofit that engages communities to activate the power of parks, is hosting Pints for Parks, a popular annual social that attracts greenspace enthusiasts from across the region, at Orpheus Brewing on May 3rd from 6-9 pm. “Pints” will celebrate the accomplishments of Park Pride’s Friends of the Park Program and all its members who work to cultivate the numerous benefits that parks provide to their communities. Read more about Pints for Parks
April 7, 2016 - Park Pride Expands Community Gardens in Parks with Support of
Through the support of the Grow Your Park Grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Atlanta-based nonprofit Park Pride has added 20 new garden beds at three community gardens in City of Atlanta parks. Read more about Grow Your Park
May 17, 2016 - Community & Partner Organizations Celebrate Phase II Renovations
The ribbon cutting marks the completion of the park’s Phase II developments, which includes acquisition of additional properties doubling the size of the park and allowing for a range of new amenities. Vine City Park now provides an expanded playground, new exercise equipment and green infrastructure features, such as a rain garden, a dry creek bed and a micro-forest - Read more about Vine City Park phase 2
March 25, 2016 - Park Pride Honors Seven Community Leaders With The 2016 Inspiration Awards
On Monday, March 21, 2016, Park Pride announced seven recipients of the 2016 Inspiration Awards during the Parks and Greenspace Conference, Parks & Play: A Conversation for All Ages, a theme that highlighted the importance of activating parks across generations.Read more about the awards.
February 9, 2016 - Park Pride's 15th Annual Conference Highlights Parks' Role in Play for All Ages
Park Pride, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that engages communities to activate the power of parks, is hosting the 15th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Monday, March 21. The event is expected to draw 450 attendees and will offer a diverse array of local and national perspectives on the benefits of play for all ages and demographics, and will explore the relationship between parks, play and a community’s well-being under the theme, Parks & Play: A Conversation for All Ages. Read more about parks and play
August 16, 2015 - Park Pride Embraces a Bottom-Up Approach to Park Planning
The Park Visioning Program guides community groups through an eight to ten month comprehensive exercise in group discussion, collaboration and consensus building to reenvision their neighborhood parks. The success of the program hinges on robust and inclusive public engagement and results in a clear and descriptive conceptual master plan, which acts as a road map for the park’s development and as a tool for fundraising. Read more about the Park Visioning program
July 16 - Park Pride’s Celebrated Volunteer Program Invites Volunteers to Unique Park Projects
Park Pride will host three special volunteer opportunities in City of Atlanta and DeKalb County parks on Saturdays through August. These events serve as a follow-up to the organization’s successful fundraiser last month, Pints for Parks. “Pints” drew over 300 attendees and raised more than $25,000 to benefit the Volunteer Program; park supporters are now invited to engage directly with the program and get their hands dirty while improving our city’s greenspaces! Read more about these projects
June 11, 2015 - Pints for Parks: A Celebration for Park Enthusiasts
Park Pride is hosting its annual Pints for Parks fundraiser, a fun, casual event that will bring park enthusiasts together from across the region. “Pints” is expected to draw 300 attendees and will support the growth of Park Pride’s Volunteer Program, which surpassed providing 500,000 hours of volunteer service in parks and was voted “Best Volunteer Program in Atlanta” by Creative Loafing readers last year. Read more about Pints for Parks
March 24, 2015 - Park Pride Honors Eight Community Leaders with the 2015 Inspiration Awards
On Monday, March 23, 2015, Park Pride announced eight recipients of the 2015 Inspiration Awards. The 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. Read more about the awards
March 3, 2015 - Park Pride’s 14th Annual Conference Celebrates the Role of the Community in Making Great Parks
Park Pride, an Atlanta-based nonprofit working with communities to improve parks and greenspace in their neighborhoods, is hosting the 14th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Monday, March 23. The event, expected to draw 450 attendees, will explore the relationship between successful parks and the communities that sustain them under the theme, “Parks & People: A Declaration of Interdependence.” Read more about the conference
January 27, 2015 - Park Pride Awards $800,000 to 15 Community Groups in Atlanta & Dekalb
Park Pride has announced that 15 community groups in Atlanta and DeKalb will receive a combined $800,000 in matching grants to fund capital park improvements, making this the largest grant cycle in the organization’s history. To date, Park Pride has awarded over $3.6 million to projects that include new playgrounds, land acquisitions, improved signage, new trails and exercise equipment, and . . . Read more about these awards
September 16, 2014 - The Picnic For Parks Celebrates Park Pride’s 25th Anniversary
Park Pride, an Atlanta-based nonprofit working with communities to improve parks and greenspace in their neighborhoods, is commemorating its 25th Anniversary at The Picnic for Parks. The event, expected to draw 500 attendees, will recognize the corporate volunteers who have aided the organization in reaching over 500,000 service hours improving parks - Read more about the picnic
April 14, 2014 - Park Pride Announces 2014 Inspiration Award Winners
Park Pride announced ten recipients for the 2014 Inspiration Awards during the Parks and Greenspace Conference, recognizing leadership that has led to tangible results in parks and greenspaces in Atlanta. Read more about the inspiration awards
January 17, 2014 - Park Pride Commemorates 25th Anniversary with “25 Days of Service”
Park Pride has announced they will host 25 Days of Service in 2014 to commemorate the organization’s 25th Anniversary. The projects named part of the 25 Days of Service will stand apart from the multitude of volunteer projects coordinated by the nonprofit on account of their size, scope, or significance within the organization’s history. Read more about 25 Days of Service
December 11, 2013 - Park Pride Awards $625,000 for Parks in Atlanta and DeKalb
Park Pride has announced that 17 parks in the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County will receive a total of $625,000 in matching grants for park improvements. This is the largest amount Park Pride has granted to communities in a single grant cycle, exceeding last year’s total by over $75,000. To date, Park Pride has granted over $2.8 million for playgrounds, land acquisition and other capital improvements to parks. Read more about the 2013 grant awards
October 28, 2013 - Mayor, Atlanta City Council Members, Organizations Support the PARC Pledge
Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta City Council, and a number of candidates for office have announced support for the PARC Pledge, a four point pledge to improve Atlanta’s parks and park system. In addition, a broad coalition of park advocates and business leaders have committed their support to the PARC Pledge as well. Read more about the PARC Pledge and its supporters.
September 5, 2013 - Apartment Building Demolition to Make Room for Expansion of Vine City Park
On July 29th, the Vine City Park project will meet a major milestone, entering Phase II of its development with the help of Park Pride, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Invest Atlanta, and several other supporters. Read more about how this demolition will help transform the community.
August 28, 2013 - Park Pride Announces Water is Focus of 2014 Parks & Greenspace Conference
Park Pride has announced the theme for the 2014 Parks and Greenspace Conference is “Pipes to Parks: Creating Greenspaces with Rainwater.” The conference will be held at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens on March 31st, 2014. Read more about the theme and how to apply to be a presenter.
August 9, 2013 - Park Pride Announces New Executive Director
Park Pride has named Michael Halicki as the nonprofit’s new executive director. With an 18-year career in communications, public policy and nonprofit management, Halicki is an experienced leader. Read the complete press releasee about the new executive director.
March 26, 2013 - 2013 Park Pride Inspiration Award Winner Announced
At its 12th Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference on March 25th, Park Pride announced the 2013 winners of its Inspiration Awards. Read the complete press release of the winners.
December 17, 2012 - Park Pride Awards Over Half Million To 16 Atlanta Area Parks
Park Pride announced that it has awarded $550,000 in grants to 11 City of Atlanta parks and five DeKalb County parks. Read the complete press release about Park Pride's grants, including the last of all 16 grantees.
April 27, 2012 - 2012 Park Pride Inspiration Award Winner Announced
At its 11th Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference on March 26th, Park Pride announced the 2012 winners of its Inspiration Awards in the categories of community, government, organization & corporate volunteerism. read the full Inspiration Award press release
March 30, 2011 - 2011 Park Pride Inspiration Award Winner Announced
Park Pride announced the 2011 winners of its Inspiration Awards in the categories of community, government, organization & corporate volunteerism - honoring Joy Carter, Councilmember Kwanza Hall, PATH Foundation and Cox Enterprises, respectively. Read more. . .
March 21, 2011 - Margaret Gray Connelly Named Park Pride Executive Director
Park Pride, Atlanta's leading parks-focused nonprofit, has named Margaret Gray Connelly as its new Executive Director. A veteran in nonprofit management, Connelly will use her expertise in greenspace issues and program management to lead Park Pride's efforts engaging communities to improve Atlanta's parks. Prior to joining Park Pride, Connelly served as vice president for programs at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Read more...
June 29, 2010 - DeKalb County and Park Pride Announce Partnership to Benefit Community Parks
DeKalb County announced that it recently retained Park Pride, a non-profit organization, to provide volunteer coordination services and guidance to a network of “Friends of the Park” groups to raise private sector funds for park improvements. Read More...
May 24, 2010 - Park Pride Executive Director Resigns to Join City of Atlanta
Park Pride announced today the resignation of George Dusenbury, IV as its Executive Director. Dusenbury has accepted the role of Commissioner of the City of Atlanta Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and will join the City after his expected confirmation in June . . . Read More
April 22, 2010 - The Home Depot volunteers for Earth Day at Spink Collins Park
Team Depot sends 100+ volunteers to add exercise equipment and makes other improvements to Spink Collins Park in Atlanta's Riverside neighborhood... Read more
April 7, 2010 - BeltLine-Washington Park Clean-Up
On Saturday, April 10 from 9AM to Noon, volunteers will work in Washington Park and on the BeltLine segment that runs behind the historic tennis center. Volunteers from the community Friends of Washington Park group, Cox and Accenture ...Read More
March 22, 2010 - 2010 Inspiration Award Winners
Park Pride announced the 2010 winners of its inspiration awards in the categories community, government and corporate - honoring Mary Dodson, former Atlanta City Councilwoman Anne Fauver, and Spence Rosenfeld, CEO of Arborguard Tree Specialists, respectively. . . Read More
January 11, 2010 - Park Pride Seeks Nominations For Inspiration Awards
Park Pride is now seeking nominations for its 2010 Inspiration Awards. “The awards not only acknowledge a job well done, they increase the visibility of park issues regionally and inspire others to become more active . . . Read More
The nomination form can be found here.
May 29, 2009 - Blank Family Of Businesses, Park Pride Team Up For Day Of Community Service In Three Parks
Event Includes Grand Opening Ceremony forVine City Park Attended by Mayor Shirley Franklin and AtlantaFalcons Owner Arthur Blank... Staff members of the Blank Family of Businesses and Park Pride will huddle outside the Georgia Dome...Read More
March 16, 2009 - Cobb Parks Coalition, Gwinnett County and Silverman CPM Honored with Park Pride Inspiration Awards
“To honor extraordinary commitment by a person or group to the preservation and improvement of parks and greenspaces.” 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
Feb. 15, 2009 - Eight Years Later, Atlanta Still Last in Parks
Park Pride released its 2008 State of Atlanta Parks, which found that the City continues to rank at the very bottom in the percent of its land dedicated to parks... Read More
Sept. 27, 2008 - Park Pride Celebrates National Public Lands Day with UPS and Other Partners
Park Pride will celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27, by partnering with corporations and several of its community-based Friends of the Park groups to conduct volunteer work days in several Atlanta parks... Read More
Sept. 23, 2008 - Professional, Free Design Help for Your Park
Park Pride will host its 4th Annual Community Park Design Clinic on Saturday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. This year’s clinic will focus on gateways, entrances, and transitions... Read More
Aug. 29, 2008 - Groundbreaking on Park Pride-Designed Park in Vine City
On Tuesday, September 9 at 4:00 p.m. there will be an official groundbreaking for the $600,000 Phase I development of a new park in Vine City (on Magnolia street, between Graves and Walnut)... Read More
Sept. 18, 2007 - Park Pride to Unveil Atlanta's Newest Park
In an attempt to demonstrate the power of creative thinking to improve our quality of life, Park Pride will participate in The Trust for Public Land's National Park(ing) Day on Friday, September 21, in Midtown Atlanta... Read More
Sept. 18, 2007 - Starbucks Coffee and 92.9 DAVE FM Release CD of Exclusive Tracks for Atlanta Residents
Starbucks Coffee Company has partnered with Atlanta radio station 92.9 DAVE FM to release a CD of exclusive music tracks by best-selling artists, all recorded live in Atlanta at the 92.9 DAVE FM studio... Read More
Jul. 10, 2007 - City of Atlanta Candler Park Named June Park of the Month
Park Pride was pleased to name Candler Park the Park of the Month for June 2007. With approximately 55.3 acres of green space, Candler Park located at 1500 McClendon Ave... Read More
Apr. 18, 2007 - Park Pride Provides Communities $500 for their Park Improvement Projects
Communities throughout Atlanta can receive $500, for their self-initiated park and greenspace improvements, through the Community Micro Grants Program. For the fourth year, Park Pride is providing matching grants of up to $500... Read More
Park Pride is proud to announce that Phoenix II Park has been named the City of Atlanta Park of the Year... Read More
Jan. 5, 2007 - Park Pride Names Phoenix II Park 2007 "Park of the Year"
Park Pride is proud to announce that Phoenix II Park has been named the City of Atlanta Park of the Year... Read More
Jan. 2, 2007 - Park Pride Seeks Nomination for Inspiration Awards
Park Pride is now seeking nominations for its 2007 Inspiration Awards. "The awards not only acknowledge a job well done, they increase the visibility of park issues regionally and inspire others to become more active in building a world-class park system in Atlanta,"... Read More