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The Birth of Jennie Drake Park

A Letter from Pauline Drake, Steering Committee Chair of Jennie Drake Park

Dear Park Supporter,

The Friends of Jennie Drake Park want to thank you for your contribution to Park Pride, a group whose support we’ve received since we formed a “Friends” group a few years ago. Since the beginning, their staff has done a great job in guiding us through several stages in developing the park.

2003

Jennie Drake Before

Northwest Atlanta resident, Jennie Drake, organized her neighbors in an effort to conserve 4-acres of undeveloped land at Waterford Rd. By 2011, all parcels of land are acquired as a greenspace by the City of Atlanta.

2012

Friends of Jennie Drake Park

The park is named in memory of Jennie Drake, and neighbors organize a Friends of the Park Group. They apply for and are selected by Park Pride to develop a vision for their park.

2012 – 2013

Public Meeting

Friends of Jennie Drake Park and other Collier Heights residents come together throughout the year to discuss their needs, dreams, and priorities for the park.

2013

Waterford Road Looking East Toward Sign

After eight months and several public meetings facilitated by Park Pride, community consensus is reached, and the conceptual park master plan for Jennie Drake Park is finalized.

We went through the Visioning process. Later, we received financial support through two grants, a Small Change Grant and then a Community Building Grant in 2014.

Another benefit has been the association with other “Friends” groups at the annual Parks & Greenspace Conferences, PARC meetings and other events. No less important, we have benefited on three occasions from volunteer efforts coordinated by John Ahern, Park Pride’s Volunteer Manager.

2014

Pops in Parks at Jennie Drake Park

Friends of Jennie Drake Park participate in Park Pride’s Pops in Parks event, bringing neighborhood families out to introduce them to the developing park with help from King of Pops.

2015

Entrance and trailhead at Jennie Drake Park

The Friends of Jennie Drake Park install a seating and welcoming area in the park, supported by a Park Pride Community Building Grant and matched dollar-for-dollar by funds raised by the community through a brick sale.

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The Friends group and the community celebrate the new park entrance with an official ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Friends of Jennie Drake Park take advantage of all aspects of Park Pride programming. Members regularly attend monthly Parks Atlanta Rescue Coalition (PARC) meetings to learn from and network with park enthusiasts.

In the most recent workday coordinated by Park Pride on October 29th, more than 100 volunteers from a local company, plus team leaders from the Friends of Jennie Drake Park, turned out for a major development effort. The volunteers had eight projects and fewer than five hours to complete them! John did a superb job of coordinating all the parts. We are grateful to have benefited from his leadership, organizational skills, commitment and experience.

October 29, 2015

Jennie Drake Park Volunteer Day

Volunteers build and install park benches, a bridge that crosses the park’s creek, and a raised gravel path, in addition to completing a large-scale trash cleanup and invasive species removal, the creation of a new park entrance, and multiple other projects throughout the park.

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If we had not made the connection with Park Pride, I doubt that we would have accomplished as much as we have in the development of the Jennie Drake Park.

YOUR support of Park Pride helps groups like ours accomplish this much, motivating us to continue to achieve our vision and more.

Sincerely,
The Friends of Jennie Drake Park

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Friends of Jennie Drake Park and Park Pride take a moment after the recent volunteer day to celebrate a job well done.

 

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Exclusive Volunteer Opportunities

Mark your calendars, because it’s not everyday that there’s a chance like this to get your hands dirty with Park Pride’s Volunteer Program!

On three Saturdays in August, Park Pride is organizing volunteer workdays in which you can participate as an individual or with your family! See below for the details of each project and register to join us at any . . . or all!

 

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Mountain Way Common
Saturday, August 8, 2015
9 AM – Noon
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Join us for this special volunteer opportunity with Park Pride at Mountain Way Common on August 8th!

One of the newest parks in the City of Atlanta parks inventory, Mountain Way Common’s location under GA 400 and along Nancy Creek offers a unique opportunity for creating a public space.

For our Park Pride workday on August 8th, volunteers will help build a rock staircase, clear invasive plants and work on maintaining the existing trails in the park.

 

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Constitution Lakes
Saturday, August 22, 2015
9 AM – Noon
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Located Southwest of Atlanta in DeKalb County, Constitution Lakes Park is a destination park with unique hiking opportunities around impressive wetlands adjacent to the South River. Formerly a brick plant, the pits where clay was mined have filled in with water, attracting a wide array of migratory birds.

For our Park Pride workday on August 22nd, volunteers will construct a new hiking trail to connect the parking lot to a newly installed boardwalk that wraps around the lakes, creating a loop trail for hikers to experience the park.

 

Zonolite

Zonolite Park
Saturday, August 29, 2015
9 AM – Noon
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Part of a brownfield restoration project, a large pond that hosts a wide variety of animal and plant life was created at Zonolite Park. Unfortunately, the cattails are so enthusiastic about calling this pond “home” that they are crowding out all other species!

For this Park Pride workday, volunteers will help to thin the cattails so there will be more pond available for the birds and other wildlife. The work will be damp, muddy and uplifting for volunteers, resulting in an urban ecological treasure!

Questions? Contact John Ahern, Volunteer Manager, at john@parkpride.org.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 john@parkpride.org. We look forward to working with you!

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500,000 Volunteer Hours for Parks!

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In 2014, Park Pride and our partners surpassed providing 500,000 hours of volunteer service to parks across Atlanta and DeKalb County since our founding in 1989!

Over the past 25 years, Park Pride’s Friends of the Park groups have engaged volunteers by coordinating workdays, hosting community meetings and facilitating countless events and positive activities in parks, accounting for more than 140,000 volunteer hours.

Gardeners and volunteers alike dedicated approximately 60,000 hours within the 20 community gardens in parks, and Park Pride coordinated over 300,000 volunteer hours through workdays in greenspaces with corporations, small businesses, foundations and universities.

PARK PRIDE AWARD

 

Last year, Park Pride was honored with the title of Creative Loafing’s “Best Volunteer Program”! We are humbled by the many corporate and individual volunteers, our Friends of the Park groups and gardeners who showed appreciation for Park Pride’s efforts with their votes!

Thank YOU, volunteers, for your contribution and time spent caring for our park system!

If you would like to organize a workday for your business or group, contact John Ahern at john@parkpride.org.

Tips for Organizing a Volunteer Day

This week, we talked with Tom Branch, the Vice Chair of the Friends of Frazier-Rowe Park. His Friends group had an incredibly successful year of volunteer days, and we wanted to share his secrets with you 🙂 Below are the main take-aways from our convo, but if you’ve got time to read a more in-depth account of what makes their days so great, then continue reading!

Tips for a great volunteer workday:

  • Recruit volunteers by reaching out to local community groups and churches.
  • Utilize Park Pride resources for a successful workday – John Ahern, Volunteer Manager (john@parkpride.org), is always on-hand for advice, connections, and tools.
  • Maintain consistency in volunteer day dates – pick a day weekly, monthly, quarterly (whatever!), and stick to it.
  • Have a few Volunteer Leaders from the Friends group at each workday to train, supervise, and keep groups motivated!
  • Match appropriate jobs to your volunteers – consider an individual’s strength and skills when asking them to perform a task. The workday needs to be fun for them to keep them coming back!
  • Provide refreshments! – Not a hard and fast rule, if you make people comfortable while they’re working, they’re more likely to come back.
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Still with us? Great! Read on for more detailed information from Tom about Frazier-Rowe Park and their volunteer program:

Can you give us a little background on Frazier-Rowe Park?

The park land that would become Frazier-Rowe Park was purchased by DeKalb County in 2010. From September 2011 through August 2012, community members met several times to discuss possible plans for the property. At that time the property, which was completely covered in trees, was severely overgrown with invasive plants. English Ivy covered the trees in some areas of the park, and privet had spread throughout. Large amounts of trash, including tires, had been dumped there. In other words, it was a real mess. The park could not be used or enjoyed until the invasive plants and trash were under control, so the Friends of Frazier-Rowe Park started having community workdays in February, 2013.

How did you recruit volunteers?

I started by creating an email list to publicize the workdays with people who I knew from the community. We promoted workdays to a local Boy Scout troop and  the largest local church. There was a lot of interest from both church members and the Scouts.  By building interest and the email list, we had over 50 volunteers for our first couple of workdays.

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How have you maintained momentum?

Since then, we have had a workday on the second Saturday of each month, except for July, August and September, which we skip because of the heat and insect issues, and January, which we skip because of cold weather. The consistency of setting a date for each month helps to retain volunteers because they’re able to plan ahead for the next workday.

John Ahern, Park Pride’s Volunteer Manager, also introduced us to three different volunteer groups in need of a site at which to volunteer, and we have stayed in touch with those groups. John is a great resource – he is always available for questions and advice! People continue to come back to workdays when you make it fun and create positive energy.

Each Friends group should have a team of at least three people who can participate in running a workday. One person cannot attend every event, nor can one person come up with all the jobs AND supervise the volunteers doing different jobs in different parts of the park. Having multiple leaders creates energy for your workdays and more interest in your park on the part of the volunteers, who get involved in specific tasks that they may have an aptitude for.

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What are your key suggestions for a successful workday?

The trick with these workdays is to generate enough volunteers and then match volunteers with tasks and tools. Tools are easy to come by because DeKalb County has plenty of (non-mechanized) tools, which you pick up and return. For registered Friends of the Park groups, Park Pride also has a “toolshed” that you have access to: gloves, shovels, pitch forks, rakes, loppers, hand saws, pick mattocks, weed wrenches, trash grabbers, tarps, wheelbarrows and water coolers.

As far as tasks are concerned, don’t assume that the volunteers will have extensive knowledge of plants, gardening or landscaping. The tasks need to be straightforward, such as spreading wood chips, cutting ivy off of trees, or removing privet. There are usually a wide range of strength levels, so it helps to have some easy jobs, like planting flowers or raking chips, plus some more challenging jobs, like pulling up privet or stumps. Volunteer groups tend to like to stay together, so coming up with something that one group can do as a whole is always a good idea.

Getting volunteers out on a regular basis is a real challenge, and we have had workdays where about ten people showed up. You have to be constantly looking for more sources of workers, like other churches, school groups, friends and neighbors. We have at least two local civic associations that forward their membership my emails about upcoming workdays, so invariably there will be a new volunteer who heard about us from one of these sources. Once someone like that shows up, you want to get their email address added to your list immediately.

Finally, the workday should be fun. We are all volunteers and some of this work is tiring, dirty work, so you need to set a reasonable pace, and have plenty of water and refreshments. A neighboring business has cooked out for us as a nice reward for our group. Some days you have a big group and other days not so much, but every bit helps and you can’t let yourself get discouraged. One thing to be on the lookout for is a volunteer who has special talents and may be able to come out on his/her own time and do specific tasks – or someone who simply can’t come on Saturday mornings but would be willing to come out some other time if you can identify specific tasks.

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Can you give us a sense of the number of people you’ve had come out and the sorts of projects you did?

Of course! We’ve kept good track. Below are workdays we have had in 2014:

2/8/14 – 23 people/3 hours/Privet removal

3/8/14 – 15 people/3 hours/Privet removal

3/30/14 – 37 people/3 hours/work on new trail

4/6/14 – 33 people/3 hours/complete trail construction

4/12/14 – 23 people/2 hours/Privet removal & planting

5/10/14 – 25 people/3 hours/work near entrance on LaVista

6/14/14 – 39 people/3 hours/privet removal and planting

10/12/14 – 10 people/3 hours/planting trees and bulbs

10/26/14 – 25 people/3 hours/spread mulch and removed stumps

11/2/14 – 31 people/3 hours/removed privet

11/8/14 – 26 people/3 hours/planting trees

12/13/14 – 14 people/3 hours/ clean up

 

Thank you, Tom, for speaking with us and sharing your secrets, and thanks to all members of the Friends of Frazier-Rowe Park and all of the community volunteers who have helped shape this greenspace!

Visit the Friends of Frazier-Rowe Park website and join their email list to find out about workdays! Email Tom at   Tombranch@mindspring.com.

 

A Volunteer Day in Review: Bennett Thrasher

Park Pride is all about partnerships and appreciates opportunities to work with organizations that have never engaged in our programs. Such was the case this fall when we got a call from Bennett Thrasher looking for a volunteer opportunity for their annual service project. The “8th largest CPA firm in Atlanta and 100th in the US”, Bennett Thrasher is committed through the Bennett Thrasher Foundation to devoting “considerable time and resources towards making the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Community a better place”.

Wanting to engage over 150 associates in a meaningful volunteer service project is no small task but when passion and dedication lead the way, anything is possible!

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Always working from the ground up, Park Pride reached out to the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy to see what project opportunities might be available within Atlanta Memorial Park. The recently formed Conservancy brought together the stakeholders of Atlanta Memorial Park, Bobby Jones Golf Course and the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center to create a regional park (3rd largest in Atlanta!) and collaborative vision for protecting and improving the historical greenspace. With the priority goal of highlighting and improving the existing trail system in the park, Bennett Thrasher agreed to a significant restoration project that beautified and enhanced a main trail-head area off of Howell Mill Road.

Following months of communication, site visits and the coordination of a tremendous amount of logistics, the workday had arrived! Gathered in the shade of a mature oak on a chilly morning, coffee was clutched tightly as introductions were made, projects were assigned, and teams leaders prepped for the kick-off that can only be described as organized chaos. Abuzz and ready to warm up, volunteers dove right into their various projects.

 

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The primary team of 80 volunteers cleared a jungle of invasive plants along Howell Mill Rd. opening up lines of sight into the park and making room for a restoration planting of a variety of native understory trees, shrubs and ground cover plants that will not only beautify the park, but also promote a wider species diversity of pollinating birds, butterflies and bees.

 

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Nearby, another team of 40 associates worked along the park boundary planting a natural screen to delineate the park and highlight the trailhead from the adjacent private property.

 

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Taking advantage of the peaceful views along Peachtree Creek which flows directly through the park, a smaller team of 20 volunteers built and installed 4 cedar benches that look up and down the stream offering parks users a chance to relax or catch their breath after a jog around the park! Making sure to protect the existing trees, motivated volunteers pulled, chopped, and cut away at creeping and invasive vines that had made their way up around the trunks and canopy of several mid-story trees.

Told at the beginning of the project to take mental pictures of the park before getting started, volunteers were shocked to see the amount of progress they made in such a short period of time. The folks who thought the wall of invasives looked impenetrable were blown away when they could start seeing their fellow volunteers on the opposite side of the project site. The volunteers focusing on the screen planting thought there was no way they could dig that many holes in order to get all those plants in the ground. The Bennett Thrasher team worked diligently, effectively and with the utmost attention to detail from start to finish resulting in an end product that looked as good as a professional installation. Working together, shoulder to shoulder and side by side with community members, they accomplished exactly what they set out to do, to transform and highlight the entrance into the park.

 

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All in all, in 4 hours and 150 volunteers:

  • cleared over 20,000 square feet of invasive plants,
  • planted 78 trees, 195 shrubs and groundcover plantings,
  • used 5 cubic yards of soil amendment,
  • spread 60 bales of pine straw,
  • built 4 benches, and
  • gathered 6 bags of trash from throughout the project area.

Leaving the project, volunteers were exhausted, dirty, and proud of what they accomplished by volunteering with Park Pride. Thank you, Bennett Thrasher, for your commitment to parks and greenspace!

25 Reasons to Donate to Park Pride

It’s the season when you’re looking at who’s been naughty and nice, and figuring out what gifts you’ll be giving during the holidays this year. We’ve compiled 25 reasons why Park Pride should be on your “nice” list during our 25th Anniversary. We hope you’ll consider them and give a gift to our mission to improve parks and greenspace across Atlanta and DeKalb County!

PP25_F generalOnly you can help us continue do to the work we do to improve parks and strengthen communities. DONATE NOW. No gift is too small to make a difference in parks. Thank you!

25 reasons to donate to Park Pride

In no particular order and with varying degrees of legitimacy (!):

25. Because of the power of parks! It’s been proven that parks increase happiness and decrease stress in the individuals that have access to them. Parks are places where we can relax with family and friends, enjoy a walk, run or team activity, connect with nature, and the list goes on. The health of our city depends on the health of our parks, and all of Park Pride’s programs have the end goal of making each park a better place to be.

Parks are restorative!

Parks are restorative!

24. Park Pride believes in partnerships. No one is able to accomplish as much alone as we’re able to accomplish together, and Park Pride is proud to work along side like-minded organizations to bring about changes in Atlanta in DeKalb and make  needed improvements in our park systems!

23. Park Pride has helped to coordinate over 500,000 volunteer service hours in parks since 1989! That is a huge effort, and not a single one of those hours would have been possible without dedicated communities, community members, and corporate volunteers giving of their time and energy to help improve and maintain our park land. It also wouldn’t be possible without…

22. THIS GUY! John Ahern, Volunteer Manager, has been with Park Pride since June 2010! In his own words, John “… has probably the best job in the world! Working with large groups of volunteers out in our beautiful parks, to make them even more beautiful!” Hard work has never been so fun (clearly!). Donate to Park Pride in honor of John!

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John Ahern, Volunteer Manager

21. Park Pride believes that knowledge is power, and that participating in the global conversations surrounding parks and greenspace is important and benefits all those who partake! Each year, we invite you to the Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference to bring your park stories and lessons learned to the table, as well as to engage with greenspace leaders from across the globe!

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2013 Parks and Greenspace Conference

20. While many of the larger parks have their own dedicated conservancies, Park Pride is informally known as the park conservancy for the little guys!

19. Park Pride makes parks safer. Park sight lines are vastly improved following volunteer work days where invasive plant removal is a focus. More visibility and eyes on the park leads to fewer crimes committed in the park. Additionally, new amenities in parks funded by Park Pride grants (playgrounds, walking trails, exercise equipment, better lighting, etc.), increase positive activity in the parks, also resulting in a decrease in crime.

Volunteers from Bennett Thrasher remove invasive plants from Atlanta Memorial Park along Howell Mill Road, increasing visibility into the park.

Volunteers from Bennett Thrasher remove invasive plants from Atlanta Memorial Park along Howell Mill Road, increasing visibility into the park.

18. Our Executive Director, Michael Halicki, looks like Ed Helms. A legitimate reason to donate? Eh – questionable. But we won’t tell!  Donate to Michael’s fundraiser….

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From Left: Ed Helms, Michael Halicki. Or is it the other way around…

17. We’re dedicated to parks. DEDICATED. Allison Barnett has been with Park Pride since the beginning: as an employee, as Executive Director, and now as Associate Director. Allison’s longevity at Park Pride illustrates that our people don’t just like parks. We love them. We’re committed. Donate to Park Pride in honor of Allison Barnett!

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Allison Barnett, Associate Director of Park Pride, circa 1993!

16. Park Pride has help over 100 Friends of the Park groups organize since the program’s inception in 2007. Those groups took it upon themselves to make a difference in their parks and in their neighborhoods – and they have! From organizing community events in their parks, to community based plantings and volunteer days, the Friends of the Park groups have given their all to parks, and we are both grateful and proud to be their partner! Additionally, much of the success of the Friends of the Park Program can be attributed to

15. THIS LADY! Ayanna Williams has been with Park Pride since October 2007 as the Director of Community Building. Ayanna works with the Friends of the Parks groups in all capacities: from organizing groups, to coordinating workshops, to acting as a group’s liaison with the city or county, and heading the Community Garden Program, this woman does it all! Donate for Ayanna!

Ayanna Williams, Director of Community Building

Ayanna Williams, Director of Community Building

14. Donate to Park Pride because we loves dogs! The end of 2013 brought with it the ribbon cutting and official opening of the Renaissance Park Dog Park! Park Pride is proud to have been able to be a part of the larger team that made this doggie dreamland a reality, contributing a matching Community Building Grant for the park’s construction. A great amenity for Downtown!

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Dog enjoying Renaissance Park Dog Park – we love dogs!

13. Over the years, we’ve supported over 250 parks in Atlanta and DeKalb: enough said. 🙂

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12. November 13th, Georgia Gives Day, was also THE EXACT DATE of Park Pride’s 25th birthday! See? “Park Pride Atlanta, Inc.” was incorporated on November 13, 1989! Happy birthday to us!incorporated2

11. Park Pride takes a grassroots approach to park improvements, focusing on the communities wants and needs first and working up from there. We literally couldn’t do what we do without community support!

10. Park Pride helps communities define their park dreams! The Park Visioning process and resulting conceptual master plans not only energize the communities to improve their quality of life, but become powerful tools to solicit private funding and lobby for public funding for communities to help reach their goals.

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Park Pride’s Visioning team, Director of Visioning Walt Ray, and Visioning Coordinator, Becky Katz, look over a park master plan developed by the community.

9. Park Pride has worked with 30 communities to produce Park Visioning plans. The program’s success is driven by the Director of Park Visioning, Walt Ray, who spearheaded the program in 2005 and has worked with dozens of community groups to help them work together to identify needs and prioritize wants, resulting in park plans that excite and unite neighborhoods. Walt Ray and Visioning Coordinator, Becky Katz, are an amazing duo and we are so lucky to have them as part of the Park Pride family. Donate in honor of Walt and Becky!

8. Those 30 visioning plans have in turn resulted in $12 million invested in parks!

7. Y’all look good in green 🙂 Park Pride is helping park enthusiasts stay ahead of trending fashions with our “I ❤ Parks” t-shirts. You’re welcome! (If you’d like, you can purchase a shirt here.)

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Everyone looks great in our green t-shirts!

6. Park Pride advocates for more park land; our goal is to make a park accessible to ALL Atlantans within a 10 minute walk from their homes. See? It says it here on the PARC (Parks Atlanta Rescue Coalition) Pledge!

Parc pledge complete_Page_15. Park Pride was successful in getting ALL members of Atlanta City Council to sign the four-point PARC Pledge! We were determined that parks and greenspace were considered in their agendas and knocked on doors until all had signed. Not only that, but Mayor Kasim Reed also issued a statement of support!

4. Park Pride strengthens communities through building community consensus. As Friends of the Park and community groups move through the Park Visioning program to re-imagine their park, they’re forced to take a good look at  all aspects of their needs and talk in-depth about their wants for their greenspace. The Park Vision, produced by Park Pride, is a final plan arrived at together with the community.

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Community members of Collier Heights participate in Park Pride’s Visioning workshop.

 3. Park Pride helped to pass the legislation that made community gardens allowable in parks! There are now 20 community gardens in public parks across the city and county, enjoyed and loved by Friends of the Park groups!

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Community garden installation at Selena Butler Park.

2. WE love parks. And,

1. YOU love parks. It’s a perfect match!

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Friends of Lang-Carson Park loving their park and King of Pops popsicles!

We hope you’ll consider us for a donation! Gifts of any size can help make BIG differences! THANK YOU for believing in us and in our mission to create more and better parks!

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Georgia Gives Day!

gagives emailTODAY, November 13th, is the “give-iest” day of the year in Georgia!

Here at Park Pride, we’ve made it our goal to raise $5K in 24 hours to help improve neighborhood parks and community gardens in Atlanta and DeKalb! We need your help and support to get there!

Read our profile page on the Georgia Gives website. We’ve had a pretty impressive year in 2013, and when you donate to Park Pride you really get some good bang for your buck! Check out these stats:

In 2013, Park Pride has . . .

  • awarded $235K to four local parks to complete projects developed through the Park Pride Visioning Program
  • conducted grant workshops
  • coordinated close to 13K in volunteer hours on park projects
  • completed 3 new visioning projects for park improvements
  • and much, MUCH MORE!!!

Please consider a donation today to help us fulfill our mission to strengthening communities by improving neighborhood parks!