Parks with Purpose in Atlanta
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 protected more than 200 acres in the metro region.
Green Infrastructure PlanningIn 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. Read more >>
"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
Parks With Purpose
Since 2003, we have worked with the City of Atlanta to increase park access citywide, creating and expanding 22 parks. In the English Avenue and Vine City communities, we saw an opportunity to do even more.
In 2010, Park Pride worked with residents to create a broad plan for the neighborhoods using natural greenspaces as a way to reduce stormwater flooding that greatly impacts these communities.
The Conservation Fund and Park Pride, together with more than 35 partners, are working to implement this comprehensive plan. Lindsay Street Park and Vine City Park are the first of many projects that will create lasting change in these neighborhoods, one park at a time.
Through a community-driven process focused on the environment, the local economy, and most importantly, the people, these two new Parks With Purpose are providing numerous benefits.
We’ve transformed vacant and blighted lots into new greenspace for the English Avenue and Vine City communities, providing a safe place for kids to play and for community members to gather.
Stormwater runoff from the adjacent streets is being collected in a series of green infrastructure features that absorb and clean the water, while reducing overflows into the combined sewer system.
Through a partnership with Greening Youth Foundation’s Atlanta Youth Corps, we have trained and employed young adults from the community during the construction of the parks, expanding their skill sets and increasing their employment opportunities.
The new Falcons stadium in Atlanta offers potential for transformative infrastructure planning. Learn about the Fund's green infrastructure efforts in this article from the May 2013 Georgia Trend magazine: "Sustainable Georgia: Green Infrastructure."
“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
Lindsay Street Park Ribbon Cutting
All photos in this gallery by Whitney Flanagan.
Alliance for Community Trees
Arbor Day Foundation
Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta Community Toolbank
City of Atlanta Parks & Recreation
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Community Improvement Association
Fulton County Recreation Authority
Ed Castro Landscaping
English Ave Neighborhood Association
Friends of Vine City Park
Greater Vine City Opportunities Program
Greening Youth Foundation
Henry Len Defoor Trust
Historic Westside Gardens
Home Depot Foundation
Lifecycle Building Center
Pond & Company
Proctor Creek Stewardship Council
Southern Environmental & Demolition
State of Georgia
Vine City Civic Association
West Atlanta Watershed Alliance
Westside Atlanta Land Trust