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Moving Atlanta’s Parks Forward: A discussion with local environmental advocates about our city’s needs

By Hannah E. Jones The case for parks is an easy one to make — increased physical activity within the community, lower levels of stress and a healthier urban environment. But in a city with one of the starkest income disparities in the nation, city and nonprofit leaders are working to be intentional about providing […]

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Park experts and local leaders say the time is now to invest and activate Atlanta’s parks

Atlanta wants to live up to its nickname — the city in the forest — and local park organizations, city officials and residents are ready to help.  On Monday, March 28, Atlanta-based nonprofit Park Pride hosted its 21st annual parks and greenspace conference at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. This year’s theme was “The parks we […]

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Alycen Whiddon – Atlanta’s unsung visionary city planner

By Guest Columnists JIM KULSTAD, LORI LELAND-KIRK AND CAROLYN H. RADER, environmental advocate, urban planners and friends of Alycen Whiddon

Unsung visionary, landscape architect and urban planner, Alycen Whiddon left a permanent legacy in the urban design of Atlanta that we all enjoy today. Long before linking greenway trails, creating pedestrian and bike-friendly streets and zoning for vibrant urban spaces were commonly accepted concepts, Alycen was their champion.

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Is Better Health Your New Year’s Resolution? Read This.

By Michael Halicki, Executive Director, Park Pride For many people, the new year brings with it the resolve to get fit, get healthy, and adopt a more active lifestyle. Sound familiar? Perhaps you’re planning to hit the gym, buy organic, or dust off your sneakers and pick up jogging. While all of these are great […]

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#YesOnOne: Vote YES for the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment

Michael Halicki, Executive Director of Park Pride Tuesday November 6th is Election Day, and the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment (GOSA) is the first amendment on the ballot. I am writing to encourage you, one final time, to vote YES on Amendment 1.   By voting yes, you will be saying yes to protecting Georgia’s waters […]

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It Takes a Village to Make a Park

Intro by John Ahmann- Under the leadership of Executive Director Michael Halicki, Park Pride has demonstrated the power of “we” in first leading to develop the Proctor Creek North Avenue Watershed Basin: A Green Infrastructure Vision and then helping to bring that vision to life with the recent ground breaking of the Kathryn Johnston Memorial […]

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Why Clarkston, Georgia Has Made Parks a Priority, and What Other Communities Can Learn from this Small City

By Ted Terry, Mayor of Clarkston, Georgia and George Dusenbury, The Trust for Public Land’s Executive Director in Georgia Tucked between Stone Mountain and Decatur lies the tiny community of Clarkston. Thirteen thousand people from more than 40 countries live inside this 1.4 square mile city, making it the country’s most ethnically diverse city and […]