City Of Atlanta
Piedmont Park. Photo by Anton Sokolov/iStockphoto.com
At A Glance
We are taking a comprehensive approach to conservation in Atlanta that includes:
- Helping the city identify green space and acquire land for parks
- Planning green infrastructure for better stormwater management and flood control
- Engaging the community in cleaning up the green space and planning the parks
- Training community leaders in projects that provide environmental, economic and social benfits to their neighborhoods
- Teaching residents to grow fresh food in the repurposed lots
"Parks are the green heart of Atlanta. They are our most inclusive and diverse gathering spots, providing opportunities to connect people often separated by social and income barriers."
— Arthur Blank, Founder, Home Depot and Arther M. Blank Foundation
“We can help a community figure out what its goals and priorities are. Once they do, implementing an interconnected network of parks and open spaces becomes a shared vision where everyone in the community can benefit."
— Will Allen, director of strategic conservation at The Conservation Fund
Conservation efforts, especially in urban areas, often are complicated; but we’ve taken on the challenge in Atlanta with both environmental and economic benefits for communities across the city. Atlanta historically has had one of the nation’s lowest percentages of park space per capita. Many of the poorest neighborhoods are surrounded by urban development and suffer unforeseen problems from lack of green space, such as flooding and sewage backup.
The Fund has been working in Atlanta for more than a decade, employing our full suite of services from land acquisition and green infrastructure planning to building parks and community development. To date we’ve completed more than 25 projects and proteced more than 200 acres in the metro region.
Green Infrastructure Planning
In 2005, Atlanta was losing 500 acres a day to development. The Blank Foundation hired The Conservation Fund to perform an assessment of Atlanta’s green infrastructure, and shortly after made a grant to the Fund that would allow us to help the city grow its green space.
Parks With Purpose
Atlanta is home to the Fund’s smallest project in terms of size: 0.3 acres of land was acquired for a park in the Vine City neighborhood. We not only acquired the land, but cleaned it and transformed it into a neighborhood park.
We’ve completed acquisitions for new parks in the Buckhead neighborhood and in Southwest Atlanta. This green space will not only improve public health by providing open space for recreation, it has the additional goals of stormwater flood mitigation, economic development and improved water quality.
Currently we’re working on the first park in the English Avenue neighborhood as part of our Proctor North Avenue Community Revitalization Effort.