How Much Nature Is Enough?

120 minutes a week, Doctors say. Researchers have now quantified the ideal amount of time needed to reap the health benefits of the great outdoors. Read more…

Volunteer Opportunities

Saturdays at 9:00 am – We Need You! To help clear out invasive plant material, plant native plants, clean signage and mulch shrub beds. Whether you need to fulfill community service hours, want to meet new neighbors or you just want to dig in the dirt – we have plenty of work to do to keep you busy. So, please mark your calendars and join us! Bring work gloves a reusable water bottle. Visit atlantaolmstedpark.org/volunteer to register. If you are interested in coordinating a work day during the week, please contact Sandy Kruger at atlantaolmstedpark@gmail.com.

March 16 – Dellwood – eastern end across from The Cator Woolford Garden entrance

April 27 – Deepdene

May 18 – Virgilee, Springdale – Talk in the Park with Jennie following workday

June 15 – Bird-Habitat Sanctuary Dedication with Atlanta Audubon Society and Volunteer Appreciation Day

July 20 – Cancelled

August 17 – Deepdene

September 21 – TBD

October 19 – Deepdene – clear invasive plants

November 16 – Deepdene

Why Parks Matter and Why Olmsted’s Work is Still Relevant Today?



Improving Health Through Public Parks and Trails

The National Park Service (NPS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated to identify eight measures that can be used to link parks and trails to public health goals. The attached “Improving Public Health through Public Parks and Trails: Eight Common Measures” report and talking points are the result. 

The first three measures may be particularly useful in documenting infrastructure needs for Safe Routes to Parks programs and tracking the U.S. Community Preventive Service Task Force’s Community Guide finding that access to parks and trails combined with improved walk/bike routes can increase physical activity.

Read more: Parks, Trails and Health Workbook



Olmsted Linear Park Receives National Recognition

Beyond the High Line: 8 linear parks that have transformed cities – Curbed.com

Atlanta’s Green spaces To Join the “Old Growth Network” – www.npr.com

Atlanta’s Old Growth Forest Gain National Recognition – www.myajc.com

Wilderness Is Closer Than You Think – Sierra Magazine, May-June 2017