The Role of Elected Officials in Building and Expanding Parks

Topical Peer Conversation

What are the roles of elected officials such as mayors and councilmembers in park funding decisions, and how can parks practitioners better work with them? 

This Peer Conversation will explore the perspectives of elected officials and share how they balance these decisions with other community priorities. It will examine how staff can make the most effective case to policymakers for park development and funding.


Leslie Pool

Mayor Pro Tem, City of Austin

James Pasternak

Councillor, City of Toronto