Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Health(iness): All parks are NOT created equal
Parks are such good medicine that doctors are now prescribing visits to them as treatment for a variety of ailments. But not all parks are the same, so how do we know how good the medicine is for a particular park? This session will show how the “medicinal value” of one park can be measured and compared to another. While the process is rooted in scientific evidence, this presentation will focus on its practical use in planning, designing, and promoting parks as public health amenities, including how the measure of each park’s potential to generate healthy physical activity can be combined with demographic data to evaluate the overall performance of a park system for providing equitable access to healthy activity for all residents.
Rod Tarullo, CPRE
Director of Parks and Recreation City of Golden
Rod Tarullo, is the Director of Park, Recreation and Golf at the City of Golden, Colorado. As Director of Golden's park system, Rod Tarullo was responsible for guiding Golden's new parks and recreation master plan and assuring that it met the city council's stated goal of making public health a focus of the plan. Using new metrics to measure the public health potential provided by their parks, the master plan is a unique document, guiding Golden's decisions on park amenities and future designs.
Roby Layton, PhD, FASLA, CPRP
Principal / Executive Director/ Assitant Teaching Professor; Design Concepts / GP RED / NCSU
After years of designing award-winning parks, Robby earned his PhD researching what really makes people appreciate and use them. For his dissertation he looked specifically at what it is about parks that encourages people to visit them more often and feel that their needs are being met. He has now translated this research into useful information for park professionals looking to improve the lives of their citizens by getting them engaged in healthy activity outdoors. Since completing his PhD in 2016, he has applied what he learned to the development of new metrics and standards and applied these on park master plans, strategic plans, and public health projects. His innovative techniques and practices are in use by agencies nationwide.