Month: October 2013

2013 Park Workers’ Picnic

Each year, Park Pride collaborates with several Atlanta park conservancies to host a picnic for The City of Atlanta’s park workers, giving them them a hearty “Thank you!” (as well as a hearty meal) at the Park Worker’s Picnic!

This year, the picnic was held at Mozely Park on October 18th. Hundreds of park workers descended on the park to enjoy some southern food and a job well done for our park system.

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From dropping countless loads of wood chips at parks to supporting last minute requests and approvals, [parks] would be lost without you. Y’all are quick to jump in and help out without complaint or missing a beat, and are true stewards of our parks. You do a tremendous job keeping up with a heavy workload, and we are all thankful for it!

Title of “Park of the Year” was also awarded to 2 parks (one large, one small) based on the level of excellence displayed by the park’s crew. This year’s recipients are:

Small Park:

3rd place: Four Corners Park

2nd place: Sara Gonzelez

1st place: Muse Street Segment of The Atlanta Beltline

Large Park:

3rd place: Grove Park

2nd place: West Manor Park

1st place: Frankie Allen Park

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Members of the Frankie Allen Park crew receiving their “Park of the Year Award” with Michael Halicki (Executive Director of Park Pride), George Dusenbury (City of Atlanta, Commissioner of Parks and Recreation) and Doug Voss (City of Atlanta, Director of Parks).

Congratulations to the winning park crews! And again, THANK YOU for keeping Atlanta’s parks beautiful!

Also a MASSIVE shout-out to our partners that made this event possible! Grant Park Conservancy, Chastain Park Conservancy, Historic 4th Ward Park Conservancy, South Fork Conservancy, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Olmstead Linear Park Alliance, Piedmont Park Conservancy, Freedom Park Conservancy, and Oakland Cemetery.

Check out Park Pride’s Facebook page for more photos from the event!