Urban pollinator parks – Vine City Park.

Standing in the shadow of Mercedez Benz Stadium in Atlanta is the newly renovated Vine City Park. A greenspace project for the Vine City community, planned and constructed by the Conservation fundPark PrideCity of Atlanta, Invest Atlanta, The Arthur Blank FoundationAtlanta Botanical Garden and many other volunteers and organizations. Almost 10 years in the making this space brings a much needed park to an urban space that was once blighted by abandoned houses, and overrun with kudzu.

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Two acre plot in 2004 where the Vine City Park now stands. Photo Credit: Park Pride

The new park provides the local community with a much needed play space, and an area to enjoy the natural environment. The Atlanta Botanical Garden (ABG) has installed three pollinator beds at the park, which have been maintained and are monitored for pollinator abundance and biodiversity. It is the hope of ABG and GAPP that urban pollinator gardens such as Vine City and Lindsay Street Park will become important links in a greenway that stretches across metro Atlanta to connect pollinators to their habitats.

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The Atlanta Botanical Garden team monitors pollinator diversity and abundance at Vine City Park

 

Co-blogged by GAPP + Jataysia Daniels, Greening Youth Foundation & Atlanta Botanical Garden Conservation Intern!