About Parksify. 'It began with a dream.'
Hi there. I'm Ash Blankenship, the founder of Parksify and the host of the Parksify Podcast. The story of Parksify begins in 2013 with a dream. While living in Washington, DC, I dreamt of a site called Parksify that shared stories about urban public spaces.
I awoke briefly to note the name of the site and quickly dozed off. When I woke up to start my day, the note next to my bed read “Parksify.” And this was the start of Parksify.
Within weeks Parksify was a blog on the Tumblr platform, and with social media accounts in hand, I began growing the site’s followers. Within months hundreds of folks were following and visiting the site each week.
The brand grew from my experience writing about the built environment for Urban Times and my interest in sharing stories related to urban public spaces.
I believe that everyone has a story to tell about an experience with a public spaces. Whether that related to visiting a neighborhood park as a kid, playing basketball at a nearby court, or lounging in a city park on a Saturday afternoon. Public spaces play a large part in our lives.
Currently my main focus is on growing the Parksify Podcast by securing and interviewing guests, growing followers and obtaining new Supporting Members, the core funding for Parksify.
In addition to the Parksify Podcast, I help clients manage their digital media including websites, email campaigns, social media, and I also help clients launch podcasts.
If you'd like to support Parksify, consider becoming a member, and receive great perks.