City Parks Research Lab Discussions

Research Lab

Meet, discuss, and learn from a curated group of presenters sharing new research, tools, and practical guidance for parks practitioners at the City Parks Research Lab.

Poster sessions will be open starting at 10:45a on Monday for attendees to browse, then presenters will be on-site Monday during the 3:45-5p educational session, and again Tuesday during the 10:15-11:30a educational session to hold in-depth discussions.

Confirmed topics and presenters include:

  • Assessing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of Public Space: A Perceptions of Parks Evaluation Tool by Anna Laybourn of Design Workshop
  • Children and Parents Talk About What Attracts Them to a Public Playground by Suzanne Quinn of KOMPAN Playgrounds & Fitness
  • Climate Infrastructure Toolkit by Anya Domlesky of SWA Group
  • The Common Ground Framework: A Blueprint for Reimagining the Social, Civic and Economic Potential of Parks and Green Spaces by Cary Simmons of The Trust for Public Land
  • How the Sustaining Places Initiative seeks to enhance neighborhood-centered models and mechanisms to create vibrant places, improve local governance, and nurture equitable growth by Tim Tompkins of NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management
  • Lack of Knowledge of Parks: Can We Address This Barrier? by Jamie Rae Walker of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
  • Management and Delivery of Park and Recreation Services to People Experiencing Homelessness by Helen Beck of the University of Washington
  • PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research and Education: Turning Research into Practice through Four Areas of Service by Russ Carson of PlayCore
  • The Role of Large Urban Parks in Cultivating Nature Connection and Wellbeing by Sue Arndt of Park People
  • Understanding and Engaging Your Park Visitor and the Broader Community by John O’Gorman and Anne Grossmann of Forest Park Forever
  • Using Data to Assess and Address Playground Deserts by Alyssa Young of KABOOM!