Lead with Green

A 200+ acre park in the heart of the city requires unique and fascinating approaches to environmental management. In a memorandum of understanding with the City of Atlanta, the Piedmont Park Conservancy is able to raise funds on behalf of Piedmont Park and actively play a role in the day-to-day operations within the Park.

Since its inception, the Conservancy has invested over $66 million in capital investments to preserve and enhances historic Piedmont Park. The Park provides beautiful and clean greenspace, and several amenities to its visitors including the Active Oval, off-leash dog parks, a farmers market, pool, camp program and more. The Conservancy focuses on operational excellence including best practice environmental management and beautification.

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Recognition & Awards

Community Recognition

  • 2020 Best Dog-Friendly Date Spots in Georgia, Trips to Discover, 2020
  • 2020 Top 5 Free Attractions, Atlanta Journal Constitution
  • 2015 Best Playground ITP, Atlanta Magazine
  • 2013, Great Place, City of Atlanta – Atlanta Regional Commission
  • 2003 Best of Atlanta Hall of Fame, Atlanta Magazine

Nonprofit Recognition

  • 2012 Revolutions Award – Outstanding Nonprofit Organization, Georgia Center for Nonprofits
    Presented to Piedmont Park Conservancy 
  • 2007 Inspiration Award, Park Pride
    Presented to Piedmont Park Conservancy
  • 2001 Civic Golden Glove Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, Park Pride
    Presented to Piedmont Park Conservancy

Staff Achievements

Greenspace, Building and Park Management Recognition

  • U.S. Green Building Council:
    -LEED Gold Certification: Piedmont Park Bathhouse and Pool (a.k.a. Greystone), registered 2006
    -LEED Silver Certification: Mayor’s Grove Restroom, registered 2007
    -Maintenance Shop designed to meet the requirements of LEED-NC v2.2 Silver Certification
  • 2014 TechBridge Technology Innovation Award Finalist
    Presented to Piedmont Park Conservancy
  • 2012 Professional Landscape Awards Distinction – Design/Build/Installation, Urban AG Council – Georgia
    Presented to Piedmont Park North Woods Expansion and Gibson Landscape Services
  • 2011 Award of Excellence, Atlanta Urban Design Commission
    Presented to Piedmont Park Historic Land Reclamation and Enhancement (Master Plan, Phase 1) for Parks and Landscape Design
  • 2011 Preservation Award, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
    Presented to Greystone, Piedmont Park Conservancy
  • 2010 Development of Excellence, ULI Atlanta
    Presented to Piedmont Park’s Greystone
  • 2010 Award of Excellence, Atlanta Urban Design Commission
    Presented to Piedmont Park’s Greystone for Parks and Landscape Design and Adaptive Re-Use
  • 2007 Piedmont Park Published as Comparable Sight for the National Mall Plan
    Publication: Best Management Practices Used at Urban Parks in National and International Location, A Background Report for the National Mall Plan
  • 2004 Award of Excellence, Atlanta Urban Design Commission
    Presented to Clara Meer Bridge for Parks Design
  • 2004 Preservation Award, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
    Presented to Piedmont Park Conservancy
  • 2002 Award of Excellence, Atlanta Urban Design Commission
    Presented to Piedmont Park’s Oak Hill Renovation for Park Design
  • 2002 Honor Award, American Society of Landscape Architects
    Presented to Piedmont Park’s Historic Oak Hill Renovation and HOK Planning Group
  • 1899-1999 ASLA Centennial Medallion, The American Society of Landscape Architects
    Presented to Piedmont Park

Speaking Engagements

Seeking someone from the Piedmont Park Conservancy to talk about environmental and park management to your group? Email the Director of Communications, Amy Han Risher, at arisher@piedmontpark.org. Please include the topic, location, potential dates and other relevant information. Dependent on availability.

Sustainability Policy

The Piedmont Park Conservancy is actively incorporating sustainable actions and behaviors into all aspects of the Conservancy’s operations in an effort to commit to the social, economic and environmental factors that result in a Park that remains viable for future generations. 

View our sustainability policy here.