Grove Park Receives Grant from Park Pride

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The Friends of Grove Park (Friends) and the Grove Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA) have announced that they’ve received a Small Change Grant from Park Pride in the amount of $800 to fund the design and installation of a community messaging board in Grove Park (the City of Atlanta park). Park Pride is the only Atlanta-based nonprofit that engages communities to activate the power of parks. 

Park Pride and members of the Grove Park community recognize that great parks increase the quality of life of residents by supporting healthy people, strong neighborhoods, vibrant business districts, a robust economy and a healthy environment. Matching grant funds from Park Pride with funds and volunteer support from the Friends and GPNA, this project will design and install a community messaging in Grove Park (city park) near the main picnic shelter and active field. The Friends and GPNA’s Communications Committee will use the board to share major updates and happenings in the community along with ways to volunteer and become involved with GPNA and all greenspace efforts in the neighborhood. 

“We’re incredibly grateful for this opportunity through our partnership with Park Pride,” stated GPNA Vice President and Friends of Grove Park lead Matt Josey. “There’s a ton of passion in our community to support our city parklands and help make them gathering places for the neighborhood to enjoy, and this project will contribute to that vision. By installing a community messaging board in Grove Park, we’ll be able to help spread the word on key neighborhood happenings to park users and connect with residents that we’re not currently engaged with.”

Park Pride currently works with nearly 100 local Friends of the Park groups in the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County. 

“The Friends of Grove Park are dedicated to creating a great park,” explained Ellen Bruenderman, Park Pride’s Director of Community Building. “I’m proud to work with such committed community leaders who are working to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods for kids, families, seniors, and anyone who visits their park!”

The Friends of Grove Park will convene and discuss this project at the upcoming GPNA Environmental and Beautification Committee Meeting. Anyone who is interested in supporting this project or the Friends can reach to Matt Josey (matt.josey@gmail.com) directly to learn more. GPNA will also be posting updates on its website and social media channels in the coming months as this project progresses.

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About the Friends of Grove Park:

The Friends of Grove Park formed as a branch of the Grove Park Neighborhood Association in 2019 with the goal of supporting the public parklands in the Grove Park community, including: Grove Park, the Grove Park Community Garden, North Evelyn Place Park, South Evelyn Place Park, Matilda Place Park, Gertrude Place, Edwin Place Park, and Elinor Place Park. The Friends have special interest in reenvisioning Grove Park (the city park) as a southern gateway to the Proctor Creek Greenway and future Westside Reservoir Park. Learn more at www.groveparkatlanta.com/friends.

About Park Pride: 

Park Pride is the only Atlanta-based nonprofit that engages communities to activate the power of parks. Working with over 100 local Friends of the Park groups, Park Pride provides leadership and services to help communities realize their dreams for neighborhood parks that support healthy people, strong neighborhoods, vibrant business districts, a robust economy and a healthy environment. Park Pride is active in greenspace advocacy and educating both civic leaders and the general public about the benefits of parks, and annually hosts the Parks and Greenspace Conference. Learn more about Park Pride at www.parkpride.org.