FRIENDS OF WALKER PARK
The Friends of Walker Park is a group of Neighbors, volunteers, park enthusiasts who advocate for Walker Park and work to make Walker Park a safe, beautiful and enjoyable park for all. We have joined our efforts with Park Pride, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which serves as our fiscal Partner and are diligently working with the city of Atlanta Department of Park and Recreation to help revitalize Walker Park.
So far our efforts have shown results with renewed interest from the public in the park and have also helped Walker Park gradually transform from an abandoned and uncared piece of property to a safer, cleaner and more vibrant community park.
In 2009, an extensive master plan labeled “Eastside Parks”, which included parks in the Edgewood, Kirkwood and Eastlake neighborhoods was conceived . A detailed conceptual design was drafted for each park that contained core elements based on input from the respective neighborhoods and their immediate needs in renovating and improving their historic neighborhood parks. Walker Park, the only park located in Edgewood, was one of those parks included in this master plan and participated in a series of visioning projects and meetings, spearheaded by the then “Friends of Walker Park” group.
As it ensued, The Eastside Parks projects lagged to come to fruition. The dissolution of its then “friends of” group followed, hence continuing Walker Park’s state of desolation and deterioration that seems to have been going on now for more than 30 years.
In 2013, within the Edgewood community - now bolstering a growing, varied and diverse population - conversations about Walker Park, including its dysfunctional space and lack of amenities, became abundant. This renewed interest prompted concerned families in the community to make request to the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation for safe playground equipment. A new “Friends of Walker Park” soon emerged, picking up where the former “friends of” group left off and subsequent community discussions and meetings generated widespread interest.
Since its re-incarnation, the Friends of Walker Park have helped designed a master plan for the park and sought funding for projects that will significantly increase interest and use of Walker Park by providing amenities and functional space for park customers.
Be part of a group of people who care about parks and the conservation of green spaces. We invite you to Join us, show your support, and participate in our efforts to make Edgewood's only Park a more beautiful, enjoyable, and safe community park for all.