10-Minute Walk Learning Series

Includes a Live Event on 09/19/2019 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.

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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. 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

Director of Park Access 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.

Sarah Bryant

Director of Community Initiatives, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership

Sarah Bryant is the Director of Community Initiatives at Cooper’s Ferry Partnership (CFP), a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for the preservation and growth of a vibrant Camden, NJ. At CFP, Sarah transfers her passion for public spaces into action, focusing on strengthening Camden’s park system for the benefit of the city’s residents. She currently manages a $15 million portfolio of park development projects. Sarah has also managed neighborhood planning, roadway reconstruction, preservation, and green infrastructure projects at CFP as well as placemaking and environmental initiatives. Sarah holds a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science from Boston University. She is AICP certified and joined CFP as a project manager in 2010.

Jaime Zaplatosch

Director of Green Schoolyards, Healthy Communities for the Children & Nature Network

Jaime Zaplatosch is the Director of Green Schoolyards for Healthy Communities for the Children & Nature Network. Jaime is leading the Children & Nature Network's goal to support city-wide, equity-based green schoolyard program development across the U.S. She supports cities to build school-district partnerships and creatively create green space to support thriving communities. Jaime has extensive knowledge in the field of urban greening with experience in strategy, partnership building, program development, fundraising, and conservation. She is the former Vice President of Community Engagement and Education at Openlands in Chicago, where launched its green schoolyard program, Space to Grow.

Travis Younkin

Executive Director of Upper Kirby District

Frank Carson, MS

Director of Recreation El Cajon, CA

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.

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.

Dr. Clement Lau, AICP

Departmental Facilities Planner, Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation

Dr. Clement Lau, AICP, has 20 years of professional experience in urban and regional planning.  Currently, Dr. Lau is a Departmental Facilities Planner with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, where he works on a variety of park planning projects.  He was the project manager on the Los Angeles Countywide Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment, and the Community Parks and Recreation Plans.  He holds a doctorate and master’s in urban planning from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

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. 

Matt Moffa

Project Manager, The Trust for Public Land

Matt Dixit Moffa is a Project Manager on The Trust for Public Land’s Research and Innovation Team.  Matt works with communities to create plans for parks, trails, and open space.  His work frequently involves convening local stakeholders, community engagement, and survey design.  He is fascinated by the intersection of technical analysis and community input that he encounters in his work. 

Prior to joining The Trust for Public Land, Matt worked for planning firms in California and New Mexico conducting community engagement, GIS analysis, landscape design, and writing planning documents.  Matt holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Between degrees, Matt spent two years serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, leading projects related to agroforestry, conservation farming, and HIV/AIDS education.

Carlos Perez, PLA

President, Perez Planning + Design LLC

Carlos F. Perez, PLA is the president of Perez Planning + Design, LLC (PP+D), a research-based planning and design firm in Atlanta, Georgia that specializes in Parks and Recreation System Planning + Design and Active-Transportation Planning + Design. Carlos has consulted with over 50 municipalities throughout the United States. He also speaks regularly at conferences sharing his experience. Carlos received a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida, a Master’s in City and Regional Planning, and a Master’s of Science in Architecture with a Concentration in Urban Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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. 

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.

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.

Bridget Stesney

Senior Director, Content: Urban Land Institute

Bridget Stesney recently joined ULI as Senior Director, Content and is leading ULI’s effort on the Ten-Minute Walk Campaign.   Bridget joins ULI after ten years working in the public sector for the District of Columbia for DC Public School and DC Parks + Recreation.  During her time in DC government, she led the development of the long-term planning and capital investment strategies for parks, recreation centers, and public schools.  Prior to that, Bridget worked for non-profits focused on smart growth and brownfields redevelopment.   

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10-Minute Walk Learning Series: Public Funding Opportunities
09/19/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
09/19/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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.
October 2019
10-Minute Walk Network Call
10/17/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
10/17/2019 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. 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.
November 2019
10-Minute Walk Learning Series: Public-Private Funding Opportunities
11/21/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
11/21/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
10-Minute Walk Network Call
12/19/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
12/19/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  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. 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.
December 2019
Archived Webinars
10-Minute Walk Grant Assistance Webinar
Recorded 07/09/2019
Recorded 07/09/2019 The 10-Minute Walk campaign is 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 the country. To assist cities with meeting their park access and quality goals, 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 two years and discuss and answer questions about the third call for applications. Applications open on June 24th, 2019 and NRPA will be awarding $40,000 to 10 cities each for a year-long grant.
10-Minute Walk Learning Series: Land Acquisition and Joint-Use
07/18/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
07/18/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes Join us for a webinar and interactive panel discussion on ways to create a system-wide plan to leverage partnerships and acquire land to increase your 10-minute walk to a park access.
Equity-based Master Planning
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Select the "View On-Demand Recording" button to begin. System-wide park master plans, are one of the most comprehensive methods for setting, outlining, and gaining buy-in for achieving equitable 10-minute walk access to quality parks. Join us for a webinar and interactive panel discussion on integrating equitable park access and quality into your city’s system-wide park master plan. We'll be joined by guest speakers from both the public and private sector with extensive experience in master planning who will bring the big picture, “how-to”, and practical experience of adopting and executing a master plan with a “10-minute walk to a park” standard. Bring your questions, experience, 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
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.
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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Open to view video.