Plenary Archive

  • University of Washington: How Olmsted Integrated a Campus into Seattle’s Public Open Space

    This mobile workshop will delve into the rich history of The University of Washington Campus and the lasting impact of the renowned Olmsted brothers.  Rel…

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  • Farming and Foraging: Growing Community in Beacon Food Forest

    Join us for a mobile workshop exploring Beacon Food Forest, affectionately known as "your BFF." This grassroots project, conceived by four friends studying foo…

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  • Protests and the Park: Evolving Community Needs in Cal Anderson Park

    Join us as we explore the evolving narrative of Cal Anderson Park and discuss the impact of community engagement in shaping this space. Learn about the collect…

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  • Practitioners of Color Share Challenges and Strategies

    The recognition of racism's impact on social, mental, and physical well-being is validating for BIPOC communities, but also difficult when many continue to exp…

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  • Funders Learning Network for Grant-Making Foundations

    Join your peers in philanthropy for a panel session featuring leaders in urban parks and public space grant-making, followed by a roundtable discussion. Watch …

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  • Supporting Parks Employees Through Traumatic Times

    The experience of the pandemic and its aftermath, including greater numbers of unhoused people in parks, has significantly impacted the work and mental health …

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  • Race-Conscious Language to Promote Equity in Nature

    Words matter. When we say our parks and natural spaces are for "all," are we actually glazing over certain stories and reinforcing ones that have always been t…

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  • Using Tech, Media and Art for Youth Programming and Engagement

    Post-pandemic, there has been a significant rise in teenage violence and gang involvement in parks. To address this issue, park officials can leverage technolo…

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  • Illuminating the Past and Healing the Present with Hidden Park Histories

    Uncovering (often intentionally) hidden histories about park spaces can provide invaluable opportunities for engagement and community building, in addition to …

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  • Managing Urban Natural Areas for Fire and Other Threats

    This panel dialogue will discuss managing urban natural areas to protect them from fire and other threats. Panelists will focus on creating resilient communiti…

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  • The Success and Evolution of Park Funding Partnerships

    This panel dialogue will showcase successful park funding partnerships between government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.Speakers w…

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  • Solving Multiple Policy Goals with Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Parks

    As the largest natural areas in urban spaces, park systems can offer ideal potential sites for implementing green stormwater infrastructure. Despite alignment …

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  • Mayors Forum and Lunch

    Join us for this true lunch and learn opportunity and have lunch with our mayors.Our 2024 Mayors Forum will explore the roles of parks as public venues that ca…

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  • Networking Break

    Refresh and reinvigorate yourself, and discover our exhibitors' wonderful products and services in the Exhibition Hall.

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  • There’s Power in Your Story

    Personal stories can be powerful tools for advocacy for parks and recreation. In this Peer Conversation, Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East …

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  • Finding Alignment Between Donors and Community

    Since 2020, those who raise funding for parks have been increasingly thinking about how issues of equity, access, and belonging in public spaces may surface in…

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  • Park Master Plans: Lenses and Lessons from Toronto’s Island Park

    Master plans are critical tools for policymakers and park practitioners, as well as essential documents for park partners for fund-raising, awareness, and advo…

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  • Wildlife (and Pest) Management for Climate Change

    The pandemic and climate change are changing the way park practitioners need to manage conflicts with wildlife.In this Peer Conversation, you'll hear how one l…

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  • Using Green Infrastructure to Create Community Spaces

    This Peer Conversation will discuss innovative solutions to stormwater management challenges. These solutions can serve as essential community gathering spaces…

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  • Protecting Your Vision Through Park Design, Construction, and Programming

    Completing large-scale capital projects involves managing budgets, revising timelines, securing contractors, and countless other resource-intensive tasks. The …

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