Help Me Help the Park: Erin Yabroudy

Letter from Piedmont Park Conservancy Board Member Erin Yabroudy

This year has brought so many challenges that no one could have ever expected. Like so many others, I have faced uncertainty, had to adapt and pause for deep reflection. But through it all, Piedmont Park has remained a staple for my family, as I’m sure it has for you.

When I walk through the Park, I see a space that welcomes all. I believe that Piedmont Park is where people from all walks of life can come together. It’s also a place where we can safely make precious memories with loved ones, be active or take moments to clear our heads when the world around us seems uncertain.

Thanks to you, the Piedmont Park Conservancy is able to maintain a space that is safe, welcoming, and free for everyone to enjoy. But, the Conservancy needs your help more than ever. To help preserve and uphold the beauty of our Park, please join me in making an additional gift today. if you are able.

And thanks to a generous gift by two anonymous board members, all gifts made through July 31, up to $50,000, will be matched!  I’ve increased my support this year to help the Park in these uncertain times.  Please consider doing so as well – make your gift today.

Thank you for your continued support. Without people like you, none of this would be possible.

Thank you in advance,

Erin Yabroudy
Piedmont Park Conservancy Board Member

P.S. To hear more about why our family cares about Piedmont Park, enjoy the video below.

Piedmont Park Feeds the Gorillas, Elephants and More at Zoo Atlanta

The next time you go to Zoo Atlanta pay attention to what some of the animals are eating. You might recognize some of the food as plants you see at Piedmont Park.

You heard us right! The heart of downtown Atlanta is now a food source for the animals that live in Zoo Atlanta. 

Photo Credit: Zoo Atlanta

A few weeks ago, a staff member from Zoo Atlanta reached out to the Piedmont Park Conservancy to let us know about their Browse Program. The Zoo collects browse, leafy plants that many animals use as food in their natural habitats, from a few other businesses and parks around Atlanta. Our friends at the Zoo thought Piedmont Park could be a great source of these plants. 

It turns out that they were right! After a visit to the Park, Zoo Atlanta let us know that some of the plant species found in Piedmont Park would qualify as browse. Some examples include privet, bush honeysuckle, and elaeagnus, all invasive species that are regularly removed from the Park. It is worth noting that vines like english ivy can actually be poisonous to the animals. 

Thanks to our fantastic volunteers, Piedmont Park is able to provide about eight to 10 bags of these plants to the Zoo on a regular basis. Since the Park is so large, we are able to be a consistent source of these materials for the Zoo, and the Conservancy will continue to supply the Zoo with browse for the foreseeable future. 

The next time you visit Zoo Atlanta, pay special attention to the Gorillas, Elephants, Zebras, and monkeys you might recognize their snack! 

Photo Credit: Zoo Atlanta

Want to help? Volunteer or donate to the Piedmont Park Conservancy.

Five Fun and Distant Family Activities

Have some summer fun in the Park with your family! Here are five socially distant  activities you can do in the Park.

  • Connect with Nature

Download our Backyard Birding activity, and see how many types of birds you can spot in Piedmont Park. You can also use our “iNaturalist Companion” download to take a hike around the Park.

  • Family Picnic

If you’re in the mood for a more relaxing day, sit on the Front Lawn and have a picnic. All you need is a blanket and a cooler full of your favorite foods.

  • Scavenger Hunt

Another great idea to keep the whole family entertained is a scavenger hunt. Download our Piedmont Park Nature Scavenger Hunt. We recommend starting your journey at the Welcome Plaza.
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  • Family Field Day

For an active experience, host a family field day! Bring a frisbee, soccer ball or football, and visit one of the many open fields at the Park to play all day.

  • Arts and Crafts

Finally, just have a quiet day with your loved ones. Find a shady spot and do some arts and crafts. Bring a mat for easy cleanup and finger paint. You could also make your own giant bubbles, impression sculptures with fallen leaves or beaded sun catchers. The possibilities are really endless.

We hope you are inspired by some of these activities and have a great day spending quality time with your loved ones! 

Want more? Find several family fun activities on our online learning hub. Also, receive updates and stay connected with live readings, YouTube activities and more by subscribing to our “Connect and Learn” Instagram page: @piedmontlearns

Author: Olivia O’Brien

We Need More Hands- Volunteer With Us!

Piedmont Park has been fortunate to be open as a resource for all Atlantans to access fresh air and beautiful greenspace. Although, more visitors naturally means more trash and litter. We are currently seeking small groups (no larger than 10) or individual volunteers to help clean and beautify Piedmont Park.

Watch our video highlighting team member, Michael Paul, who started as a dedicated volunteer for the Piedmont Park Conservancy.


If you are healthy and willing, please volunteer for the Piedmont Park Conservancy in the coming weeks. Tasks include trash pick up, mulching, weeding, pruning and removing invasive plants. Volunteer support relieves some of the pressure on our full-time landscapers and helps to maintain the Park as a beautiful oasis. Special volunteer guidelines apply. 

If you are interested in volunteering please email volunteer@piedmontpark.org for more information.

The Future is Green (Video)

As our community begins to look forward, we have learned that there are things we can control and things we cannot. Making sure that we protect and invest in Piedmont Park is something we can control together as a community. We ask that you look toward this future with us.

Piedmont Park adds value to our city in many ways such as boosting our economy, contributing to our physical and mental health, and serving as Atlanta’s epicenter of culture. We must gather our resources together to preserve and enhance the Park so that we can ensure a bright and healthy future for our city. We believe that the success and health of future generations of Atlantans is linked to the prosperity and overall welfare of Piedmont Park. 

This is why the Conservancy works everyday to develop Piedmont Park as a cleaner, greener and healthier piece of essential urban infrastructure. For us to continue to provide this vibrant pathway of sustainable health and success for our community, we need your support. We rely on you to help us fulfill our mission of inspiring life in the heart of Atlanta.

Consider making a donation today and help us ensure that ‘Our Future is Green.’

Over 70 Trees Planted in Piedmont Park

With a rapidly increasing population in Atlanta, fighting negative environmental impacts can seem impossible. However, the solution to this issue can be found in Piedmont Park: trees.

To prepare for the increase in visitors that spring brings, the Piedmont Park Conservancy has been hard at work over the past two months to ensure that the Park stays green and gorgeous for all. After collaborating with Trees Atlanta, Grady High School and our own staff and board members, 74 new trees were planted on Oak Hill, the Meadow and in the Dog Parks. These trees will help keep the Park cooler during the warm spring and summer months, remove pollution from the air and be a home for native birds and other pollinators.

Urban trees provide a multitude of benefits for all Park visitors including clean air, shade in the summer, a food source for pollinators and  a connection to a place and time. Newly planted trees offer hope for the future, and mature trees that live for 100 years act as historical markers for time and events. – Erica Glasener, Community Involvement and Events Manager

The Piedmont Park Conservancy is looking forward to continuing our dedication to providing a green space that is clean, safe and beautiful. However, we cannot do it alone. Your donation supports our efforts and keeps historic Piedmont Park clean, green and active.

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Bee Aware: Spring May Bring Honeybee Colonies to Piedmont Park

If you’ve visited Piedmont Park recently, you may have noticed something unusual in the trees near the Invesco Beehives in the Piedmont Commons. You may also wonder if it was left there on accident.

Photo Credit: Bee Downtown

These biodegradable landscaping pots were hung in the trees on purpose by our friends at Bee Downtown. The pots are called “swarm traps” and are used for best beekeeping practices from the months of March through July. Honeybee colonies grow quickly, and when they outgrow their hive, spread through a process called swarming.

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Photo Credit: Bee Downtown

When a colony swarms, 60% of the bees leave the hive to search for a new one. The group takes flight, clusters up and latches on to whatever they can find while scout bees look for a new home. This is where the swarm traps are put to use. They provide a home for the colony and allow Bee Downtown to safely relocate the bees to a more permanent home.

While alarming at first, honeybee swarms are harmless. The bees have no home so they have nothing to defend and their bellies are so full of honey that they can’t bend over to sting!

Photo Credit: Bee Downtown

If you see a swarm anywhere, whether it’s on a tree or in a box, please call or text the Lead BDT Beekeeper, Nick Weaver, at 678-779-8143 or Pam Allen at 770-310-1673. 

If you have any bee-related questions or concerns, please email info@bee-downtown.com

Top Ways to Celebrate Your Wedding in Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park is no stranger to celebrating people’s most precious moments. From learning to ride a bike to daily strolls to keep active, Piedmont Park plays a role in all generations’ lifestyles! Now you’re engaged, and you are searching for the perfect spots to commemorate your wedding! Check out these top ways YOU can celebrate your wedding in Piedmont Park.

Engagement and Wedding Photos

One of the most popular destinations for pictures, Piedmont Park offers several vantage points to Atlanta’s fiancés and newlyweds!

Wedding Venues

Piedmont Park has three historic, gorgeous venues available to searching brides and grooms. The historical buildings, beautiful landscaping and iconic monuments in Piedmont Park create a unique fairy tale day for any wedding couple.

Dockside – Recite your vows on the dock or lush green lawn followed by a reception in the historic Visitor’s Center (under 50 guests), or any of our other rental venues.

Greystone – Host your ceremony on the back terrace overlooking the pool and Lake Clara Meer followed by an elegant reception inside the stately venue.

Magnolia Hall – Imagine your special day on a lush green lawn, just steps away from the renovated historic stable where your guests will enjoy dinner and dancing.

Rehearsal Dinner

Have your hopes set on a different venue, but want to incorporate Piedmont Park? Host your rehearsal dinner at one of Piedmont Park’s venues. Guests can enjoys walks before, during or after your dinner. Family will want to take those once-in-a-lifetime opportunity photos against the Atlanta skyline. People will be able to enjoy an iconic piece of Atlanta while still celebrating your union!

2020 Spring and Summer Events (Podcast)

Do you know what is coming up in Piedmont Park this year? Enjoy this podcast with the Piedmont Park Conservancy and the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio to get the scoop on 2020 events!

Original Blog and Podcast

Winter Works (Video)

Winter is the Conservancy’s time to shine! From restoring playgrounds and historical buildings to planting trees and raking leaves (so many leaves…), the Piedmont Park Conservancy is as busy as ever.

The winter months are crucial to building the foundation of a healthy park that leads to a beautiful spring, summer and fall to be enjoyed by all visitors.

“We are a 365 days a year Park.”

See what members of the Piedmont Park Conservancy operations team had to say about maintaining the Park in the winter.


Year-round support from park passionate individuals is essential to help us achieve our mission of keeping Piedmont Park clean, green, safe and active.