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City and APS launching a pilot program to turn school lands into public parks

It’s such a simple notion.Atlanta can greatly add to public green space and parks by partnering with the Atlanta Public Schools to open up school property to the public.The idea is getting traction in Atlanta. The city of Atlanta, the Trust for Public Land, the Urban Land Institute-Atlanta and the Atlanta Public Schools are about to launch a pilot program that would welcome the public to use school grounds after hours and on weekends.

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New Westside greenspace shows potential for expanded Atlanta Waterworks Park

In a wonderful beginning, Atlanta welcomed its newest green space on Sunday – a 4.5 acre site that offers dramatic views of the city’s skyline.

The new greenspace is a result of the persistent hard work by a grassroots community group – Friends of Atlanta Westside Park and the Upper Westside Improvement District – to clear the overgrown land from brush, weeds and dead trees and create a park-like setting at 17th Street and Northside Drive.

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Atlanta’s ParkScore jumps seven spots, still has lots of room to improve

The City of Atlanta jumped from 50 to 43 in the Trust for Public Land’s annual ParkScore survey of the nation’s 100 largest cities.

The improved ranking shows how Atlanta has gained traction when it comes to acquiring and maintaining parks and green space in the city limits. TPL also including a few other factors in its ranking – such as including private support for parks – that helped boost Atlanta’s standing.

SART holds Atlanta mayoral run-off forum with Bottoms and Norwood

The Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable on Friday morning set the stage for the Atlanta mayoral run-off campaigns for City Councilwomen Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood.

Both candidates described their platforms for making Atlanta a more sustainable city, and both seemed to be keenly aware that the environmentally-focused voters would be critical to winning the Dec. 5 runoff to succeed Mayor Kasim Reed.