A Primer from Piedmont Park Conservancy

The Community Committee for the Piedmont Park Conservancy – the nonprofit supporting Atlanta, Georgia’s flagship park – is instrumental in providing a forum for communication, input and relationship-building between the Conservancy and the park’s many constituencies. The chair of the committee is also on the Conservancy board, and reports as needed on the committee’s work. The committee deals with everything from new construction to events policies to park rules. Below are its mission statement and the topics it addressed from August 2000 to July 2001.

Mission Statement

Purpose

To assist in the achievement of our mission to preserve and restore Piedmont Park through partnership and communication between the conservancy and key community organizations and leaders. To provide opportunities for discussion and input regarding improvements to the park, and to seek solutions which will make the park a more pleasant, healthy and safe place for all.

Authority and Relationship

The Community Committee is a standing committee of the Board of Directors, meeting regularly to perform its functions and other functions assigned to it by the Board. The Committee has the authority to establish as needed such ad hoc groups as may be necessary to carry out its work.

Membership and Appointment

The President of the Board will appoint the chairperson of the Community Committee. The chairperson of the committee shall be a member of the board. Committee members shall represent metro Atlanta neighborhood groups, associations and organizations with interest in the welfare and improvement of the park. The Executive Director shall serve as staff officer to the committee.

The committee shall meet as needed to accomplish its duties.

Duties:

  • To offer advice and seek solutions for improving the park experience for all Atlantans.
  • To mobilize community support for Conservancy goals and objectives, park projects and activities.
  • To act as a forum for seeking compromise and consensus when necessary.
  • To review user research.
  • To review and comment upon plans for future capital improvements to the park.
  • To regularly report back to the respective Atlanta neighborhood groups, associations and organizations represented on issues discussed.
  • To regularly report to the Board on activities of the committee.

Community Committee Topics for 2000-01

August: Changing the culture of the park – brainstorming

September: Special interest subjects such as birding or “Trees Atlanta” tree walk or reporting on the effect of the drought on the trees

October: Capital Projects Design and Timeline

November: Maintenance plan for the Park

December: Special interest subjects such as birding or “Trees Atlanta” tree walk or reporting on the effect of the drought on the trees

January: CSO Project

February: Special Events

March: Special interest subjects such as birding or “Trees Atlanta” tree walk or reporting on the effect of the drought on the trees

April: City parks department session and overview

May: Park Signage

June: Special interest subjects such as birding or “Trees Atlanta” tree walk or reporting on the effect of the drought on the trees

July: Planning Session

Participants also suggested:

  • Offer more Short-term Projects. Participants expressed a desire to become involved in projects that could be done quickly and with volunteer involvement. Long-term projects such as Oak Hill and the Community Center, although great, did not stimulate involvement by individuals who want to help the park
  • Do more reporting of progress on projects by newsletters and include staff updates
  • Revisit some old topics such as giving an update on the pool and swimming
  • Discuss the playgrounds and recreation and how to involve kids & families
  • Discuss toddler playground and playground maintenance
  • Playground review of equipment re: safety
  • Continue to discuss Dog issues
  • Continue to discuss issues pertaining to the grass, the trees and the lake
  • Focus on community side with regards to the capital campaign
  • Acquisition of new lands for Piedmont Park
  • Continue to discuss Safety issues