Through its Parks Build Community project, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has named Atlanta’s historic Selena S. Butler Park as the next site for its proven revitalization initiative.

In order to demonstrate and support the integral role America’s parks play in revitalizing underserved urban areas, NRPA’s Parks Build Community project was launched in 2009. The first park selected to receive the extensive facelift was Marvin Gaye Park in Washington D.C. In August 2009, the first phase of the rejuvenated park was opened to the public.

Named after a key figure in the fight for racial equality in American education and located mere blocks away from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site on Hilliard Street, Butler Park has been in dire need of revitalization since suffering severe damage during Atlanta’s infamous 2008 tornado.

“Urban parks not only offer a long list of health benefits, but they also provide a safe place for community members to build a stronger identity through social interaction,” says Barbara Tulipane, CEO of NRPA. “Butler Park epitomizes its namesake’s goal of achieving social equality, and we know that by reviving this historic Atlanta landmark we are helping to bring a local community closer together.”

Construction and installation of Butler Park began last month and NRPA plans to host a dedication ceremony in early November. In an effort to duplicate the proven success of collaboration on Butler Park, NRPA is working with sponsor organizations PlayCore and Superior International Industries and local partners – such as the City of Atlanta Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs; Park Pride; Friends of Butler Park; the Atlanta Neighborhood Planning Unit; and Fourth Ward Neighbors. NRPA will continue seeking additional partnerships throughout the revitalization process.

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Greenspace is an integral part of the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine and three new parks are opening for use by the public.

By the time you read this, D.H. Stanton Park at Boynton and Martin Streets in southeast Atlanta will be open. Park amenities include a splash pad, play area, walking paths and little league baseball field.

The Historic Fourth Ward Park Skate Park grand opening is set for Saturday, June 11, at 3 p.m. and will feature a skating exhibition and remarks by local officials. The park is at 830 Willoughby Way.

Historic Fourth Ward Park has been open for a couple of months but its official dedication is Saturday, June 18, at 10 a.m. Mayor Kasim Reed will officiate followed by a morning of games and events across the park.

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