Parks and open spaces support public health, local economies, the environment, and community cohesion. And yet historic disinvestment has left many communities with the greatest need with the least access to quality parks and recreation opportunities. Cities can address this imbalance by implementing data-driven strategies that prioritize investments in parks and neighborhoods that have the greatest need; often parks and neighborhoods that have historically been left out.
During this workshop, we will look at examples of equitable investment strategies in Minneapolis and Louisville, and participants will engage in small and large group dialogue to explore how they can begin to develop strategies to implement in their own cities. Attendees will leave the workshop with an understanding of the types of data they should be collecting to inform their strategies, as well as the elements and processes that need to be in place to pursue this work, including cross-sector leadership, effective community engagement strategies, and clear definition of equity goals. Support for this workshop is provided by The Toro Company Foundation.
- Learn about equitable investment strategies in Minneapolis and Louisville, including how these strategies were developed, how data was used, the partnerships that were required, and the cities’ successes and challenges with implementation
- Explore how you can begin to develop an equitable investment strategy in your own city, including developing an understanding of the types of data you should be collecting to inform your strategy
- Gain an understanding of the elements and processes that need to be in place to pursue this work, including cross-sector leadership, effective community engagement strategies, and clear definition of equity goals
Vice President of Movement Capacity Building, Race Forward
Data Insights Analyst, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Superintendent, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Director of Strategic Planning, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
President/CEO, Parks Alliance of Louisville
Principal, Interface Studio
Chair, World Urban Parks