Park Pride Parks and Greenspace Conference

Parks & People: A Declaration of Interdependence




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Overview

Parks & People: A Declaration of Interdependence

What makes a park great? This is the question at the center of the 2015 Parks and Greenspace Conference theme.

Great parks don't happen by accident. Atlanta's Woodruff Park illustrates an inspiring example of how iconic spaces have been brought back from the brink of despair and disuse by a group of committed community members, businesses, and initiatives. All over the world, languishing public spaces have been re-invented by strong community interventions, deliberate design and programming and strategic partnerships.

It is clear that there is a symbiotic relationship between a community and its park that creates either success or disaster. The theme of this year's conference, "Parks and People: A Declaration of Interdependence," explores the direct (and often complex) relationships between engaged communities and successful parks.


Keynote Speakers

The Parks & Greenspace Conference will feature three Keynote speakers, as well as eight to ten breakout session presenters focusing on different aspects of the interdependence of parks and communities. Speakers and session topics will be announced as they are confirmed.

Alexie Photo     Alexie Torres-Fleming is the Executive Director of Access Strategies Fund, and an activist, community organizer, advocate and urban planner from the South Bronx, NY. She co-founded the Bronx River Alliance and the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance to support community residents of the South Bronx committed to the reclamation and restoration of the Bronx River. The organizations' successes included the clean-up of an abandoned concrete plant and a manufactured gas plant, the expansion of the Bronx River bike and pedestrian greenway and development of green infrastructure to contain storm water and mitigate sewage overflow.

Peter Photo     Peter Harnik is Director of The Trust for Public Land's Center for City Park Excellence. He has led numerous research projects into what makes for great park systems, and he speaks frequently and writes widely about the relationship between cities and parks. His most recent book, Urban Green: Innolefte Parks for Resurgent Cities, published in 2010 by Island Press, was named one of the five best books of that year by the American Society of Landscape Architects' blog.




Who Should Attend

This year's conference theme is broad, and as such we'll have multiple concurrent sessions within the program geared toward audiences from a wide range of backgrounds. Topics covered at the Parks and Greenspace Conference will appeal to:

  • Community members and leaders
  • Park professionals
  • Park advocates
  • Architects and landscape architects
  • Urban designers
  • Real-estate developers and professionals
  • Urban planners
  • Government policy makers
  • Elected officials
  • Civil engineers
  • Environmental lawyers



Registration

Early bird registration is now open ($135). Register today!

Price will increase to the regular registration cost ($145) at 11:59pm on Sunday, February 15. Late registration ($175) will begin at 11:59pm on Sunday, March 15).