Feb 21, 2024 - News

Atlanta and DeKalb parks get $4 million funding boost

A person walks on a boardwalk in a dense and verdant forest

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve in southwest Atlanta. Credit: Courtesy of Park Pride

Your neighborhood park might get a little prettier thanks to a new round of grants from Park Pride.

What's happening: The green space advocacy nonprofit is giving almost $4 million — its largest investment ever — to 37 parks in Atlanta and DeKalb County.

Details: The winning projects range from adding water fountains with doggie bowls (West End Park) to building a disc golf course (Melvin Drive Park).

  • Cascade Springs Nature Preserve will build overlooks to observe the falls and trail infrastructure, including steps, benches and trash cans.
  • Blue Heron Nature Preserve will overhaul its entrance with a new sign and native plants.
  • Brownwood Park will get a pavilion "with a unique design to allow light into the space."
  • Cabbagetown Park's amphitheater will welcome ADA accessibility improvements, a permanent stage and erosion-management projects.

Of note: Roughly half of the funding will improve green spaces in historically disinvested communities.

In the weeds: Contributions from City Hall and Atlanta City Council members' discretionary accounts have helped Park Pride double its awarded funding in recent years, the nonprofit said.

See all the winning parks and projects


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