Grassroots Green Space: Growing Parks in Our Neighborhoods

APA Georgia Chapter


Wednesday, September 27, 2017
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. CDT

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What do the only vegetable farm in Atlanta, a dog hang-out, and a Tolkien-esque park have in common? They are all grassroots green spaces that are helping to meet local park needs. This session discusses the gap these spaces fill, what makes them successful, and how planners can best support them.


Stephanie Van Parys

Confirmed Speaker

Stephanie Van Parys spent eight years of her youth living in Germany, where she spent many hours roaming the pastoral landscape and food gardens around her grandfather’s house. When it came time to choose a field of study, the gardening trait that runs throughout her family could not be ... Read More

Carlos Perez

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Carlos F. Perez is the President of Perez Planning + Design, a research-based planning, and design firm based in Atlanta, Georgia that specializes in the planning and design of the public realm. Specifically, the development of parks, open space, and recreation system master plans, park master plans, and active transportation plans ... Read More

Allison Stewart-Harris, AICP

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Allison Stewart-Harris is an Atlanta-based planner with Jacobs. Over the course of her career, she has assisted communities nationwide in developing large-scaled plans for transportation, parks, and public space systems. Allison also has expertise working with Federal agencies to create master plans, strategic plans, and management plans for special resources ... Read More

Ayanna Williams

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Ayanna Williams has been a community organizer and facilitator for the more than 20 years. She is currently the Director of Community Building with Park Pride, a nonprofit empowering communities in the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County to develop and improve their parks. Ayanna manages the Friends of the ... Read More

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