One of four exciting tracks for the upcoming Greater & Greener conference is “Co-Creating Civic Life.” Urban parks have shown their true value during these last few challenging years. Not only did they emerge as safe spaces for people to find refuge, solace, (socially distanced) community, and connection during the height of the pandemic, they’ve also served as launching pads and organizing spaces for social justice protests where all voices could be heard.
Yet it wasn’t always so. Cities have a long history of segregation and active discrimination, reflected in persistent underfunding of green spaces in many neighborhoods, which often fall along stark racial boundaries, or parks and public realm spaces that felt exclusive to some.
In many places, residents, leaders, and government are coming together to ensure urban park systems reflect local diversity and respond to community needs and interests. Communities are grappling with issues like gentrification and how to respectfully incorporate, preserve and present historical land use into present-day parks, and how to actively engage surrounding communities into building welcoming and representative spaces.
We’ll explore these issues and more at Greater & Greener through sessions such as:
- Successful Advocacy for Accessible Parks and Healthier Neighborhoods (Innovation Round)
- Reclaiming Lost Histories with Revitalized Public Spaces (Panel)
- Designing Equitable and Welcoming Public Spaces (Panel)
- Covering a Highway and Uncovering the Power of Partnerships and People: The New Penn’s Landing Park (Mobile Workshop)
- Arts, Culture and Creative Placemaking (Panel)
- It Takes a Village (Mobile Workshop)
Authentic and inclusive design, programming, and management for and by diverse populations have the power to showcase local cultures and to support civic participation.
Early-bird registration is now open. Don’t miss out on the best rates of the year!
The Co-Creating Civic Life program track is sponsored by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: