Month: December 2013

13th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference

4673 PP FB event image3Registration for “Pipes to Parks: Creating Greenspace with Rainwater” is OPEN! Early bird pricing ends January 15th, so make your move quickly to claim your spot! REGISTER TODAY

What: The 13th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference, “Pipes to Parks: Creating Greenspaces with Rainwater”

When: Monday, March 31st 2014 – all day

Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden


Green Infrastructure: Sustainable and natural management techniques that harvest, treat and utilize rainwater 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 projects that leverage green infrastructure techniques to build innovative parks and greenspaces.

“Pipes to Parks” will highlight existing opportunities for green infrastructure development, inspire cooperation from diverse partners, and influence decision-makers to creatively solve rainwater runoff  concerns while producing wonderful parks!

Featured Keynote speakers include:


David Waggonner, Principal, Waggonner & Ball Architects





Kellie Rotunno, Director of Engineering and Construction, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District





Brad Lancaster, 2013 Cox Conserves Hero.




This is a highly relevant topic for Atlanta, especially as we’re coming out of one of the wettest seasons on record! Come learn the ways we can deal with it and about the awesome projects currently underway!

Leveraging $50K from $25K – Challenge Grant update!

afthermo_21KWe’ve hit the $21,000 milestone on our quest to meet our $25,000 challenge!

This is such amazing news, and we at Park Pride are so thankful for everyone who has shown their support for improving our park system.

We’re SO CLOSE to raising all the funds necessary to fulfill the $25K Challenge Grant issued by an anonymous donor. Each donation made to Park Pride before December 31st, 2013, will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $25,000.

We have the opportunity to leverage $50,000 of park and greenspace improvements from $25,000 in community donations; your gift will have twice the impact! Park Pride will coordinate more volunteer hours, hold more Park Visioning meetings, and facilitate more Friends of the Park projects, all with your help!

No donation amount is too small – whether it’s $5, $20 or $100, it all adds up to stronger parks and stronger communities. Please donate today!

If you’ve already donated, THANK YOU! Please continue to share our work with friends and family! And we’ll keep you posted on our Challenge Grant progress 🙂

UPDATE: $25K Challenge Grant

Challenge Grant ThermometerThank you for your contributions to Park Pride!

Since announcing the $25,000 Challenge Grant last week, you’ve generously donated $5,000 to support parks and greenspaces in Atlanta and DeKalb!

Slowly and steadily, we’re working towards our goal. Please help us continue to make progress by spreading the word to family and friends.

Remember that donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $25,000. That means your gift will have twice the impact on parks and greenspaces, contributing to more volunteer park clean-ups, more community gardens, and more park visioning renderings. Please DONATE today!

We appreciate your support, and happy #GivingTuesday 🙂

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