Innovative Trends in Dog Park Design and Management

Recorded On: 05/10/2018

imageWhat makes a good dog park great? This webinar brings together top designers, landscape architects, and managers of top-rated dog parks to explore innovative ways you can make your dog parks exciting and enjoyable for both dogs and people. Creative ideas and innovative designs do not necessarily mean greater expense, and thoughtful design can result in exciting dog parks that appeal to dogs as well as people.

This webinar will cover innovative trends in design, management, and maintenance of public dog parks and will include information on design and management of larger off-leash parks, water features for play, best practices for conflict resolution, agility and exercise features, best practices for environmental management, and more.  If you manage public dog parks you will not want to miss this exciting and informative webinar that provides insights and expert knowledge on how you can make your best dog parks even better.

Rich Dolesh (Moderator)

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, National Recreation and Park Association

Richard J. Dolesh joined NRPA in 2002 and serves as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. He is responsible for development and implementation of national policy and initiatives related to conservation, stewardship and parks.

Rich worked 30 years in parks, outdoor recreation, and natural resource management at the local and state level in Maryland before coming to NRPA. His recent work includes leading NRPA's Parks Build Community initiative, coordinating the Parks for Mitigation demonstration projects, and working with the National Wildlife Federation to connect 10 million kids to nature and the outdoors over the next three years. Rich represents NRPA on a number of coalitions and advisory groups including the Sustainable Urban Forestry Coalition, the steering committee for Natural Play and Learning Area guidelines, and the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES).

Rich is a frequent contributor to NRPA's Parks and Recreation Magazine, and has written numerous articles on parks and natural resources in publications including The Washington Post and National Geographic Magazine.

Ken Smith

Principal, Ken Smith Design Workshop

Ken Smith is one of the best-known of a generation of landscape architects equally at home in the worlds of art, architecture, and urbanism. Trained in both design and the fine arts, he explores the relationship between art, contemporary culture, and landscape. His practice, Ken Smith Workshop, was established in 1992 and is based in New York City.

Inés Palacios, Ph.D.

Director of Recreation: Programs, Partnerships, & Professional Development

Inés is responsible for promoting the value of recreation for people of all ages and abilities. She provides continuing educational opportunities, professional development, and research that supports recreation and play while generating partnerships and alliances in the field. She joined the PlayCore team in August 2013 after obtaining her PhD in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from NC State University. Before joining PlayCore, she was an instructor at NC State University in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Department. In addition, she has experience in event planning, program management, research, and national presentations.

Phil Macchia

Director of Parks, Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission


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