Parks and Urban Rivers: Designing for Resilience

Panel Dialogue

This panel dialogue will discuss insights from diverse perspectives on parks and urban rivers. Panelists will speak about community engagement, climate resilience, and innovative design solutions, among other crucial issues for riparian urban parks and green spaces.


  • Describe the different phases of design and permitting required to transform underutilized land into beneficial urban greenspaces.
  • Identify the ecological services provided by green infrastructure, such as the augmentation of wildlife habitat and the mitigation of the urban heat-island effect.
  • Identify ways to repurpose and adapt existing facilities to remove physical barriers and build connections between communities.
  • Discuss the role of agencies and partners in the planning and maintenance of a linear greenway system.
  • Discuss strategies to engage partners and the community to design accessible trails and linear parks that are inclusive and safe.


JJ Jimenez

Parks Manager, City of Anaheim Parks Division

Susan Rademacher

Origin Park Park Curator, River Heritage Conservancy

Michael Williams

Trails Program Manager, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District

Ana Straabe

Principal Project Planner, City of Anaheim