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Published on June 22nd, 2016 |

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Park Pride awards Mountain Way Common its 2nd Legacy Grant

Park Pride has announced grant awards to 15 community groups to fund capital park improvements in Atlanta and DeKalb County, including its second major Legacy Grant to North Buckhead’s Mountain Way Common for the construction of a multi-use concrete trail that is connected to the PATH 400 greenspace trail.

Cutting the ribbon last year to open the bridge at Mountain Way Common were, left to right, City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Parks Commissioner Amy Phuong, Councilman Howard Shook, Friends of Mountain Way Common President Dan Weede, Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling and Park Pride Executive Director Michael Halicki.

Cutting the ribbon last year to open the bridge at Mountain Way Common were, left to right, City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Parks Commissioner Amy Phuong, Councilman Howard Shook, Friends of Mountain Way Common President Dan Weede, Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling and Park Pride Executive Director Michael Halicki.

To date, Park Pride has awarded over $4.1 million, through its matching grant programs in started in 2004, to projects that include new playgrounds, land acquisitions, bridges, improved signage, new trails and exercise equipment, and more.

Award recipients receive matching funds through three distinct grants: Legacy Grants (up to $100,000), 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’s Associate Director, Allison Barnett, expressed appreciation of the program’s funders, stating, “Our funders truly believe in the power of parks to strengthen communities. It’s because of their support that community groups are able to make positive changes in their neighborhoods through park improvements that can be enjoyed by all.”

Ayanna Williams, Park Pride’s Director of Community building responsible for the nonprofit’s Friends of the Park Program, commends members of the community for their dedication to improving their neighborhoods greenspace.

Mountain Way Common was one of six organizations awarded Park Pride’s Legacy Grants (ranging from $40,000 to $100,000).  These grants are only available to groups within the City of Atlanta.

The 2016 grant to The Friends of Mountain Way Common is to create a multi-use concrete perimeter loop trail connecting to the newly constructed pedestrian bridge. The organization earlier won another Park Pride Legacy Grant to help pay for the bridge constructed within the greenspace.

Other Atlanta organizations awarded Legacy Grants for 2016 were The Friends of Springvale Park, The Grant Park Conservancy, The Friends of John Howell Memorial Park, The Friends of Ormond-Grant Park and The Adams Park Foundation.

The Friends of Sibley Park received a Community Building Grant to restore the original park entrance and trail, and also add a stone overlook terrace and stone steps into the park. The park is located in the Peachtree Heights West neighborhood of Buckhead on both sides of West Wesley Road.

Also receiving a Community Building Grant was The Friends of Channing Valley Park, located in southwest Buckhead between Northside Drive and Howell Mill Road.

To learn more about Park Pride grants, visit http://www.parkpride.org/get-involved/funding-your-park.

 

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