Inclusive Engagement in Brownfield-to-Park Transformations

Topical Peer Conversation

Brownfields – abandoned or underutilized sites suspected to be contaminated (usually due to historical industry presence and transportation infrastructure) — are stark physical evidence of unresolved environmental justice issues facing historically under-resourced neighborhoods. Restoration presents challenges to overcome disinvestment and carry out land re-use efforts. 

In this Peer Conversation, discussion leaders will talk about different strategies to engage community members in the transformation of brownfields into accessible urban parks and green spaces that address real community needs and priorities in ways that are inclusive and equitable. Participants will share community engagement successes, challenges, and lessons learned, learning creative strategies for integrating resident voices that they can bring back to their communities.


Almariet Roberts

Project Manager, Groundwork Bridgeport

Jalisa Gilmore

Senior Manager of Environmental Justice Programs, Groundwork USA