These neighborhoods also lie in the headwaters of Proctor Creek and its tributaries, which once flowed all the way to the Chattahoochee River. Today, however, due to poor stormwater management, antiquated sewer systems and impacts from development, Proctor Creek is besieged by high bacteria levels, illegal dumping, pollution and erosion. The pollutants from the Proctor Creek Watershed affect water quality in these neighborhoods and have a direct impact on the Chattahoochee River.

A Comprehensive Approach to Conservation

We’ve partnered with the city, The Arthur M. Blank Foundation, The Waterfall Foundation and Park Pride, a citywide nonprofit organization, to implement a comprehensive acquisition and restoration plan for these neighborhoods.

First, in May 2012 we took community leaders to Milwaukee to see the success of our Greenseams program and how land conservation can protect cities from flooding and revitalize neighborhoods. Then our Conservation Leadership Network planned a trip to Philadelphia in November 2012 to see the results of that city’s innovative green infrastructure approaches to address stormwater flooding and combined sewer overflows. Participants created a Green Infrastructure Task Force that focuses on implementing some of these best management practices for current and planned infrastructure projects in Atlanta. A team from this task force presented at the U.S. Water Alliance’s One Water Leadership Summit in Los Angeles in September 2013, discussing some of the early accomplishments and catalysts for a green infrastructure approach within Atlanta. While in Los Angeles, the Fund organized for the Atlanta team to visit green infrastructure demonstration sites developed by our partner Amigos de los Rios.

Our Resourceful Communities Program has also hosted ongoing workshops for residents, focusing on both the larger issues faced by this community, as well as their vision for this specific project and implementing triple bottom line projects.

Most recently, in 2014, we established the first park in the English Avenue neighborhood, at the intersection of Lindsay Street and North Avenue. The Fund worked for 18 months to piece together four vacant and abandoned lots, which include a tributary to Proctor Creek. Once the park is protected, cleaned up and restored, we aim to transfer the land to the city. Learn more about this—and other—Parks with Purpose we're working on.

Why This Project Matters

We believe successful conservation needs long-term community benefits. Our 360-degree approach extends beyond land acquisition services – we engage the community and help plan, design and implement lasting strategies that balance environmental, economic and social objectives.

Lindsay Street Park