Parks with Purpose logo4Atlanta 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 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.  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

Vine-City-ParkThe Vine City 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 Whitney Flanagan/The Conservation Fund.

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


Our Partners

Alliance for Community Trees
Arbor Day Foundation
Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta Community Toolbank
Boise Paper
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
City of Atlanta Parks & Recreation
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Community Improvement Association
Fulton County Recreation Authority
Ed Castro Landscaping
English Ave Neighborhood Association
Families First
Friends of Vine City Park
Georgia Build-Up
Georgia Power
Greater Vine City Opportunities Program
Greening Youth Foundation
Henry Len Defoor Trust
Historic Westside Gardens
Home Depot Foundation
Invest Atlanta
Lifecycle Building Center
PNC Bank
Pond & Company
Proctor Creek Stewardship Council
Southern Environmental & Demolition
State of Georgia
Trees Atlanta
Vine City Civic Association
U-Haul International
Waterfall Foundation
West Atlanta Watershed Alliance
Westside Atlanta Land Trust


Browse Through our Parks with Purpose in Atlanta:

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...
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...