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Overview of Parks with purpose




What Can a Park Do? 


  • Parks can transform blighted spaces into a community asset1

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The image on the left shows the chronic flooding in Atlanta’s west side neighborhoods near the future site of Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park. Image on the right shows a rendering of the new park along with its many community assets.

  • Parks can provide opportunities for job training and employment2

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Our partners at The Greening Youth Foundation’s (GYF) work with diverse, underserved and underrepresented children, youth and young adults in an effort to develop and nurture enthusiastic and responsible environmental stewards. Photo by Whitney Flanagan. 

  • Parks can offer ecosystem services such as storm water retention, remediated air and water, and erosion control3 

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Vine City Park is one of Atlanta’s first Parks with Purpose. The park had been an abandoned lot until the Fund bought the land and transformed it. The City of Atlanta now owns the park and the community has a place to enjoy the outdoors. Photo by Claire Cooney.

  • Parks can help to build more empowered and resilient communities4 

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Peer Exchange tour of Lindsay Street Park, guided by a talk from neighborhood resident Mother Moore. Photo by Zhivko Illeieff. 

  • Parks can engage all ages in environmental education, stewardship, and advocacy5

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Stephen Causby (left), resident and manager at Mattie Freeland Park, talking about the work of the local community in creating and maintainig the park. Photo by Robin McKinney.

  • Parks can provide food resources for communities that lack access to healthy foods

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In the fall of  2016, The Conservation Fund  acquired 7.1 acres of land on Browns Mill Road in southeast Atlanta.  This site will become Atlanta's first Community Urban Food Forest, as well as a new model for a City of Atlanta park. Photo by Browns Mill Food Forest.


Browse through our parks with purpose Projects:

Lindsay Street Park

Lindsay Street Park

The English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods lie in the shadow of downtown Atlanta, less than a mile from...
Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park

Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park

Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park will be The Conservation Fund’s third Park With Purpose built in Atlanta in partnership with...
Marlborough: Nature + Play

Marlborough: Nature + Play

In the 1930s, the Marlborough community in south-central Kansas City, Missouri, was booming. New housing developments, schools and a...
Food Forest at Browns Mill

Food Forest at Browns Mill

The Conservation Fund, The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Department of Parks & Recreation are partnering...
Mattie Freeland Park 

Mattie Freeland Park 

Parks are important places. The story of Mattie Freeland Park is unique, inspiring, and all about community. Mattie Freeland...
Walnut Creek Wetland Community Partnership, Raleigh

Walnut Creek Wetland Community Partnership, Raleigh

The Walnut Creek Wetland Community Partnership provides a communication hub for residents, community stakeholders, and academic and government leaders to collaborate on sustainable...
Baltimore, Garrett Park Revitalization

Baltimore, Garrett Park Revitalization

Garrett Park is a hidden gem of greenspace nestled in the heart of the South Baltimore neighborhood of Brooklyn. This...
Goose Creek Parks with Purpose Project, East Durham

Goose Creek Parks with Purpose Project, East Durham

The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) is a Durham based non-profit working to protect and restore waterways and landscapes within the Ellerbe Creek watershed and to connect communities to watershed...
Parks with Purpose in Atlanta

Parks with Purpose in Atlanta

Conservation efforts, especially in urban areas, often are complicated; but we’ve taken on the challenge in Atlanta with both environmental...
Harbour-8 Park

Harbour-8 Park

Getting its name from three railroad tracks that form its boundaries, the Iron Triangle section of Richmond, California, has...