As communities increasingly view their local parks as a places of positive, safe, and healthy activities, grassroots efforts have created a push for culturally relevant and inclusive programming that addresses historic traumas and opens a dialogue for mental health conversations.
This innovation round will discuss the design and long-term sustainability of greenspace initiatives dedicated to healing and peace. Presenters will also share insights learned from their role in fostering and supporting long-term stewardship of these healing spaces, and how to integrate these programs into park and recreation offerings.
- Learn how urban parks support the health and wellbeing of an underserved community
- Learn to recognize signs of mental health and first aid needs and how to offer support to those in need of services
- Learn how to create and foster an engaged network of community volunteers using nature to serve their communities
- Understand the roles of partner organizations in land acquisition, leveraging funding sources, and design development to achieve grassroots objectives
- Understand how to design and plan for resilient and inclusive community park spaces that are low-maintenance, aesthetically pleasing, and allow for long-term community participation and stewardship
Family & Community Engagement Specialist, Self
Associate, VMDO Architects
Co-founder and Vice-Chair, Friends of Oxon Run Park
CEO, Nature Sacred
Deputy Director, City of Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Department
Project Manager, L.A.N.D. studio, Inc.