Director of Marketing, Communications & Public Relations of Piedmont Park Conservancy Amy Risher is in studio today. Joined by co-hosts Carol Morgan and Todd Schnick, Risher discusses her position, the organization and upcoming events at Piedmont Park on this episode of Around Atlanta Radio.
Risher moved from Savannah to the Atlanta area over ten years ago and has lived in and around metro Atlanta, including near Piedmont Park. Consistently found in Piedmont Park, on the Atlanta BeltLine, at the Farmer’s Market or at other local favorites, Risher is no stranger to the latest happenings in Atlanta.
The Piedmont Park Conservancy serves to preserve and enhance Piedmont Park. The organization works to add value to Piedmont Park, ensuring everyone has a pleasant experience while in the beloved Atlanta attraction. Piedmont Park is spread out over 200 acres of land and has existed in Atlanta for over 100 years. Prior to its creation in 1904, Piedmont Park was a forest turned into farmland and home to the 1800s Cotton State Exposition.
“It has seen a lot of evolving over the years,” said Risher. “It really does play a big role in the history of the park. It has been a gathering place for political movements, some of our largest festivals and cultural gatherings. It’s the home of the Jazz Festival, Dogwood Festival, Arts Festival and Pride.”
Piedmont Park is home to various events throughout the year. The Conservancy hosts many events including free yoga, Doggy Dash and 5k, a Farmer’s Market and history tours. While the Piedmont Park Conservancy is responsible for a large number of events taking place in the park, other community groups and organizations bring fun to the central Atlanta location as well. Unofficial gatherings also take place including family reunions, ultimate frisbee games and the occasional Corgi meetup!
“One of the things the Conservancy focuses on is trying to consult on any events we have and event management,” said Risher. “We are always there to advocate on leaving some of the park passive and event-free. There are usually over 100 acres available to the public at all times.”
Areas that do not typically see events include most of the dog parks and trails. The northern part of Piedmont Park houses the Carriage Trail for people to utilize for bike riding and running. This trail is almost always open to the public.
For more information on giving back, membership, how to get involved, upcoming events and more at the Piedmont Park Conservancy, visit www.PiedmontPark.org. You can also call 404-875-7275 during park office hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Make sure to listen to the full interview posted above!
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