Plenary Archive

  • The Role of Arts and Culture in Community Building

    How can public art and cultural events in parks foster more vibrant and connected communities? This panel dialogue will explore their impact, with speakers sha…

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  • Revitalizing Public Spaces Through the Power of Technology

    The increased use of technology in the public realm has park leaders wondering about new ways to engage community members, enhance users’ experiences, and impr…

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  • Collaborating with Private Landowners for Parks and Public Spaces

    Acquiring new land for parks is one of the more vexing challenges facing agencies and their partners today. As a result, many are finding new ways to collabora…

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  • The Roles of Parks in Promoting Healthy Food Systems

    In this Innovation Round, participants will learn about the important roles parks and urban green spaces can play in promoting healthy food systems.Speakers wi…

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  • Pollinator Paradise at Woodland Park Zoo

    Discover Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo's vibrant connection to nature! Join us on a pollinator journey, a part of the movement to conserve the habitats of these …

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  • 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, what approaches are being used to address youth violence in parks? To mitigate this issue, park officials are leveraging technology, media, and …

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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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