Approximately 8-12 proposals will be accepted for the concurrent session and tour presentations. Park Pride may request that similar or complimentary proposals be combined into panels for a more diverse dialog.
Pre-conference tours will be held on Saturday, March 19 or 26 (choose one). The format, time, and location of tours should be included in the proposal. Park Pride offers assistance in logistics and advertising for pre-conference tours.
Proposed sessions and tours should focus on one or more of the following areas:
We need parks that offer equitable access to quality parks and services. What can we learn from the history of inequities in our parks systems? How can we identify and dismantle barriers to equitable park access? How can the design of our parks and playgrounds reinforce inclusion as a value? How can we increase resources for parks in under resourced communities without contributing to gentrification? How can we reckon with and correct racial disparities in equitable parks access?
How do we secure the resources needed to acquire, develop, improve and maintain the parks we need? How can cities develop sustainable funding models that extend beyond a single fiscal year? How can we provide funding and support for parks that aligns with the multitude of benefits they provide? How can cities support and value a more robust “green collar” workforce that recognizes the expanded role of parks in our society?
Parks cannot meet the needs of community if they are not safe and welcoming. Parks are places where we find solace, where we take our children to play, and where we take part in our communities. How can we design parks that are inviting to all communities and cultures? What are creative solutions to enhance safety parks? How can we prevent criminal activity (and perceptions related to crime) from robbing us of our parks?
Resilience + Climate Change
We need parks that can support our communities in times of crisis and play an active role in reversing climate change. How have parks served double duty, not only as places for leisure, exercise and recreation, but also as emergency support networks within and between our neighborhoods? How can parks be our first line of defense as we weather climate change in urban areas? What else can parks and parks departments do to fight climate change?
We need parks that offer convenient, high-quality opportunities for health—to everyone. How can we leverage our distributed network of parks to enhance and support our collective and individual health? What role can parks play in increasing access to healthy foods, habits, and services? How can living within a 10-minute walk of a park improve your health and the health of your community? What has the COVID-19 pandemic taught us about park access, design, utilization, or safety?
The safety of our patrons and our staff is our number one priority. Proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result will be required of speakers and event attendees. Masks will be required during conference events.We are also following all federal, state and local guidelines for in-person gatherings as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If, at any time, we feel we cannot create and maintain a safe in-person event or if any federal, state or local restrictions prevent us from hosting an in-person event, we will switch from an in-person event to a high-quality virtual event.
By submitting a proposal, you acknowledge and agree to our safety guidelines in order to participate in the Parks and Greenspace Conference.
Submit a Presentation or Tour
Monday, November 21, 2021 by 5:00 pm