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Park Pride records

Collection number: ahc.MSS1158

Scope and Content

This collection contains minutes, clippings, and a report providing details of Atlanta parks prior to the creation of Park Pride. Also included in the collection are conceptual and master park plans and visioning reports which document the work of Park Pride and the communities with which they partner. Periodicals published by Park Pride as well as conference materials from annual meetings hosted by Park Pride are also a part of the collection.


  • 1905-2022, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Park Pride, a nonprofit organization of Atlanta, Georgia, was organized in 1986 by Betsy C. Baker (1938- ), commissioner of the City of Atlanta Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs, in response to a limited departmental budget. The organization was formed to help encourage citizen support of parks through volunteerism and foster corporate support through donations. Though initially a largely volunteer effort, Park Pride's first executive director, Carolyn Henry Rader, was a city employee. The founding board president was Atlanta activist, Tally H. Sweat. The organization incorporated in 1989 and hired its first full-time employee, Allison Barnett, in 1991. Park Pride operates under the governance of a board of directors and executive committee and strives to engage communities to activate the power of parks. The organization partners with communities and provides grant funding to help build parks and community gardens while promoting, preserving, and improving the quality of city of Atlanta and unincorporated DeKalb County parks. Park Pride has won numerous awards including several Cox Conserves Hero Awards. Annual conferences, volunteer programs, Friends of the Park meetings, and matching grant programs are part of the ongoing work of Park Pride.


9.38 linear ft. (nine and one half document cases and four oversize boxes)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three series: Series I: Department of Parks, City of Atlanta records; Series II: Park Pride projects; and Series III: Publications. Within each series, the collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Some material in this collection is available in pdf form. Please contact an archivist for assistance.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2017, with subsequent additions

Related Archival Materials

Park Pride landscape architectural drawings, VIS 348, Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018, with subsequent additions.

Park Pride records
Jennie Oldfield
November 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305