Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta City Council have announced support for the PARC Pledge, a four point pledge to improve Atlanta’s parks and park system. In addition, a broad coalition of park advocates and business leaders have committed their support to the PARC Pledge, including the Atlanta BeltLine, Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, Buckhead Community Improvement District, Midtown Alliance and Trees Atlanta.

PARC, the Parks Atlanta Rescue Coalition, said the pledge outlines four main goals:

1. The funding of operations and maintenance of Atlanta’s parks to meet a higher standard of excellence
2. The acquisition and development of additional land for parks and greenspace to ensure all Atlantans live within a 10 minute walk of a park
3. Programs at parks that encourage healthy, active kids and engaged communities
4. Opportunities to make all parks safe, crime-free areas

Individuals, organizations and institutions that are interested in signing the PARC Pledge can find the pledge on the Park Pride website at parkpride.org.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.