Parks And Green Space Planning In Atlanta
Piedmont Park. Photo by Anton Sokolov/iStockphoto.com
If parks are the green heart of a city, Atlanta is undergoing some much needed care. With funding from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, the Fund conducted an assessment of open space protection opportunities. The results showed that Atlanta has one of the nation’s lowest percentages of parkland per capita. Using our recommendations, the Blank Foundation is working with the city to expand its open spaces.
We’re adding big, safe city parks that offer new places to relax and play in Atlanta’s greater metropolitan area. Based on the Fund’s recommendations, the Blank Foundation focused on providing greenspace and parklands in currently underserved and economically disadvantaged areas. By the end of 2008, we had protected more than 150 acres of prime parkland worth over $11 million and in 2009 we added nearly 10 additional acres and 1.6 million dollars in added value. These projects offer both environmental and economic benefits to a rapidly growing region.
“We can help a community figure out what its goals and priorities are,” said Will Allen, director of strategic conservation at the Fund. “Once they do, implementing an interconnected network of parks and open spaces becomes a shared vision where everyone in the community can benefit.”