unspecifiedPark Pride, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that engages communities to activate the power of parks, is hosting the 15th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Monday, March 21.

The event is expected to draw 450 attendees and will offer a diverse array of local and national perspectives on the benefits of play for all ages and demographics, and will explore the relationship between parks, play and a community’s well-being under the theme, Parks & Play: A Conversation for All Ages.

Speakers will address designing parks and public spaces for playful activation by citizens of all ages, races and abilities. They will dive deep into how playful spaces can change the fabric of a city, explore the physical and mental health benefits of playing in our great outdoors and discuss the research and design behind great play spaces.

The conference’s keynote speakers include Alex Gilliam, the founder of Philadelphia based Public Workshop, a nonprofit that engages youth in their communities in playful urban design projects; Robin Moore, Director of the Natural Learning Initiative and author of Nature Play & Learning Places; and Barbara Tulipane, President and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Other featured speakers include James Siegal, CEO of KaBOOM!, and local thought leader on play, Cynthia Gentry, founder of Play Atlanta.

For more information, visit parkpride.org/conference.



Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.