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Officials Set to Unveil $1.6M Rebuild, Revival of Historic Butler Park
Officials Set to Unveil $1.6M Rebuild, Revival of Historic Butler Park

ATLANTA (Oct. 18, 2011) – After months of planning and construction as a result of collaboration with partner and sponsor organizations, as well as the City of Atlanta, representatives of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and its grassroots initiative, America’s Backyard, are ready to host the grand re-opening of historic Selena Butler Park in Atlanta on Wed., Nov. 2 at 4 p.m.

NRPA CEO Barbara Tulipane announced in April the D.C.-based nonprofit’s plans to duplicate the Parks Build Community initiative on Atlanta’s Butler Park – named for an iconic figure in the struggle for racial equality in American education and cofounder of the National Parent-Teacher Association. In just seven months, Butler Park has undergone a massive facelift to the tune of $1.6 million.

“Two years ago, we decided to dedicate resources and forge new partnerships to proactively revive local parks in underserved urban areas,” says Tulipane. “Parks Build Community’s seamless duplication from D.C. to Atlanta provides the necessary momentum and proven success to deploy the initiative in new cities in the future.”

Nearly destroyed by tornadoes in 2008 that ripped through Georgia’s capital, Butler Park was left in dire need of repair. NRPA’s revitalization has not only repaired the park, but transformed it into a model for other urban parks nationwide. Additions include an active use plaza, playground equipment, a picnic/grill area, basketball and tennis courts, a multi-purpose field, a walking path and a community garden.

“Our vision was made possible through donations, contributions and ongoing public-private partnerships with a long list of dedicated companies and organizations,” says Tulipane. “If every city to which we bring Parks Build Community is as accommodating and enthusiastic as Atlanta, this initiative will become commonplace in major metropolitan areas across the nation.”

In a proven model of collaborative success, NRPA is working with various sponsor and partner organizations – from PlayCore and Converse to the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) and the City of Atlanta Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (DPRCA).

For more information call 404-446-1677 or visit www.nrpa.org/parksbuildcommunity.