April Premier: Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls

In a world where 71 percent of the Earth's surface is water, the imperative for water conservation resonates daily in cities across America. This holds especially true for park and recreation departments that heavily depend on water for greenscapes, urban treescapes, facilities and programming. Uncover the success story of Spokane, Washington, where a pioneering funding solution was implemented, resulting in the preservation of millions of gallons of water annually. The initiative not only contributes to sustainable water usage but also elevates the overall quality of the park system, proving that strategic investment can yield both environmental and financial dividends. Join us in exploring this case study, where the seemingly paradoxical concept of spending money to save money and make money becomes a powerful strategy in the realm of water conservation for parks and recreation. 

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify water conservation opportunities, strategies and partnerships to form a water conservation plan in your community. 

2. Identify creative funding sources to build out your strategic capital plan. 

3. Identify ways to implement the plan and measure success. 

This talk is available for 1 year from release date!

Jason Conley (he/him)

Interim Parks and Recreation Director

Spokane Parks and Recreation

Jason currently serves as the Interim Parks and Recreation Director for Spokane Parks and Recreation Department and has over 24 years of employment history with the City of Spokane. Prior to re-joining the City, Jason was the Director of Safety, Security, Transportation and Risk Management and was the District’s Safety/OSHA/WISHA Officer with Spokane Public Schools for over 8 years. During this time, Jason worked on 7 GC/CM school projects for Spokane Public Schools as a member of their Capital Projects team. Jason has a double major Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University in Management, and Human Resource Management. As a career public servant, Jason has a passion for enriching leisure opportunities in his community.

Fianna Dickson (she/her)

Communications Manager

Spokane Parks and Recreation

Fianna is the communications manager for City of Spokane Parks & Recreation. Her prior public relations and marketing experience includes non-profit air medical, heart disease research/education, and healthcare risk management. She holds a master’s degree in communication and is an adjunct professor of public relations at Gonzaga University.

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