10-Minute Walk Learning Series

Includes a Live Event on 04/18/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

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Parks are essential to the physical, social, environmental, and economic health of a community—and cities nationwide. That’s why the National Recreation and Park Association, The Trust for Public Land, and the Urban Land Institute are leading a nationwide movement to ensure there’s a great park within a 10-minute walk of every person, in every neighborhood, in every city across America. Through a collective national voice, Mayoral endorsement, and local action, the 10-Minute Walk Campaign aims to increase park access, quality, and funding within a 10-minute walk of home.

Subscribe for free today to this learning series dedicated to the 10-Minute Walk initiative. This subscription will automatically enroll you in upcoming webinars, micro-learning, shared resources, and discussions focused on this important NRPA project.

10-Minute Walk: Equity-based Master Planning

May 23, 2019 @ 2:00 PM 

Join 10-Minute Walk park professionals and advocates to discuss all things park access and quality! Each network call will be based on the last webinar in the 10-Minute Walk Learning Series. For April, we will be focusing on using data to prioritize actions. Bring your questions, comments, and strategies, and engage in the conversation with other professionals committed to enhancing park access and quality in their cities. An agenda with discussion questions will be posted to the 10-Minute Walk group on NRPA Connect.

Rachel Banner

Senior Program Manager at National Recreation and Park Association

As a public health professional its my goal to combine my skills and experience to ensure that everyone has an environment around them that encourages inspiration, well being, health, physical activity and a connection to the community. I am dedicated to reducing health disparities in low-income communities by learning from and helping others make a change in their community environment.

With successful experience building strong partnerships with community based organizations, organizing and managing large volunteer groups, developing communications materials, and conducting research, I have the foundations to help your community or organization advocate for and promote changes in built environments, policies, and systems that encourage healthy behaviors.

I would love to learn about how your organization is contributing to or would like to create a better environment for health!

Jared Mummert

Program Specialist, National Recreation and Park Association

Jared Mummert is a Program Specialist at NRPA, working on the 10-Minute Walk campaign. As a graduate in Environmental Law and Policy from Unity College, he is dedicated to environmental justice issues. Prior to his time at NRPA, Jared worked as a political and community outreach organizer on multiple campaigns, including organizing farmers in Maryland to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act, engaging Colorado voters in the 2014 midterm election, and connecting low-income families to national parks. He has also served in the Student Conservation Association, AmeriCorps, and the National Park Service as park ranger for multiple sites, including Grand Teton National Park. As an avid outdoorsman and public lands advocate, Jared is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to quality open spaces.

Harris Solomon

Campaign Lead, The Trust for Public Land

Harris Solomon serves as The Trust for Public Land’s campaign lead, overseeing campaign communications strategy, city outreach, and the development of new program areas, ensuring effective implementation and day-to-day operations for the 10-Minute Walk Campaign. He previously served as the 10-Minute Walk Campaign Manager, and has held prior positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York.

Joseph Claunch, Ph.D

Director of Zuni Youth Enrichment Project

Joseph Claunch is a member of the Puyallup Tribe in Tacoma, Washington, and graduated with his Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Kansas. Joseph’s research and programming interest have focused on what coaches, teachers and mentors can do to optimize the motivation of Native American youth. Joseph is currently the director of Zuni Youth Enrichment Project and the head varsity football coach at Zuni High School in western New Mexico. Joseph recently led the development of a 3-acre community center and park in the heart of Zuni's main Pueblo village.

Koboi Simpson

Atheletics Administrator, Clayton County (Georgia) Parks and Recreation

Koboi Simpson is the Athletics Administrator for the Clayton County Parks & Recreation Department, in Clayton County, Georgia, where he manages youth sports operations and supervises the county's college internship program. He serves on the NRPA Conference Programming Committee, and he is a frequent speaker at several state and national conferences, delivering presentations on best practices in youth sports. Koboi is a tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion, serving on NRPA’s Equity Advisory Panel. Koboi is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional and a Certified Youth Sports Administrator.

Rosie Santos

Parks and Recreation Manager, City of Covington, Kentucky

Rosie Santos has 10 years of experience in environmental education and community programming. In her more recent position as the Parks and Recreation Manager for the city of Covington, Kentucky, she oversees recreation services, as well as park and trail planning and development. In collaboration with a citizen advisory group and other partners, she developed an innovative process for redeveloping neighborhood parks throughout the city. 

Benita Hussain

Director of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, Trust for Public Land

Benita Hussain is the Director of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, for which she is leading the strategic direction and broader marketing efforts.  A former corporate lawyer, she has 15 years of experience in sustainability, urban policy, and communications.  As an advisor to Mike Bloomberg in his role as UN Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, she developed his policy agenda and the Global Compact of Mayors, the world’s largest coalition of cities pledged to fight climate change.  Prior, she led late-Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s Greenovate Boston campaign -- a community-based initiative designed to promote climate action and to raise Boston’s profile as a green leader – and launched Boston’s first residential composting program.  She joins TPL from the Wildlife Conservation Society, where she led a $10 million division devoted to climate change, food systems, and sustainable finance.  Benita holds a J.D. from Fordham Law School, and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Cornell University and has written for Outside Magazine, SIERRA, and the Boston Globe, among others.

Joe Lovell

GIS Data Administrator, Denver Parks and Recreation

Joe Lovell is the GIS Data Administrator for Denver Parks & Recreation.  Joe has a B.S Degree in Geographic Sciences from James Madison University and over 15 years experience developing spatial databases, performing analysis, and producing cartographic maps.  Joe began working in parks planning in 2008, launching the department’s comprehensive GIS system and advancing the use of data for capital improvement planning.  Joe has recently led projects focusing on the condition of park assets and access to recreation facilities in underserved communities.  As a frequent park user, Joe knows the value parks and open spaces bring to every community.

TJ McCourt

Planning Supervisor, City of Raleigh Parks Department

TJ McCourt (AICP) manages strategic and long-range planning for the City of Raleigh Parks Department. He holds a JD in Environmental & Land-Use Law from the University of Florida as well as a Masters in Urban Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His professional work involves analyzing the City of Raleigh’s open space goals from a systems perspective, exploring how parks and recreation fit into a broader context of city planning, natural resources, social equity, and public health. 

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10-Minute Walk: Equity-based Master Planning
05/23/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
05/23/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes One of the most comprehensive ways a park system can implement equitable 10-minute walk strategies is through a master plan. Join us for a webinar and interactive panel discussion on integrating equitable park access and quality into your city’s master plan. We'll be joined by guest speakers with extensive experience in master planning who will bring big picture “how-to” and consultant perspectives, as well as an agency that successfully integrated a “10-minute walk to a park” standard into their master plan. Bring your questions and ideas for a robust discussion around best practices you can use in your city. This webinar is a part of the 10-Minute Walk Learning Series. By signing up for this webinar, you will be enrolled in this subscription. To be removed, please notify onlinelearning@nrpa.org
10-Minute Walk Network Call
04/18/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
04/18/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes Join 10-Minute Walk park professionals and advocates to discuss all things park access and quality! Each network call will be based on the last webinar in the 10-Minute Walk Learning Series. For April, we will be focusing on using data to prioritize actions. Bring your questions, comments, and strategies, and engage in the conversation with other professionals committed to enhancing park access and quality in their cities. An agenda with discussion questions will be posted to the 10-Minute Walk group on NRPA Connect.
Join the Discussion
Please take a moment to introduce yourself, share your experience, and collaborate with peers by asking questions within the 10 Minute Walk Discussion Forum.
Using Data to Prioritize Actions
03/21/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
03/21/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes Data is a powerful decision-making tool. Prior to deciding on the best plan of action for systematically increasing equitable park access and quality, it is essential to utilize quality data to select the best method for impact. Join us for a webinar and interactive panel discussion on collecting and assessing data to select and prioritize actions. Panelists will be sharing case studies and best practices that will help guide the development of plans, policies, and funding opportunities in your city. Bring your questions and ideas for a robust discussion!
City Commitments
02/21/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
02/21/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes Mayors across the country are signing-on to the 10-Minute Walk campaign (220 and counting!). To make the 10-Minute Walk goal a reality, cities are establishing their own goals and making commitments to ensure everyone has equitable access to a great park. Join us for a webinar and interactive panel discussion on how your city can make a 10-Minute Walk commitment. Staff from NRPA and The Trust for Public Land will share a framework, walk through steps, and be available to answer your questions.
Community Engagement
12/05/2018 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
12/05/2018 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes Are you looking to engage under-served neighborhoods in a park project? Are standard community meetings not getting you the results you need? Join us for a webinar and interactive panel discussion on innovative community engagement. We'll be joined by guest speakers from the field who are implementing community engagement strategies and getting results. Bring your questions and ideas for a robust discussion around best practices you can use in your city.
10-Minute Walk Grant Assistance Webinar
10/12/2018 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
10/12/2018 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes October 10th marks one year of the 10-Minute Walk campaign, the movement to ensure there’s a great park within a 10-minute walk of every person, in every neighborhood, in every city across America. As we celebrate the over 220 mayors who have signed onto the campaign, NRPA is opening another round of technical assistance and planning grants. During this webinar we will provide a re-cap on success and lessons learned in the past year and discuss and answer questions about the second call for applications. Applications open on September 21st, 2018 and NRPA will be awarding $40,000 to 10 cities each for a year-long grant.
Equity in Parks and Recreation
08/30/2018 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
08/30/2018 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes Join us on August 30th for a live virtual 10-Minute Walk Q&A session as part of the 10-Minute Walk Learning Series! During the Q&A session, you will have a chance to ask your peers about their success on topics related to the 10-Minute Walk commitments. This month, we are exploring equity, including prioritization models, design, community activation, and more.
Partnership and Coalition Building
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Open to view video. During the Q&A session you will have a chance to ask your peers about their success on topics related to the 10-Minute Walk commitments. This month, we are exploring partnerships and coalition building with panelists from Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and a Housing Developer from the Urban Land Institute. They will provide short intros and then answer your questions on building and sustaining partnerships to increase park access, quality, and equity. This webinar utilizes Zoom. Please visit their website prior to accessing the content for technical requirements. There are apps available for mobile devices. You will need to complete a short survey before joining.
Increasing Access to Local Parks
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