ATLANTA, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ch. 2 WSB-TV and The Trust for Public Land announced Linda Cotten Taylor as Atlanta's 2016 Cox Conserves Hero. The program honors volunteers who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces.
Cotten Taylor believes that park maintenance and improvement is everyone's duty versus just a few individuals. She brought this belief to life by securing funding to make improvements at Chapel Hill Park that include a playground, fishing pier, fitness stations and signage. In addition to being the park's lead fundraiser, she facilitates volunteer cleanups and works with the Parks Department on security issues. Cotten Taylor's nonprofit of choice, Park Pride, will receive $10,000 on her behalf. The two finalists each will receive $5,000 for their nonprofits of choice. Chris Beck selected Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve as his nonprofit of choice; Pauline Drake chose Park Pride. Previous recipients of Atlanta's Cox Conserves Heroes award are Tom Branch, Bob Scott, John Gordon, Donna Shearer, Na'Taki Osborne-Jelks, Angel Poventud and Don Wells. Financial support from Cox Conserves Heroes has helped create community gardens, build trails, plant trees, provide environmental education and maintain parks, as well as create outdoor classrooms and certified wildlife habitats at area schools throughout Metro Atlanta.