Month: February 2014

March 3rd Will Be Known As “Parks Day”

Hear ye, hear ye!

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In honor of Park Pride’s 25th Anniversary, March 3rd will be proclaimed “Parks Day” at Atlanta City Hall! Kwanza Hall, District 2 Councilman, has been a great supporter of both parks and Park Pride and will issue this proclamation at the City Council meeting.

A joint proclamation will be issued by Alex Wan, Councilman for District 6, in honor of the Piedmont Park Conservancy, also celebrating their 25th year.

Join us for this special day at City Hall!


Date: March 3, 2014

Location: Atlanta City Hall

Time: The proclamation will take place sometime between 1pm-2:30pm at the beginning of the City Council Meeting.

If Park Pride has ever touched your neighborhood park or impacted your community greenspace in a positive way, wear your green shirts and join us to proclaim March 3rd as “Parks Day”!

You’re Invited to The Solarium

It’s 2014 and Park Pride is celebrating 25 years in the business of “more & better parks”! We’d like to invite you to celebrate with us.

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A casual mixer with music, appetizers and non-alcoholic refreshments. Come mingle with Park Pride staff, board and supporters, relive highlights from the last 25 years, and take a look to the future with upcoming parks and greenspace projects!


Thursday, March 6th, 6:30-8:30pm


The Solarium 

How much?

There is no charge to attend this kick-off event!

Where do I sign up?

We’re thrilled that you’ll be there! Just shoot us an RSVP here to confirm.

PS – Before coming to the kick-off celebration, join us on our green infrastructure tour of the Wylde Center’s Sugar Creek Garden. Sign up here.

Reverend James Orange Park Revitalization

The Reverend James Orange Park is located in the Oakland City neighborhood of southwest Atlanta.

In the summer of 2012, Park Pride’s Visioning Team  (Walt Ray and Becky Katz) lead the community through a re-design of Reverend James Orange Park and helped them create a Visioning Plan. One major concern the community had was the long abandoned pool and bathhouse…

Rev James Orange Park Demo 005 2rev orange 1 webThe community, empowered by the process of collaboration, applied to and was awarded a $100,000 Park Pride Legacy Grant in the Fall of 2012 to demolish the abandon pool and build a new playground. This grant inspired the City of Atlanta Parks Department and Mayor’s office to fulfill another piece of the vision plan; a new pool and bathhouse!

Rev James Orange Park Demo 002 2On February 6th, 2014, community members along with Park Pride staff, City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation staff, District 4 Councilwoman, Cleta Winslow, and Mayor Kasim Reed gathered at Reverend James Orange Park to witness the demolition of the old pool and bathhouse. Jamida Orange, the late Reverend James Orange’s daughter, was on-site and discussed the positive impact this park’s revitalization will have on the health of the community.

Rev James Orange Park Demo 011 2Then… they tore it all down!

Rev James Orange Park Demo 020 2The City of Atlanta expects the building of the new pool, bathhouse, and splash pad will be complete in 2015. Additional amenities to follow include a new pavilion, plaza, lighting, and stormwater management system. Below, Michael Halicki, Executive Director of Park Pride, Jamida Orange, and Becky Katz, Visioning Coordinator for Park Pride, are nothing but smiles!

Rev James Orange Park Demo 026 2We’ll keep you posted on the progress of events at Reverend James Orange Park!