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2020 Premier Webinar Subscription

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Subscribe to the 2020 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2020 with continued access to the archived recordings and materials. NRPA's free Premier webinar series addresses timely and relevant topics within the park and recreation field. The webinars are free to our premier members. The Premier Webinar series occurs on the second Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. EST/EDT.


2020 Schedule

Medical Marijuana/CBD: An ADA Compliance Perspective *
January 9, 2020 
Strategic Plans To Build Resilient and Healthy Communities*
July 9, 2020 
How Are You Going to Kill Weeds in Parks Without Glyphosate?
February 13, 2020 
Great Expectations: Can Revenue Goals and Equity Co-Exist?
August 13, 2020 
Designing the Great Park that Everyone Deserves
March 12, 2020 
Supporting the Back to School Transition During COVID-19
September 10, 2020 
Hiring the Homeless: Boise Parks and Recreation’s Successful Work Program *
April 9, 2020 
How to Manage Playground Risk and Prevent Liability Claims*
October 8, 2020 2:00p.m. EDT 
The Economic Impact of Parks: What About Tomorrow?
May 14, 2020 
Growing Partnerships: Local Agency-Foundation Relationships
November 12, 2020 2:00p.m. EST
The Future of Recreation
June 11, 2020 
Public Relations: Communicating More with Less*
December 10, 2020 2:00p.m. EST

These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • Public Relations: Communicating More with Less

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/10/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Throughout the pandemic many park and recreation professionals have had to communicate more information with less — less people, less time and less resources. Explore how the pandemic has impacted communications for the field and the tools and strategies park and recreation professionals are using to continue disseminating important information with less resources.


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    Fast and accurate communication has become even more important throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Park and recreation professionals have needed to disseminate important health information, changes to programs, closures in parks and so much more. On top of having more to communicate, many agencies have been affected by furloughs and layoffs, leaving agencies to communicate more with less. In this webinar, we will explore the ways in which park and recreation professionals have been affected by the pandemic, and the tools, resources and partnerships they are using to continue communicating information that is vital to their mission. 







    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Roxanne Sutton

    Director of Communications, National Recreation and Park Association

    Roxanne Sutton is the Director of Communications at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Her responsibilities include overseeing social media strategy and content development and promoting the award-winning work of our partnerships and business development team. She is also the host of NRPA’s podcast, Open Space Radio. In her role, Roxanne is fortunate to communicate and work directly with many NRPA members to promote new opportunities and showcase the great work local parks and recreation are doing in their communities. Prior to her role at NRPA, she worked at a PR firm in D.C. on a multitude of accounts ranging from energy clients to non-profits. She graduated with honors and recognition from George Mason University with her bachelors in Communication specializing in Public Relations. She was a member of Lambda Pi Eta and recipient of the Excellence in Communication Award.

  • Growing Partnerships: Local Agency-Foundation Relationships

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Participate in a review and discussion of a recently commissioned, NRPA study that provides a better understanding of the relationship between local park and recreation agencies and nonprofit foundations. The discussion will focus on what leads to effective and sustainable partnerships.


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    Although taxpayer support and generated revenue are the primary sources of support for most local park and recreation agencies, the typical agency does not receive sufficient funding to fully deliver on its mission. With the current global pandemic and economic downturn adding to the financial pressure, partnerships with nonprofit park foundations or “friends groups” may be more critical than ever. 

    This webinar will review the agency-foundation relationship in terms of what leads to effective and sustainable partnerships between agencies and foundations. The webinar will feature key findings from the recent research effort, led by Dr. Nick Pitas at the State University of New York-Brockport, that provides evidence-based best practices that maximize the benefits of these valuable and strategic relationships. This conversation will offer insights from park and recreation agency and foundation leaders.



    Learning Objectives 

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Understand the agency-foundation relationship in terms of what leads to effective and sustainable partnerships.
    2. Apply evidence-based best practices to maximize the benefits of agency-foundation relationships.





    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Kathryn Ott Lovell

    Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

    Kathryn Ott Lovell was appointed commissioner of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation by Mayor Jim Kenney in January 2016. In this position, Kathryn oversees 700 full-time employees, more than 2,700 part-time and seasonal employees, over 10,200 acres of land, 500 buildings, 166 miles of trail, 250 playgrounds, and thousands of programs and events throughout Philadelphia's parks and recreation system.
     
    In 2017, Kathryn commissioned the first strategic plan for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. The plan, Our Path to 2020, established a renewed vision for the department and set in motion a powerful trajectory toward an equitable and exceptional parks and recreation system that connects people to each other, to enriching experiences, and to the natural world. The plan emphasizes citizen-centric service; high quality, relevant, and accessible programs; and a commitment to well-maintained assets.

    Kathryn has presented widely on topics ranging from urban forestry, to climate change, to why parks are crucial to our future. Notable speaking and panel appearances include the South by Southwest Conference (SXSW), National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Conference, the City Parks Alliance’s Greater & Greener Conference, and the One Water Summit. In 2018, Kathryn served as the 2018 NRPA Robert W. Crawford Lecturer.

    Currently, Kathryn serves on the Board of Directors for the Please Touch Museum, Schuylkill River Development Corporation, Parkway Council, Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Sports Congress. 

    Patrick Morgan

    First Deputy Commissioner, Strategy & Engagement | Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

    Patrick Morgan serves as the first deputy commissioner, strategy & engagement providing leadership for various units within the department, including Communications, Business Development & Concessions, Special Events, Leadership Development & Training, and Performance Management. Morgan helps provide strategic direction and capacity to ensure that PPR is a high-performing, efficient, and responsive leader and partner both internally and externally to help advance its goals as well as those of the Kenney Administration.

    Previously, Morgan was the Philadelphia-based program director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He led Knight’s investment strategy in Philadelphia, working with local leaders to support a more informed, connected, and vibrant city. He managed a portfolio of community-focused grants totaling over $26 million. Through this work Knight invested in revitalizing and connecting public spaces to help foster more informed and engaged communities.

    Dr. Andrew Mowen

    Professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management | The Pennsylvania State University

    Dr. Mowen is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management at Penn State.  Formerly the Manager of Research and Evaluation at Cleveland Metroparks, his research focuses on park agency financing and assessing the value of parks and recreation to local officials and the communities they serve.  Dr. Mowen is currently working with a team of researchers and community organizations to assess the outcomes of urban park renovations and citizen engagement in Philadelphia.  He was the 2018 recipient of the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research and is a member of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration as well as a Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences.

    Dr. Nick Pitas

    Assistant Professor of Recreation Management | State University of New York-Brockport

    Nick Pitas is an assistant professor of Parks and Recreation Management at the State University of New York-Brockport. Prior to joining the faculty at Brockport, he was a post-doctoral fellow and doctoral student in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Penn State University. With a focus on local and regional parks and recreation, Nick’s work is concerned with the benefits of these services at the individual and community level, as well as methods for their financing and delivery. His research has been published in outlets such as Parks and Recreation Magazine, Journal of Park and Recreation Management, Journal of Leisure Research, Preventing Chronic Disease, and American Journal of Health Promotion. A former NCAA Division I wrestler, Nick now spends his days engaging in lower impact recreational activities such as falling out of hunting blinds, hiking, bird watching, and throwing the Frisbee for his Australian Shepherd. 

    Kevin Roth, PhD

    Vice President of Research and Technology | National Recreation and Park Association

    Kevin A. Roth is NRPA's Vice President of Research and Technology. Kevin leads the research team in its mission to create valuable data and metrics that enhance park and recreation agency performance and make the case for increased and more stable agency funding. Kevin also oversees the team delivering IT and web services to the association.

    Kevin has served in research and leadership functions in the nonprofit association space for more than two decades, including overseeing both research and IT at the Association for Financial Professionals for 13 years and conducting survey research at the National Association of Realtors for four years. Kevin has a Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

  • How to Manage Playground Risk and Prevent Liability Claims

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join us for a chronological and behind-the-scenes view of two playground liability claims.


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    During this 60-minute session, we will take a chronological look at two playground liability claims. Attendees will get a chance to see what takes place behind the scenes from the time of an incident occurs to when it is settled as well as the costs associated with each claim.

    Learning Objectives 

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Recognize the importance of regular inspections and preventive maintenance.
    2. Understand the value of the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) training program.


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Gregory Hennecke, CPSI, CSRM

    Risk Management Representative, Hylant Administrative Services

    Drawing on more than 25 years in the industry, Greg provides operational risk management support, advice, and counsel to public municipalities, public schools and colleges and universities. He assists his clients in the identification and correction of potential risks and hazards that may result in injury, loss, property damage or lawsuits. He also facilitates regional and on-site training sessions and conducts presentations for conferences and individual clients.

    Greg is a Certified Safety Inspector Program instructor for the National Recreation and Parks Association, an instructor of ALICE – Violent Intruder Response Training, and a Certified School Risk Manager. He is also a firearms instructor thru the NRA and USCCA and volunteers in the FASTER Saves Lives program for school safety.

  • Supporting the Back to School Transition During COVID-19

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Back to school looks different this year, but park and recreation professionals and their out-of-school time partners can support families through lessons learned, ready-to-go tips and resources to ensure a healthy start to the school year.


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    Park and recreation professionals and their out-of-school time programming are uniquely suited to support the back to school transition, especially during the uncertain times of COVID-19. Join NRPA to dive into the resources, case studies, and ready-to-implement tips that focus on ensuring kids and families in your community have what they need to be successful and healthy during the upcoming school year.

    Learning Objectives 

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Access and utilize existing resources to strengthen out-of-school time programming to support kids and families. 
    2. Implement tips to support social-emotional learning and health of kids during this transition period.
    3. Scale lessons learned from a peer agency to ensure kids have access to educational opportunities, regardless of distance learning challenges.


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Roslyn Johnson

    Director of Recreation and Parks, Baltimore County, Maryland

    Erin Hegarty

    Executive Associate, Afterschool Alliance

    Erin joined the Afterschool Alliance team in August 2018. As the Special Assistant to the Executive Director, she gives program and administrative support to the Executive Director. Erin graduated from the College of William & Mary in May 2018 with a B.A. in American Studies and a minor in History. During her undergraduate career, she volunteered with an afterschool tutoring and mentorship program in a local subsidized housing community.

    Daniel Hatcher

    Director of Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

    Daniel W. Hatcher serves as Director of Community Partnerships for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. At the Alliance, Daniel is responsible for managing and delivering technical assistance services and resources for out-of-school time sites as they work to achieve National Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards. Daniel has a BA in International Relations and a Masters of Public Health, both from Western Kentucky University. Daniel regularly blogs on topics relevant to healthy afterschool at https://host.healthiergeneration.org/new__notable/.

    Maureen Neumann

    Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Maureen Neumann is a Program Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association. As a part of the Health and Wellness team, she focuses on healthy out-of-school time programming and inclusive practices in parks and recreation. 

  • Great Expectations: Can Revenue Goals and Equity Co-Exist?

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    In this session, develop and understand approaches that can be implemented to produce recreation programs that meet cost-recovery goals and, at the same time, address equity by considering market conditions, consumer confidence and consumption patterns.

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    The roots of the recreation profession lie in the Playground Movement of the mid-1890s. We were a social service created to keep children safe, but today we are asked to be a service that recovers all or part of its costs, while still providing a level of social services — can these expectations co-exist? During this session, we will review how to identify and address community needs, tackle cost-recovery goals and meet the mandate for equity in services.  These two mandates can co-exist if a relevant service is provided based on planning, market segmentation, competition analysis and financial performance monitoring.

    Following this session, learners will be able to:
    1. Identify and address community needs in order to provide equity in services.
    2. Understand methods to meet cost-recovery goals while advancing community health and climate resiliency.


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Chris Nunes, PhD, CPRE

    Director of Parks and Recreation The Woodlands Township

    Chris Nunes, CPRE is the Director of Parks and Recreation for The Woodlands Township, in The Woodlands, Texas.  In that position, he oversees a $36.3 million operational budget and is accountable for the management of 148 parks, 15 swimming pools and aquatic facilities, and 220 miles of pathways. He speaks around the country (over 300+ times) on topics including: business plans, contracting, creative programming, marketing, external funding, communication, leadership and succession planning.

    Donna Kuethe, CPRP

    Recreation Director, Town of Moultonborough, NH

    Donna Kuethe, CPRP is the Recreation Director for the Town of Moultonborough, NH a rural, tourist driven community with a year round population of under 5,000 and a seasonal population of over 25,000. Donna has held this position for over 41 years (soon to be retired). She also serves as the Executive Director of GP RED, a 501c3 devoted to “helping professionals who help communities thrive”.  Moultonborough’s Tax Supported budget is $410,000 with a Revolving Fund budget of $122,000 and Capital Budget of over $300,000. Donna speaks regularly at state, regional and national conferences on a wide variety of topics including but not limited to: emergency preparedness and response in parks and recreation, legislative advocacy, personal and professional resiliency, programming, aquatic risk management, professionalism and even how to teach camp songs. 

  • Strategic Plans To Build Resilient and Healthy Communities

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn about NRPA’s strategic plan and the key opportunities it identifies for parks and recreation to build climate resiliency, advance community health and ensure access for all. Speakers will share case studies and examples of this work in action.

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    NRPA envisions a future where everyone recognizes the full power of parks and recreation and its role in building strong, healthy, resilient communities. Participate in this webinar to learn about NRPA’s vision and strategic plan; opportunities to invest in and champion the field; and steps that park and recreation professionals can take to build climate resiliency, advance community health and well-being, and ensure access for all. Speakers Joshua Medeiros and Monique Odom will share case studies and examples of how parks and recreation in their communities serves as a catalyst of positive change for social equity, climate readiness and overall well-being.

    Following this session, learners will be able to:
    1. Identify opportunities to increase climate resiliency, community health, and equitable park access.
    2. Understand methods applied to intersect social equity, climate-readiness and overall well-being for communities.


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Allison Colman

    Director of Health, National Recreation and Park Association

    Allison Colman is the Director of Health for the National Recreation and Park Association on the Health and Wellness team.  Allison joined NRPA in 2015 and oversees the out-of-school time portfolio, including NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign and efforts to reduce childhood hunger through the USDA Child Nutrition programs. Allison also manages NRPA Parks for Inclusion initiative. Prior to joining NRPA, Allison worked in the recreation field facilitating health and wellness programs across all populations.  Combined with her work in other non-profits and organizations, Allison has extensive experience in public health and wellness program management and preventative health initiatives.   

    Rachel Banner

    Director of Park Access at National Recreation and Park Association

    Rachel Banner leads the 10-Minute Walk Campaign at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), where she designs strategy and manages a team to deliver training, technical assistance, grants, research, evaluation and communications to ensure park professionals have the tools to improve communities through equitable access to quality parks. Rachel received her Master’s in Public Health from Tufts University and her BS in Exercise Science from Elon University, both focused on health equity, chronic disease prevention and the built environment.

    Monique Horton Odom, MPA, CMFO

    Director of Parks Metro Board of Parks and Recreation

    Monique Horton Odom is a native Nashvillian who has been with Metro Government since 2002, most of which have been with the Parks and Recreation Department. Since joining Parks in 2006 Monique’s responsibilities have primarily been focused on the department’s fiscal matters.

    Monique was named Parks Director in October 2017.  As Parks Director Monique heads one of the largest Parks Department in Tennessee  - overseeing  over 16,000 acres of parks property, which includes 178 parks, 99 miles of greenway, 7 municipal golf courses, 10 regional community centers, 17 neighborhood centers, 7 dog parks, 171 sports fields, 4 nature centers, and seven historical sites.  
    Prior to her employment at Parks she served as the program coordinator for the Metro Human Relations Commission where she supervised all fiscal and administrative functions and oversaw the Commission’s programming efforts.

    Monique holds a B.A. from Fisk University where her major was Political Science, and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Tennessee State University’s College of Public Service and Urban Affairs (formerly known as the Institute of Government). 
    Monique is a certified Diversity Trainer, has been trained in Rule 31 Civil Mediation, and has experience in public utility regulation, non-profit program management, and corporate human resources.  She is a Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, and has successfully completed the National Recreation and Park Association’s two-year Directors School. Monique is a member of the 2019 class of Leadership Nashville, and serves on the boards of directors for the National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials (NACPRO), the Nashville Zoo, University School of Nashville, the Nashville Sports Council, and Dancing Through the Curriculum. She is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

    Karl Schrass

    Director of Conservation, NRPA

    Karl Schrass, Director of Conservation, has over seven years' experience in the field of climate resilience. For the past five years he been leading nature-based climate resilience strategies in communities across the United States. He joined NRPA in 2019 and oversees NRPA’s extensive conservation portfolio including the both the Great Urban Parks Campaign and Greener Parks for Health, both of which are focused on scaling up the use of natural and nature-based features for community resilience. He also is responsible for expanding NRPA’s work in habitat conservation, environmental education and climate change mitigation. Prior to joining the National Recreation and Park Association, he was the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Manager at the National Wildlife where he led a variety of community resilience efforts, including transforming vacant lots to climate-resilient urban pollinator habitats in Philadelphia, working with the research community to explore how existing hardened coastlines can be transformed into green infrastructure using oyster-based retrofits, conducting state and federal policy analysis and recommendations to scale up the use of living shorelines along the Atlantic coast, convening regional experts to identify barriers and opportunities to expanding the use natural and nature-based features, and providing technical assistance to communities along the North Shore of Massachusetts. Karl holds a MSc in Geography from the University of Bonn (Germany) and BA in Geography from the University of Delaware.

    Dr. Joshua T. Medeiros, Ed.D., CPRP

    Superintendent of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services, Bristol Parks and Recreation

    13 years of leadership experience including 3 director roles across several CT municipalities.

    Oversee 6 divisions: administration, parks, recreation, aquatics, youth & community services, Drug Free Communities.

    Board of Directors- National Recreation and Parks Association (2018-Present)

    Board of Directors- Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association (2013- Present)

    Past President- Connecticut Parks Association (2014-2019)

    Adjunct Professor- Southern Connecticut State University (2015- Present)

  • The Future of Recreation

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/11/2020

    Learn about the emerging trends and new models in recreation (from Virtual to Drive-In), as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers include Neelay Bhatt, who will revisit one of the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference’s most popular topics in the context of NRPA’s “Path to Recovery” framework.

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    The future of recreation is being determined as we speak with new considerations for physical distancing, (current) limits on gatherings, safety and hygiene standards etc. Join us as a panel of park and recreation leaders share their ideas on emerging trends in recreation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how you can create innovative programming in your agencies as we touch upon trends including Virtual Recreation, ESports, Augmented Reality, Drive In Events and more. All this, while also focusing on  financial sustainability, partnerships and equity of access. Speakers include Neelay Bhatt, former NRPA Board Member and Principal at PROS Consulting, who will revisit one of the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference’s most popular topics in the context of NRPA’s “Path to Recovery” framework. 


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

  • The Economic Impact of Parks: What About Tomorrow?

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/14/2020

    Now more than ever, it is critical to understand how the work of park and recreation professionals and their agencies drive business activity in every city, town and county in the U.S. This presentation will present the latest estimate of the economic impact of park and recreation spending.


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    Parks and recreation agencies drives economic activity in their communities. Now more than ever, it is critical to understand how the work of park and recreation professionals and their agencies drive business activity in every city, town and county in the U.S. This presentation will present the latest estimate of the economic impact of park and recreation spending. In addition, the researchers will provide an early analysis of the pandemic-driven recession’s impact on park and recreation budgets and how to use this information to make the case for budget stability during these uncertain times. 


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

  • Hiring the Homeless: City of Boise’s Successful Work Program

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/09/2020

    The Boise Parks and Recreation Department partners with local shelters to hire people in the community experiencing homelessness, providing a meaningful work opportunity that can be fruitful for all.


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    This webinar focuses on how park and recreation professionals can partner with local shelters to successfully identify, process, hire and supervise people in their community experiencing homelessness. In Boise, Idaho, the parks and recreation department hires individuals from the Interfaith Sanctuary shelter.  This groundbreaking work program, now entering its third year, has been very successful with numerous participants graduating into seasonal roles with the department. Former Interfaith Sanctuary guests have moved into their own apartments and purchased homes and vehicles as a result of the opportunity provided through the program. Doug Holloway, director of Boise Parks and Recreation, outlines how you can start a similar program while discussing some of the challenges and success stories that have made this program a model for other cities across the country.


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    ​Doug Holloway

    Parks and Recreation Director, City of Boise

    Doug Holloway has been in the Parks and Recreation business for 22 years. A graduate of Boise State University, he has previously presented at NRPA Conferences in Minneapolis and Baltimore. Under Holloway's leadership, the department has added more than 1,000 acres of green parks and open space, and developed new facilities including world class skate and bike parks.

  • Designing the Great Park that Everyone Deserves

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This session will help you understand the considerations needed to ensure that the next park you build is a Great Park.


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    In 2017, NRPA unveiled “Because Everyone Deserves a Great Park” as the new organizational tagline. But how do you define a “great park”? A park considered great by one community could be considered mediocre by another. There can be many characteristics of a great park, including state-of-the-art equipment, access to nature, inclusive opportunities, or just a quiet place to think. During this webinar, three preeminent park designers will discuss how you can assess the parks in your community, as well as the design principles, cultural influences and emerging trends for designing the next great park.


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Mike Abbaté, FASLA, LEED AP

    Principal Landscape Architect, Abbaté Designs LLC.

    Mike Abbaté is a landscape architect with Abbaté Designs LLC.  He has over 30 years of experience in the planning, design, construction and management of parks, natural areas, and recreation facilities.  He has worked in both the private and public sectors and served as Director of Parks & Recreation in Portland, Oregon for 7 years.  In 2013, he was inducted into the Council of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He currently serves on the National Board of Directors for NRPA. Mike is the author of the book Gardening Eden (pub. by Random House) exploring the intersection of environmental stewardship and spiritual faith.  

    Gina Ford, FASLA

    Principal Landscape Architect, Agency Landscape + Planning

    Gina Ford, FASLA, is a landscape architect, co-founder and principal of Agency Landscape + Planning. Underpinning her two decades of practice are a commitment to the design and planning of public places and the perpetuation of the value of landscape architecture via thought leadership, teaching, writing and lecturing.  Her work has received awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects, among others. 

    Joe Webb

    Director of Park Planning, AECOM Technical Services

    Joe Webb is a Professional Landscape Architect and serves as the Director of Park Planning for AECOM Technical Services He has over thirty years of experience in both the public and private sectors, with experience in numerous park planning and design projects. Joe has worked with multiple communities in the development of parks and open space master plans with an emphasis on the integration of open space with transportation and urban form. Joe is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences on topics pertaining to parks and recreation planning and design.