Previous grant recipient Little Nancy Creek Park has made numerous upgrades for uses. (Courtesy Park Pride)

Park Pride has announced that $1,027,000 has been granted to 14 community groups in Atlanta and DeKalb to fund capital park improvements.

This is the largest amount Park Pride has granted to communities in a single grant cycle. To date, Park Pride has awarded over $5.8 million to projects that include new playgrounds, bridges and piers, informational kiosks and signage, trails, exercise equipment, community gardens, land acquisition for new parks or park expansions, and more.

Established in 2004, Park Pride’s matching grant programs award varying amounts of funding to community groups seeking to revitalize their neighborhood greenspaces. Three distinct grants provide awards of different sizes, designed to support Friends of the Park groups taking on larger projects as they grow and develop capacity. Legacy Grants (grants of $50,000 and up) are funded by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation; Community Building Grants ($2,500-$50,000) are funded by The Home Depot Foundation; and Small Change Grants (up to $2,500) are funded by the Cecil B. Day Foundation.

Legacy Grants
Park Pride awarded Legacy Grants to seven community groups. These grants are only available to groups within the City of Atlanta. Legacy Grants have been awarded to the following:

  • The Friends of Armand Park are implementing the first phase of a new park, which will serve both as a community gathering space and as the trailhead to the South Fork Trail. The plan includes a playground, pathways, and landscape improvements.
  • The Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy will create a nature trail through Atlanta Memorial Park with footbridges and a boardwalk. The project also includes rain gardens, landscaping, and drainage improvements, as well as the transformation of a gravel area into an open lawn.
  • The Friends of Channing Valley Park will replace aging play equipment and add seating to create a safe and engaging play space for the neighborhood.
  • Little 5 Alive will implement a redesign of Findley Plaza to transform it into a vibrant, welcoming community space.
  • The Friends of Knight Park will transform a dilapidated brick building into a welcoming walled garden, creating a gathering space for this active community.
  • The Friends of Noble Park will enhance the park with landscape and hardscape improvements and a new playground.
  • The Friends of Sara Gonzales Park will implement a comprehensive redesign to optimize usage of the park. Improvements include an expanded playground, a playing field, and improved connectivity and access from the surrounding community.

Community Building Grants
Park Pride’s Community Building Grants are available to community groups located in both the City of Atlanta (COA) and DeKalb County (DC). Seven grants were awarded to:

  • The Friends of Briarlake Forest Park (DC) will implement Phase I of their master plan that includes a circulation trail and park amenities.
  • The Friends of Frazier-Rowe Park (DC) will build a pavilion with an accessible trail that connects to other areas of the park.
  • The Friends of Hairston Park (DC) will add three fitness stations and a nature trail to provide activities for a broad range of users.
  • The Friends of N.H. Scott Park (DC) will implement Phase I of park improvements, which includes wayfinding signage and a community garden.
  • The Friends of Phoenix II Park (COA) will clean and refresh an existing playground and engage more neighborhood children with the addition of toddler equipment.
  • Habesha will upgrade the community garden at Rosa Burney Park (COA) with new, raised garden beds and the installation of a solar-powered irrigation system connecting to an existing 3,000-gallon cistern.
  • The Friends of South Atlanta Park (COA) will add benches to provide seating in their newly installed playground.

To learn more about Park Pride grants, visit this link.

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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.