Designing the Great Park that Everyone Deserves


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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.


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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.

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