Assisting in Emergencies: Piedmont Park Conservancy Hosts Staff CPR Training and Installs AED Devices

On an early spring day, a Park visitor was playing soccer on the Active Oval when he suddenly fell to the ground. He was experiencing a major heart attack at just over 30 years old. Luckily, his friends were medical professionals and thought to run to the Tennis Center for help. They found an automated external defibrillator (AED) device which they used to keep his heart beating while they waited for an ambulance.

With over 78,000 athletes coming to Piedmont Park every year, things happen. Medical emergencies, on the other hand, are few and far between. The incident prompted the Conservancy staff to explore how they could respond to similar situations while working in the Park.

The Piedmont Park Conservancy was accepted into the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta’s 2018 Fall Extra Wish catalogue, where two generous donors provided the funding for three new AED devices. Additionally, the Conservancy decided to host two CPR training courses for the staff. The inclusion of the extra AED devices and staff training empowers the Piedmont Park Conservancy to provide assistance in a situation that may arise during their daily operations.

As of May 2019, over 80% of the Piedmont Park Conservancy staff has been trained on how to perform CPR and use an AED device. Mark Banta, President and CEO of the Conservancy, said of the training, “While there are no guarantees in life, the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest with the use of an AED device increases to about 40% or higher as opposed to 5%. We’re thrilled to have received this equipment and training in an attempt to improve the chances of survival.”

We hope to continue providing a gathering place for all Atlantans because we believe that a healthy and sustainable Park greatly contributes to a healthy and sustainable Atlanta.

Reminder: Always call 911 in case of emergency. After calling 911, if you see a Piedmont Park Conservancy staff member during working hours, please notify them of your emergency.

Have Fun in the Sun at Piedmont Park: Ultimate Summer Bucket List

Are you looking for something to do this summer besides sitting at home? If so, then search no longer. Piedmont Park offers many exciting outdoor activities to keep you engaged all summer long. Here’s a few things to scratch off your bucket list:

1. Sweat on the Volleyball Courts on Free Play Fridays

Invite your family or friends for a fun game of volleyball in the Park. The Active Oval has two sand volleyball courts open for reservations every day except on Fridays. Otherwise it is first come, first serve!  https://www.piedmontpark.org/things-to-do/sports/

2. Hit Your Stride on the Track in the Active Oval

Whether you’re an early morning runner or late night jogger, the Active Oval is perfect for you. A former horse track, this location is great for exercise. Whether you sweat it out on the track or field there’s always a way to stay fit in the Park.

3. Bend it out at Yoga on the Promenade

Who knew getting in shape could be so peaceful? Every fourth Monday of the month, the Piedmont Park Conservancy along with Sprouts Farmer’s Market is offering free yoga to visitors like you. So, grab a mat and meet at the Promenade by 7PM! https://www.piedmontpark.org/fitness-health/

4. Make a Splash in the Pool with Your Friends

Wondering how you’re going to survive the summer heat? The answer is the pool. With temperatures rising each week, it’s important to stay cool. Join your friends at the pool this season from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. https://www.piedmontpark.org/aquatics-pool/

5. Pitch in to Volunteer at the Park

If you have a desire to help the community and make an environmental difference, then become a volunteer. The Park relies on thousands of volunteers to assist with preservation and restoration, special events, tours and more. Support the Park today! https://www.piedmontpark.org/support-the-park/volunteer/

6. Meet Your Local Farmer at the Green Market

Most park visitors who workout care about what they eat, too. If this is you, then stop by the Green Market on Saturdays from 9AM to 1PM. The market connects you to local farmers, fresh produce,chef demonstrations and more.   https://www.piedmontpark.org/green-market/

7. Bring Your Pup to the Dog Parks

It’s been said “dogs are a man’s best friend”. What better way to treat your best buddy than to a play date? The Park provides three acres for your furry friends to run off-leash until tired. Come visit with your pet this summer! https://www.piedmontpark.org/dog-parks/

8. Connect with the Outdoors at the Conservancy Naturalist Booth

Do you like being outdoors? If so, then visit the Naturalist booth this summer. The booth is a fun, educational way to interact with visitors by providing useful information about nature, bees and the environment. The best part is, it’s free!

9. Grab a Bite and Hear the Music of Green Market’s Live Bands

Not only does the market provide sustainable food options, but also entertainment. Visitors that enjoy a good time should arrive at the Visitor’s Center by 10AM on Saturdays to watch live performances by talented musicians. https://www.piedmontpark.org/green-market/

Looking for interesting things to do this summer? Visit www.piedmontpark.org/calendar

Author: Amari Woods