Park Pride's 19th Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference

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Parks & Greenspace Conference


Each year, Park Pride hosts the annual Parks & Greenspace Conference, the largest parks conference in the southeast, showcasing thought leaders from Atlanta and across the nation. Through education and inspiration, the conference focuses on best practices for companies and individuals who are united by a common desire to improve parks and strengthen communities.

Join us at the 2020 virtual conference where we will explore the theme, “The Nature of Our City.” Whether you live in a city center, the suburbs, or in the countryside, your ability to access and enjoy nature is a vital component for living a happy, healthy life.

However, for those who live in cities, parks can be one of the few, if not only, places to experience nature on a daily basis. Parks offer relief from the concrete, noise, and hurried pace that surrounds us. The slices of nature that exist in parks also serve as important infrastructure for our cities and support habitats for the other living things with which we share this planet.


Connect to the Theme


The conference program, consisting of keynote speakers and breakout sessions led by both local and national experts, will explore the relationship between parks and nature through discussions pertaining to:

  • Parks and health
  • Access to nature
  • Parks as Natural Infrastructure
  • Parks as Habitats
  • Parks as Reflections of a City’s Character, or Nature


Who Should Attend?


The Parks & Greenspace Conference offers something for everyone!

  • Parks & recreation professionals
  • Government policy makers
  • Architects & landscape architects
  • Urban planners
  • Citizens who want to build or improve a neighborhood park
  • Environmental & civil engineers
  • Real estate developers
  • Environmental lawyers
  • Anyone who loves parks!

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Contact Chad Nash, Corporate Relations Manager, ([email protected]) for more information.

Schedule

· Stage
Welcome and Introduction
Michael Halicki will open the 19th Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference
· Stage
Keynote Presentation: Kristine Stratton
Kristine will share ideas park advocates can do in their communities to address inequities and improve access to parks and nature in underserved communities.
Kristine Stratton
· Stage
Keynote Presentation: Diane Jones Allen
This presentation will showcase projects that exemplify the principles of environmental, social-cultural & economic sustainability through creative placemaking.
Diane Jones Allen
· Stage
Keynote Presentation: David Haskell
David Haskell will discuss how the surprising, often hidden, connections between trees and people sustain and enhance our lives.
David Haskell
· Sessions
Community Resilience from East Harlem to West Atlanta
Panelists share strategies to bolster community resilience through green infrastructure in two neighborhoods that face similar challenges.
Jacob Lange Na`Taki Osborne Jelks Brandon Taylor Michael Haggerty
· Stage
City Parks Now and in the Future
Learn how the pandemic, economic fall-out, and Black Lives Matter movement effect the critical role that parks play in meeting the needs of the public.
Catherine Nagel Kathryn Ott Lovell Mitchell Silver
· Sessions
Nature-Based Strategies for Climate & Social Resilience
Explore how parks and green spaces can support more resilient cities in the face of a changing climate.
Jill Dixon Katherine Hagemann Melanie Gárate Shelby Buso
· Stage
Keynote Presentation: Jason Ward
Jason has high hopes for the future of birding and conservation, but realizes that we have to improve on the current state of things in order to make it there.
Jason Ward
· Stage
Closing Remarks
· Sessions
Discussion Groups
Did one of the presentations spark an idea? Do you have thoughts to share? Join us to participate in live post-event discussions!

Speakers

Kathryn Ott Lovell
Kathryn Ott Lovell

Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Catherine Nagel
Catherine Nagel

Executive Director, City Parks Alliance

Michael Haggerty
Michael Haggerty

Senior Associate / Director of Urban Design and Planning, AICP, Assoc. AIA, Starr Whitehouse

Mitchell Silver
Mitchell Silver

FAICP, Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Kristine Stratton
Kristine Stratton

President & CEO, National Recreation and Park Association

Shelby Buso
Shelby Buso

Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Atlanta, Mayor's Office of One Atlanta

Melanie Gárate
Melanie Gárate

Climate Resiliency Project Manager, Mystic River Watershed Association

Katherine Hagemann
Katherine Hagemann

Resilience Program Manager for Adaptation, Office of Resilience, Miami-Dade County

Jill Dixon
Jill Dixon

Associate Principal, AICP, Sasaki

Jason Ward
Jason Ward

Naturalist, birder, & science communicator; Host of Birds of North America; CEO of “The BlackAFinSTEM Collective”

Brandon Taylor
Brandon Taylor

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, DREAM Charter School High School

Na`Taki Osborne Jelks
Na`Taki Osborne Jelks

Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, Spelman College

Jacob Lange
Jacob Lange

Principal / Atlanta Studio Director, RLA, LEED AP, Starr Whitehouse

David Haskell
David Haskell

Professor, The University of the South, sound recordist, scientist, and author

Diane Jones Allen
Diane Jones Allen

Program Director, Landscape Architecture Univ of Texas at Arlington & Principal Landscape Architect of DesignJones LLC

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Hosted by

Park Pride

Park Pride Mission To engage communities to activate the power of parks.

Booths

HELP DESK

HELP DESK

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Park Pride

Park Pride

Make a gift to Park Pride and receive a "Nature for All" t-shirt

ADS Playground Creations

ADS Playground Creations

We are all shaped by play.

Astra Group

Astra Group

Astra Group, the Southeast’s premier park builder

City of Atlanta Dept. of Watershed Management

City of Atlanta Dept. of Watershed Management

Working to Integrate Infrastructure Throughout the City of Atlanta

Cooper Carry

Cooper Carry

Connecting People to Place

The Conservation Fund

The Conservation Fund

Making Conservation Work for America

Dix.Hite

Dix.Hite

Connecting People to Place

Dominica Recreation Products | GameTime

Dominica Recreation Products | GameTime

Play Has No Limit.

Great Southern Recreation

Great Southern Recreation

Playground and Splash pad; Design and installation

Greenfields Outdoor Fitness

Greenfields Outdoor Fitness

Special Matching Funds Offer for Park Pride Attendees!

Integrated Land Design

Integrated Land Design

Design With Nature

KOMPAN

KOMPAN

KOMPAN is a world leader in innovative, research-based playground and outdoor sport & fitness solutions.

Long Engineering

Long Engineering

Committed to doing the best job we can on every project we undertake

The Nature Conservancy of Georgia

The Nature Conservancy of Georgia

Nature Unites Us

Parks with Purpose

Parks with Purpose

Building Parks That Build Communities

Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners

Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners

Making communities more livable, vibrant, and green.

The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land

Land for People

UGA College of Environment + Design

UGA College of Environment + Design

Degree and Certificate Programs in Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Environmental Planning and Design