Month: August 2013

Know Something about Green Infrastructure?

Great! Because we’re looking for someone just like you to present at the

13th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference

Pipes to Parks: Creating Greenspace with Rainwater

When: March 31, 2014

Where: The Atlanta Botanical Garden

What’s this all about?

Green Infrastructure: Sustainable and natural management techniques that harvest, treat and utilize rain runoff in greenspaces such as parks, bio-swales, constructed wetlands and rooftop gardens, diverting water away from and reducing a need for traditional “gray” infrastructure (i.e. sewers and drainage pipes).

All over the country, communities and municipalities are implementing ground-breaking projects that leverage rainwater runoff and green infrastructure techniques to build innovative parks and greenspaces. In addition to improving water quality, these new greenspaces can catalyze redevelopment, mitigate storm water flooding, provide off-road transportation corridors, transform neighborhoods, and often provide community amenities where none existed previously.

Who: Currently, we’re calling for proposals for keynotes, breakout sessions, and tours! Interested? Fantastic. Also, general registration will open in November, 2013.

Check out all the info for proposal submissions HERE.

Proposal deadlines (9/12 for keynote and tour proposals; 11/1 for breakout session speaker proposals) are FIRM – please submit all the required materials on time to be considered!

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Now Presenting: Michael Halicki as New Executive Director!

We  just can’t contain our excitement that Michael Halicki will join Park Pride as the head of the team on August 26th!

Michael enjoying a picnic in Centennial Park with his family!

We know he’s the man for the job. First of all, he loves parks! Among his favorite activities include jogging with his dog in Grant Park, taking his kids to the park playground and pool, and picnicking (as evidence in the above picture of him and his family enjoying a wonderful afternoon in Centennial Park)!

But not only is he big on parks, but Michael also comes with an impressive 18 year career in communications, public policy and nonprofit management; he’s an experienced leader in Georgia’s nonprofit environmental community and will use his expertise to lead the Park Pride team to improve parks in Atlanta and DeKalb County.

For the last 3 years, Michael has served as the COO of Southface, another Atlanta-based nonprofit supporting green building and sustainable design, leading their strategic planning efforts and establishing organizational policies that directly contributed to the nonprofit’s growth. He’s also held senior leadership roles for two well-known Georgia-based environmental nonprofits, The Clean Air Campaign and the Georgia Conservancy.

IMG_5221We’re so lucky to have him!

And Michael’s first official statement as Executive Director of Park Pride? “Working together, we will give new meaning to Park Pride’s call for more and better parks.”


The Story of Vine City Park

This Park Pride success story is a long time in the making, which makes it that much sweeter! We have to go back to 2005 where this story begins . . .

2005: The Vine City community approached Park Pride to help revitalize the two acre plot of land that was overrun by kudzu and occupied by several abandoned houses.

Vine City before Continue reading


Hi there park supporters!

Park Pride now has a blog, keeping you up to date on all things great regarding parks and Park Pride initiatives in Atlanta 🙂

Park Pride is the only nonprofit organization working with communities all over our fine city, helping them build and improve their parks!

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We’re looking forward to sharing the journey of greening Atlanta with y’all!

~ Team Park Pride