ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed celebrated the opening of the Lindsay Street Park, the first park built in Atlanta’s English Avenue neighborhood. Mayor Reed was joined by civic and business leaders, including Stacy Funderburke of The Conservation Fund, Amy Phuong, Commissioner for the Department of Parks and Recreation, Craig J. Richard, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta, and Penny McPhee, President of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.
Lindsay Street Park was created under The Conservation Fund’s “Parks with Purpose” program in partnership with Park Pride. The long-awaited and much-needed green space is inspired and built by community members wanting a safe and welcoming place for kids to play and neighbors to gather.
“Lindsay Street Park is an example of the power of public-private partnerships. For the first time in English Avenue, residents will not only have access to greenspace, but access to cleaner water and a safer, more welcoming place for kids to play and families to gather,” said Mayor Reed. “The opening of the first park in this neighborhood demonstrates what can happen when we choose cooperation over conflict and come together to invest in the renewal of Atlanta’s Westside.”
During construction of the park, this new green space provided multiple educational, natural and community benefits. Four residents of the English Avenue neighborhood received workforce training from the Greening Youth Foundation Atlanta Youth Corps and were hired to help construct the park. The park includes a playground and green infrastructure which will help absorb stormwater, and help alleviate flooding of nearby homes, while improving water quality in the headwaters of Proctor Creek.
“Lindsay Street Park is truly a Park With Purpose,” said Andrew Schock, State Director of The Conservation Fund – Georgia. “Not only has it brought neighbors, city leaders, businesses, foundations and others together around a shared vision of hope, it will also improve the health of the community and quality of life for residents by providing much needed green space in a highly urbanized neighborhood. We are honored and grateful to work hand in hand with all of our partners to create this very special park.”
The collaborative effort to create Lindsay Street Park was made possible through funding and support from various organizations and groups, including The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Invest Atlanta, U-Haul and Waterfall Foundation. Additional support was provided by Boise Paper, the Department of Parks & Recreation, Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, Deforest Trust, Georgia Power and Park Pride.