Published on January 28th, 2015 |


4 major Buckhead park programs get big Park Pride grants

Park Pride has awarded minimum $50,000 matching Legacy Grants to three major Buckhead parks/greenspace programs—Peachtree Heights East Neighborhood Association for Duck Pond Park restoration work, Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy for work on its master plan projects and Livable Buckhead, Inc. for PATH400.

The Peachtree Heights East Neighborhood's Duck Pond Park is an urban oasis.

The Peachtree Heights East Neighborhood’s Duck Pond Park is an urban oasis.

Park Pride also announced Monday that a minimum $25,000 Community Building Grant—a matching grant ranging from $2,500 to $50,000—was also awarded to Buckhead’s Friends of Blue Heron Nature Preserve as part of 15 Atlanta and DeKalb community groups who will receive a combined $800,000 in matching fund grants for capital park improvements.

BuckdheadView first found about the December awarding of the grants through an email fropm Peachtree Heights East Neighborhood Association President Peggy McCormick on Monday. To learn more about the Duck Pond Park restoration program, click here and here.

Business, civic and  government leaders gathered Jan.9 to cut the ribbon to open PATH400 Phase 1.

Business, civic and government leaders gathered Jan.9 to cut the ribbon to open PATH400 Phase 1.

Livable Buckhead Inc. learned at the Jan. 9 official opening ribbon cutting ceremony of PATH400 that it had been awarded a $100,000 Park Pride matching grant.

“The Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy (AMPC) is honored to receive a $50,000 Legacy Grant from Park Pride, which will be matched with $50,000 of community raised funds, to officially kick off restoration efforts within the passive greenspace of Atlanta Memorial Park,” the conservancy announced in its online newsletter Tuesday.

“The first project is a public/private partnership with the city of Atlanta’s Office of Park Design for park-way finding and signage. The second project is a Feasibility Study to explore sidewalks and trails within Memorial Park’s boundaries,” the newsletter stated.

This the largest grant cycle in the history of Park Pride, which to date has awarded over $3.6 million to projects that include new playgrounds, land acquisitions, improved signage, new trails and exercise equipment, and more.

Part of the water runoff problems that thePark Pride would address at Atlanta Memorial Park.

Part of the water runoff problems that thePark Pride would address at Atlanta Memorial Park.

Park Pride began re-granting funds to community groups in 2004, offering awards of varying amounts to groups seeking to revitalize their community greenspaces. Award recipients receive matching funds through three distinct grants: Legacy Grants ($50,000 and more), funded by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation; Community Building Grants ($2,500-$50,000), funded by The Home Depot Foundation; and Small Change Grants (up to $2,500), funded by the Cecil B. Day Foundation.

Park Pride Executive Director Richard Hakicki making the announcement of $100,000 grant for PATH400 on Jan. 9.

Park Pride Executive Director Michael Hakicki making the announcement of $100,000 grant for PATH400 on Jan. 9.

“Great parks aren’t created in a vacuum. Strong communities build great parks, and we see clear examples of this in our 2014 grant recipients,” explains Michael Halicki, Park Pride’s executive director.

“We applaud the passion and dedication of community groups all across Atlanta and DeKalb that come together as a voice for parks, creating change in their neighborhoods at the grassroots level. United communities and well-used, well-loved parks go hand-in-hand.” Halicki continued, “The interdependence of healthy parks and strong communities is also the focus of the 2015 Parks and Greenspace Conference that will take place in March.”

Park Pride awarded Legacy Grants to six community groups. These grants are only available to groups within the City of Atlanta. Projects that will be funded include land acquisition, mitigating the damaging effects of stormwater runoff, building a boardwalk around a lake, and large scale renovations of park amenities.

In addition to the three Buckhead recipients, Legacy Grants have been awarded to: Friends of Adams Park, Friends of Reverend James Orange Park and Riverwalk Atlanta, Inc. to further develop plans for Atlanta’s only true waterfront trail and lineal park along the Chattahoochee River in Northwest Atlanta and including the city’s abandoned incinerator property into a river history site.

The Home Depot Foundation provides $150,000 in support to Park Pride’s Community Building Grants, which are available to community groups located in both the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County. Nine grants were awarded this cycle, ranging in size from $7,000 to $25,000.


A pastoral scene at Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

A pastoral scene at Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

The nine included (in addition to Friends of Blue Heron Nature Preserve): Friends of Central and Renaissance Parks, Friends of Frazier-Rowe Park in DeKalb, Global Growers Network at Forty Oaks Nature Preserve in DeKalb, Friends of Lang-Carson Park, Friends of Lillian Cooper Shepherd Park, Historic Oakland (Cemetery) Foundation, HABESHA, Rosa Burney Park, and Ansley Park Beautification Foundation.

Founded in 1989, Park Pride is the only organization that works with communities all over Atlanta and DeKalb to improve their parks. The organization also hosts the Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference, which will be held on Monday, March 23, 2015.

Learn more about Park Pride at To learn more about Park Pride grants, visit

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