Month: May 2014

Eight Ways Parks Improve Your Health

This video also works with the title “Eight Reasons to Support an Increased Budget for Parks!”

Thank you, Trust for Public Land, for summarizing some of the benefits of parks so succinctly. For more great reading on this video and the research behind it, visit the Trust for Public Land’s blog and download their booklet!

Pops in Parks

Those hot summer days are approaching, Atlanta. It’s time to prepare your offensive game to beat the heat, and Park Pride has a GREAT way to help you do it!

POPS IN PARKS

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On weekends from June to August, Park Pride and the King of Pops will show up at 25 parks throughout the City of Atlanta to hand out free (yes, FREE) pops in appreciation of our dedicated Friends of the Park groups!

Once the parks have been selected, a complete list of dates, times and locations will be posted on Park Pride’s website!

Bring on the heat 🙂

Community Garden Tour Route Revealed!

We’re ready to announce the route for this year’s Community Garden Tour! Hold onto your hats!!

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Starting Point –Elliot Street Deli & Pub

We’ll meet here to kick-off the ride in conjunction with the Atlanta Cycling Festival at 2pm on Saturday, June 7!

Stop 1 – 5th Kingdom

According to their website 5th Kingdom is “passionate about producing the finest quality, freshest, best tasting, and most nutritious mushrooms available in Atlanta.” Mushrooms – something completely different that we haven’t yet explored on a past Community Garden Tour. We’re pumped to take you to this self-declared “unconventional farm”!

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Stop 2 – Good Shepherd Agro Ecology Center

The Agro Ecology Center is a prototype to improve community food access, educate community on local flora, and establish a neighborhood fruit orchard. Check out their photos on Facebook – give them a “Like” while you’re there!

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Stop 3 – The Outdoor Activity Center

This 26-acre urban nature preserve includes about 2.0 miles of trails, as well as a team-building ropes course and a children’s nature themed playground. Adjacent to the facility is the community-run vegetable garden. Just look at the size of that bean!

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Quick Look – Westview Community Garden

In 2014, this garden received a seed donation from the Herman’s Garden program at Seed Savers Exchange. The donation will allow the garden to grow an extensive variety of crops for the community and start a seed saving program that will provide for future years. Read more about the garden on the Westview Community website and see some pictures on their Facebook page!

 

End at Elliot Street Deli & Pub.

Have a drink. Rest your legs 🙂

 

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2014 Community Garden Tour

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Join us to get inspired by what’s growing in Atlanta and to network with local garden enthusiasts! Whether you are an experienced or novice gardener, or want to learn more about community gardens in Atlanta, this tour will provide plenty of insight and firsthand knowledge.

The Details

Date: Saturday, June 7

Time: 2-6pm

Location: Elliot Street Deli & Pub

You can choose to travel by bus or by bicycle to visit four inspiring community gardens in Southwest Atlanta. Members of each garden will be on site to provide an overview of their garden and to answer your questions.

Bike Tour: $10

Bus Tour: $25

We’ll be announcing the route and the gardens we’ll be visiting shortly – we’ve added a new twist into the mix this year, so hold onto your hats (and helmets)!

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Atlanta Cycling Festival

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We’re so happy to announce that Park Pride’s Community Garden Tour is part of the Atlanta Cycling Festival. Our tour will end where it began at Elliot St Deli & Pub at 6pm, at the opening reception of the festival.

Come fall in love with our growing community, cycling and our city.

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McDaniel Branch Stormwater Restoration Tour

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Next Saturday, join Park Pride on a tour highlighting the green infrastructure of the McDaniel Branch stormwater project. Designed to mitigate the impacts of stormwater runoff in Atlanta’s in-town neighborhoods, the constructed wetlands central to this project mimic natural systems for managing stormwater.

An added benefit of this project has been the re-visioning of the adjacent Arthur Langford Park!

 

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Agenda

The tour is going to be PACKED full of information:

Kevin Burke, Senior Landscape Architect at Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. will unpack the Arthur Langford Park renovation, discussing the park’s background and moving into the park design.

Susan Rutherford and Seham Abdulahad of City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management will walk us through the background of the McDaniel Branch restoration project and how it’s worked to mitigate the area’s stormwater runoff.

Andrew Walker, also of the Department of Watershed Management, will explore the technical intricacies of the stream’s and pond’s response to the restoration.

LOTS of expertise on the subject matter – an opportunity you will not want to miss!