The New Case for Parks

20th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference

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Keynote Speakers


 

Rising to Challenges during a Difficult Year

Alfred Bangoura, CPRP
Superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Superintendent Al Bangoura reviews how one of the top park systems in the country has evolved through its 138-year history, and focuses on how the chaotic, heartbreaking and unprecedented events of 2020 showed us that parks and open spaces are more important than ever before.

Continuing Education Credit Quizzes – Must Be Completed by July 2

Certified Park & Recreation Professionals: Click to take the quiz for documentation for CEU-equivalence

Landscape Architects: Click to take the quiz for LACES-approved credits (offered through Georgia Chapter of ASLA)

AICP Professionals: No need to take a quiz. Simply log your hours on APA’s website.

 

Revisiting the Commons

Kofi Boone, FASLA
University Faculty Scholar and Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at NC  State University in the College of Design

The Twin Pandemics of 2020–COVID-19 and the reckoning over racial justice–forced critical examination across built environmental fields. How can we enable more equitable design, planning, and policies affecting our public spaces? This presentation revisits the idea of “The Commons” with an emphasis on its potential to address equity associated with parks and green spaces.

Continuing Education Credit Quizzes – Must Be Completed by July 2

Certified Park and Recreation Professionals: Click to take the quiz for documentation for CEU-equivalence

Landscape Architects: This session is not eligible for continuing education

AICP Professionals: No need to take a quiz. Simply log your hours on APA’s website.

 

Zombies, Sports, and Cola: Implications For Communicating Extreme Weather and Climate Change

J. Marshall Shepherd, PhD
Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia

In this oddly-titled lecture, Dr. Shepherd will explore contemporary issues of weather and climate change from his lens as a scientist, professor, and communicator. He explores, in an accessible and enjoyable manner, the barriers associated with how people consume complex science topics. You will also walk away with a new knowledge about extreme weather and climate change. And he promises the title will make sense at the end.

Continuing Education Credit Quizzes – Must Be Completed by July 2

Certified Park & Recreation Professionals: Click to take the quiz for documentation for CEU-equivalence

Landscape Architects: This session is not eligible for continuing education

AICP Professionals: No need to take a quiz. Simply log your hours on APA’s website.

 

Supporting Equitable Access to Nature: The Story of BLISS Meadows and a Call for Action

Atiya Wells, RN
Pediatric nurse, outdoor educator, and the Founder/Executive Director of Backyard Basecamp, Inc. 

Hear from Atiya Wells, founder of Backyard Basecamp in Baltimore City, as she discusses the importance of equity in greenspace creation and cultivation.  With their BLISS Meadows project, Backyard Basecamp has reclaimed 10-acres of vacant land in their neighborhood to be used as a place for environmental education and community greenspace.

Continuing Education Credit Quizzes – Must Be Completed by July 2

Certified Park & Recreation Professional: Click to take the quiz for documentation for CEU-equivalence

Landscape Architects: Click to take the quiz for LACES-approved credits (offered through Georgia Chapter of ASLA)

AICP Professionals: No need to take a quiz. Simply log your hours on APA’s website.

 

 

Breakout Sessions


What does it mean to belong? Building Radical Inclusivity through Play

Panel:
  • Meghan Talarowski (moderator) – Executive Director, Studio Ludo
  • Cody QJ Goldberg – Executive Director, Harper’s Playground
  • Harrison Pinckney, PhD – Assistant Professor, Clemson University

The panel will examine public play spaces and the oppressive structural and social barriers preventing equal access to play. Many of us have foundational memories while at play that define our future selves. Every child deserves the opportunity for these experiences. Through personal stories and research, this session will examine what it means to belong in public space, in particular public play space. We will explore the radical changes needed to provide public play opportunities that are more equitable across race, gender, class, and ability levels.

Continuing Education Credit Quizzes – Must Be Completed by July 2

Certified Park & Recreation Professional: Click to take the quiz for documentation for CEU-equivalence

Landscape Architects: Click to take the quiz for LACES-approved credits (offered through Georgia Chapter of ASLA)

AICP Professionals: No need to take a quiz. Simply log your hours on APA’s website.

 

The Green Tipping Point: Greenspace as a Catalyst for Community Preservation & Prosperity

Panel:

Seen on both the local and national landscape, greenspace development can be a driver of gentrification and displacement. But must this be the case? This session, facilitated by RCE Greater Atlanta*, uplifts the real time, yet-to-be-completed case study of Atlanta’s Westside Park. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate with residents and local experts in an interactive session to examine the role of greenspace as a catalyst to enhance rather than disrupt the quality of life for legacy residents. Together we will explore how multi-stakeholder groups like the RCE network and others can support community-led efforts to prevent and repair the negative effects of green gentrification through equity-centered proactive engagement.

*RCE Greater Atlanta is a United Nations-affiliated regional sustainability network that supports multi-stakeholder implementation of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals through education and training. It is one of over 175 Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development around the world. This session has been planned and co-hosted with Jennifer Hirsch, Director of Serve-Learn-Sustain at Georgia Tech and Co-Founder and Member of RCE Greater Atlanta and Nancy Larson, LEED Consultant, Envision Realty Services and Co-lead, RCE Greater Atlanta Business Engagement Action Group.

Continuing Education Credit Quizzes – Must Be Completed by July 2

Certified Park & Recreation Professionals: Click to take the quiz for documentation for CEU-equivalence

Landscape Architects: Click to take the quiz for LACES-approved credits (offered through Georgia Chapter of ASLA)

AICP Professionals: No need to take a quiz. Simply log your hours on APA’s website.

 

A New Way of Looking at Parks: Public Health and Design Perspectives

Panel:
  • Deborah Cohen, MD, MPH – Research Scientist, Division of Behavioral Health, Kaiser Permanente
  • Diana Fernandez, ASLA, PLA – Senior Associate, Sasaki

We are examining parks with fresh eyes. We have long known that parks and greenspaces benefit our health and that access to quality parks and greenspaces isn’t equitable. How should we reframe our expectations for parks in this emerging post-pandemic, injustice-aware world? This session examines this questions with two thought leaders who are exploring this question through both research and practice.  A more nuanced perspective of park design and management is emerging to truly sere users of all ages, genders, abilities, and backgrounds.. Greater prioritization of and investment in green spaces in vulnerable communities is key to building stronger, healthier, more resilient communities in the 21st century.

Continuing Education Credit Quizzes – Must Be Completed by July 2

Certified Park & Recreation Professionals: Click to take the quiz for documentation for CEU-equivalence

Landscape Architects: Click to take the quiz for LACES-approved credits (offered through Georgia Chapter of ASLA)

AICP Professionals: No need to take a quiz. Simply log your hours on APA’s website.

 

 

 

2021 Conference Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Community Engagement Sponsor

Georgia Power

Community Building Sponsor

The Home Depot Foundation

Conference Production Sponsor

Apple Box

Activator

Kaiser Permanente

Hero

ASLA Georgia
The Conservation Fund
HGOR
Integrated Land Design
The Trust for Public Land

Advocate

ADS & Playground Creations
Chick-fil-A
Cooper Carry
Georgia-Pacific
Jones Day
Kompan
Lord Aeck Sargent
Perez Planning + Design
Piedmont Park Conservancy
Playworld Preferred
REI
Smith Dalia Architects
Starr Whitehouse
Sylvatica

Friend

Georgia Planning Association
Woodruff Park
NewFields