Oakland Cemetery receives community grant

Historic Oakland Cemetery is one of 15 recipients of a capital improvement grant from Park Pride, an organization that works with communities in Atlanta and DeKalb County to improve their parks.

“Great parks aren’t created in a vacuum. Strong communities build great parks, and we see clear examples of this in our 2014 grant recipients,” said Michael Halicki, Park Pride’s executive director.

Park Pride awarded Oakland Cemetery an $8,500 Community Building grant through the organization’s matching grant program, which is supported in part by The Home Depot Foundation. The grant will supplement Oakland’s Benches & Bins campaign, which will bring additional wrought iron benches and waste receptacles to high-traffic areas in Atlanta’s oldest cemetery.

Park Pride’s Community Building Grants range from $1,000 to $50,000, and help communities in the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County implement lasting improvements to parks. Park Pride began re-granting funds to community groups in 2004, offering awards of varying amounts to groups seeking to revitalize their community greenspaces.

Information: www.oaklandcemetery.com, www.parkpride.org.

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