Month: May 2015

Volunteer Testimonial: Cox Enterprises

Through Park Pride’s Volunteer Program, community groups and organizations of all sizes are able to organize custom volunteer experiences in City of Atlanta or DeKalb County parks. Cox Enterprises has worked with Park Pride for nearly a decade doing just that. Park clean ups are a part of Cox Conserves, the company’s national sustainability program that encourages Cox Enterprises’ 50,000 employees and their families to engage in eco-friendly practices.

We recently chatted with Tyrene Hodge, Project Manager of Corporate Responsibility with Cox Enterprises, about Cox’s experience in working with Park Pride on large scale volunteer days.

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Cox Enterprises volunteers at Perkerson Park, April 2015

Here is what Tyrene had to say:

“We love working with Park Pride because we know that they have great relationships with the city and with the Friends of the Park groups. Leveraging those existing relationships ensure that our volunteers are doing work that is wanted by the community and necessary for the well-being of the park. In particular, I really enjoy working with John Ahern, Park Pride’s Volunteer Manager, because he is truly passionate about this work and is always friendly, responsive and resourceful. Working with John to coordinate logistics really helps make it easy for me to focus on volunteer recruitment and event promotion.


Cox volunteers installing bollards along the driveway at Rev. James Orange Park, April 2012

Park Pride staff takes the time to show me multiple potential sites for each workday and walks me through the proposed tasks while explaining why we they are needed. I appreciate the introductions to the neighborhood representatives who work tirelessly to improve their communities through their work in the park, and who often come out to participate in the Cox Enterprises workday with our volunteers.


Cox Enterprises invited community members to their campus to “rescue” plants that would have otherwise been demolished during construction, July 2010

On event day, Park Pride is the first to arrive and last to leave, providing excellent training and orientation to our volunteers and making sure we get the job done… and done right. There is never a shortage of tools or materials and detailed instructions are provided.


Cox volunteers rejuvenated the community garden at Anderson Park, April 2013

They also accommodate the many requests that sometimes come along with working with major corporations, such as filming video, providing quotes and sound bites, and accommodating groups of all sizes for projects that vary in duration.

I’m looking forward to my continued work with Park Pride!”

Thank you, Tyrene, for the kind words – it’s always a pleasure to work with Cox Enterprises volunteers!

If YOUR organization is interested in learning more about Park Pride’s Volunteer Program or would like to schedule a work day in a City of Atlanta or DeKalb County park, please reach out to Volunteer Manager, John Ahern, at We look forward to working with you!



Community Garden Tour: Southeast Atlanta Edition

Date: Saturday, May 30th  |  Time: 1 – 5pm  |  Meeting / Ending Location: Love is Love Farm

Community Garden Tour

For three years, Park Pride’s Community Garden Tour (supported by Kaiser Permanente) has shown Atlanta the edible side of our intown communities. In 2015, we are excited to gather community and urban garden enthusiasts to explore the southeast Atlanta neighborhoods of East Lake, Edgewood and Kirkwood.


Join us via bus ($25/person) or bike ($10/person) on the following route:

Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens

The tour will kick-off from Love is Love Farm ( 900 Dancing Fox Rd, Decatur, GA 30032), promptly leaving at 1pm. Don’t worry – there will be time to explore Love is Love’s garden at the end of the tour!


East Lake Community Learning Garden

This beautiful community garden in East Lake has a unique structure, not only providing a place for community member’s to grow organic produce, but also a space for interactive workshops.

East lake community garden

Gilliam Park Community Garden

Tucked into the Kirkwood neighborhood, Gilliam Park Community Garden creates a sense of community while providing a sunny space for gardening. The communal strawberry patch or the perennial hedge of huge knock-out roses are not to be missed!


Edgewood Community Learning Garden | Wylde Center

The Wylde Center recently adopted and renovated this neighborhood asset in Edgewood. The garden boasts a striking gazebo, pollinator gardens and beehives.

BONUS: Chicken Photobooth – this stop has photogenic chickens that are excited to strike a pose with tour participants (as long as you promise to send photos to us and tag us (@parkpride) on social media!).

chicken photobooth

End At Love is Love Farm

Enjoy food, drinks and a piñata full of bike lights and garden seeds while exploring the farm’s five acres of growing space, forest fragments, hillsides and an acre spring fed pond.


This year’s Community Garden Tour is going to be a one-of-a-kind experience – we hope you’ll join us!


Questions? Reach out to Betty Hanacek at