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The April 2017 Regional Snapshot introduces a new interactive tool - the Connecting with Parks storymap.
Connecting with Parks – A Regional Perspective
Atlanta Regional Commission
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The Connecting with Parks storymap that follows was developed in response to a request from Park Pride seeking metrics to share at their 16th Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference.
ARC has been active in greenspace planning for over 50 years – this storymap provides a window into this rich history.
The 10-county region’s more than 900 public parks all contribute to this rich history. The storymap allows users to explore these stories interactively – content and images from ARC are displayed spatially, and links are provided for additional information about each of the features, where available.
This storymap was created in collaboration between four divisions at ARC - Natural Resources, Community Development, Transportation Access, and Research & Analytics. It is a living, breathing tool that will continue to be built upon as additional information is made available.
After the first wave of development post-WWII, 3 natural areas within the then 2-county metro Atlanta region were identified for preservation.
As the next waves of development occurred and the region grew from 2 counties to 10, so did the understanding that we must continue to plan for and protect key natural areas around the region before they are swallowed up by development.
Source: Atlanta Regional Commission
Today, 16 large regional nature preserves exist and pieces of several others that were proposed are protected in smaller parks.
Little Mulberry Park
Chattahoochee River NRA
Sweetwater Creek State Park
Stone Mountain Park
Black Shoals Park
Reynolds Nature Preserve
Cochran Mill Park
Huie Land Application Area/ JK Orr Camp
Source: Atlanta Regional Commission, 2015
This map provides an overview of our regional greenspace.
The 10 –county region alone contains more than 900 public parks, covering over 34,000 acres.
Though public parks are just one element of our regional greenspace network, they provide essential recreational and cultural amenities for the region’s residents. The following slides will examine our public parks system in greater detail.
This table provides an overview of the number of public parks for the 10 core metro counties. Fulton County leads the pack with over 400 public parks identified, followed by DeKalb (144), Cobb (119), and Gwinnett (108).
Source: Atlanta Regional Commission analysis, 2016
Though Fulton County had the greatest number of public parks by a wide margin, when looking at acreage, Gwinnett County leads with 7,422 acres of public parks. In terms of acres of public parks available per 1,000 residents, Rockdale takes the lead with 29.31.
Source: Atlanta Regional Commission analysis, 2016;
U.S. Census Bureau 2015 Population Estimates
Access to recreational and cultural facilities
“There is access in my neighborhood to recreation and cultural facilities”
Above is a breakdown, by county, of the responses of residents to the 2016 Metro Atlanta Speaks survey question regarding access to recreation and cultural facilities. In Fayette and Fulton counties, nearly 70 percent of residents agree or strongly agree that there is access in their neighborhoods to recreation and cultural facilities.
Source: Metro Atlanta Speaks Survey, 2016
Connecting with Parks
The regional greenspaces presented are divided into 5 main categories:
“A River Runs Through Us” tells the story of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
“Preserving Our Ties to Nature” features information regarding our regional nature preserves
“Linkages to Our Past” explores the history behind some of the region’s most notable parks
“Reimagining Space"provides examples of innovative reuse and redevelopment of open space in the region
“Here to There” highlights our regional trail system, including linear parks
Select a tab from the top to delve into one of the greenspace categories
When a feature is selected on the left, the map will navigate to the location of the feature, and a pop-up window will appear with a link to the park’s website for more information
Scroll down or select a radial button to explore the highlighted features of the features, where available.
“Preserving Our Ties to Nature” features information regarding our regional nature preserv