Sandy Springs Conservancy Executive Director Linda Bain during an August 2015 visit at the future park at the Glenridge Hall estate.

Sandy Springs Conservancy Executive Director Linda Bain is retiring, and Billy Parrish will replace her in leading the influential parks organization, she announced at the Dec. 1 Sandy Springs City Council meeting.

Bain was a founding board member of the Conservancy, which formed in 2001, and has been its executive director since 2008. She has overseen several new park efforts, recently including Ashton Woods’ major commitment for a 14-acre park alongside its redevelopment of the former Glenridge Hall estate on Abernathy Road.

Parrish is a development and planning consultant with a background at such organizations as Main Streets, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, according to his LinkedIn resume. He told the council he hopes to work with it on “place-making and green space and connectivity.”

Bain’s retirement takes effect Dec. 31, according to the Conservancy’s website.

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