A Friends of the Park Group is formed as a first step in creating positive long lasting change in a public park. A group may start as civic association committee or begin with the sole purpose of improving a park. While friends of the parks groups can differ in terms of size, scope of work and influence they have many things in common: A “Friends of the Park” Group has the following characteristics: a group of park users (often neighbors & community leaders) actively working to improve one or more parks (usually one) in a defined geographic area (usually a neighborhood). While Friends of the Parks group can be different in terms of size, scope of work and influence, all FOP groups form with the purpose of improving a park or greenspace.
Benefits of Becoming a Friends of the Park Group
Officially forming a Friends of the Park group will have many intangible benefits, such as giving neighbors an opportunity to meet and interact and creating a single unified voice for the park. However, there are also many tangible benefits that a Friends group can take advantage of once registered with Park Pride including access to:
- Park Pride Grants
- Fiscal Partners Program
- Park Toolshed
- Organized volunteer workdayswith Park Pride’s Volunteer Manager
- and more!
Becoming a member of an existing “Friends” group or starting your own “Friends” group is a great first step to improving your neighborhood park!
To find out if there is an FOP group in your neighborhood park, contact Ayanna Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-546-7963).
For more information about forming a Friends Group for your park, visit: