In this unique deep dive workshop, learn how four different cities are engaging with historically-marginalized populations to reinterpret their history and narratives in parks. Speakers will share their community-engaged research working with First Nations and African American communities to generate counter narratives that can empower underrepresented voices in the park planning, design and programming processes.
The workshop looks at unique approaches to creating culturally informed "sense of place" that leads to strong emotional connections between communities and their public spaces. Creating spaces within our parks that foster these connections leads to the creation of park stewards and champions. Demonstrating care for people and their stories fosters reciprocity and a sense of community, which embodies the intent of the public commons.