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Oakland Cemetery receives Park Pride Community Building Grant

Park Pride logoGenerous backing from Park Pride will help bring more amenities to Historic Oakland Cemetery as the park enjoys a continued increase in visitation each year. Oakland is just one recipient out of 15 Park Pride grants awarded to parks throughout Atlanta and DeKalb County.
“Great parks aren’t created in a vacuum. Strong communities build great parks, and we see clear examples of this in our 2014 grant recipients,” explains Michael Halicki, Park Pride’s executive director. “We applaud the passion and dedication of community groups all across Atlanta and DeKalb that come together as a voice for parks, creating change in their neighborhoods at the grassroots level.”
Park Pride awarded Oakland Cemetery an $8,500 Community Building grant through the organization’s matching grant program, which is supported in part by The Home Depot Foundation. The grant will supplement Oakland’s Benches & Bins campaign, which will bring additional wrought iron benches and waste receptacles to high-traffic areas in Atlanta’s oldest cemetery.
Park Pride’s Community Building Grants range from $1,000 to $50,000, and help communities in the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County implement lasting improvements to parks. Park Pride began re-granting funds to community groups in 2004, offering awards of varying amounts to groups seeking to revitalize their community greenspaces.
“With more and more people visiting Oakland each year, this backing from Park Pride is essential in our efforts to keep Oakland clean and comfortable for all who visit,” said David Moore, executive director of Historic Oakland Foundation.

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