March Premier: Inspiring Action Through Outcome-Driven Parks & Rec Planning

This comprehensive discussion delves into vital aspects to empower park agencies in steering effective planning initiatives. Beginning with the essential question of why planning is crucial, the exploration covers key factors such as Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) accreditation, grant eligibility and funding prioritization, while providing an insightful overview of various plan types and emphasizing the significance of inclusive and equity-based planning. This online learning event further delves into engagement techniques geared towards delivering community-supported outcomes, followed by a focus on the technical analysis involved in a needs assessment. Subsequently, this discussion explores recommendations and policy development, delving into the intricacies of Capital Improvement Plans (CIP) and action planning. Additionally, it addresses crucial facets like implementation strategies and offers practical insights on how to initiate the planning process, including Requests for Proposal (RFPs), consultant hiring, in-house planning, scheduling and more. This comprehensive guide equips park agencies with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate and succeed in their planning endeavors. 

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn best practices for conducting an outcome-driven long-range planning process. 

2. Describe 3-5 tools and techniques that will ensure your park agency is successful in increasing community, political, and funding support for implementation. 

3. Identify ways to champion resiliency, economic vitality, equity, access, and community connections through planning and urban design. 

This talk is available for 1 year from release date!

Cindy Mendoza

Principal | Director of Parks + Recreation Planning

MIG, Inc.

Cindy Mendoza, CPRP, is a Principal and the Director of Parks + Recreation for MIG, Inc. For 25+ years, Cindy has worked with more than 100 cities, counties, and park districts to develop award-winning park system plans that support recreation access, equity, health, and community livability. With an M.A. in Geography from the University of Oregon and a background in youth development and sports, Cindy leads MIG's Parks and Recreation Studio and is a member of MIG's Equity Council and CPRS’s JEDI Counsel. Nationally, she provides training and presentations in community engagement, recreation trends, and equity-based park policies. She is a former SCORP University instructor and has authored several articles, book chapters, and reports on parks and recreation, including the California Action Plan: Guiding the Park & Recreation Profession, and “Collaborative Planning and Public Participation” in Outdoor Recreation Planning (Sagamore Publishing).

Tiffany White-LaPierre

Senior Planner

MIG, Inc.

Tiffany White-LaPierre is a regional and national leader in the park and recreation profession with over two decades in the industry. Participating in Chicago Park District programs as a child may have been a clue to future pursuits, but the impact Tiffany can have on community enrichment through parks and recreation is no mystery. Her hands-on experience offers insight into the daily challenges of public agencies charged with managing and maintaining facilities and programs for all ages and abilities with limited resources. Tiffany is inspired by her colleagues who act as a network of advisors and supporters that exchange ideas and best practices for everyone’s benefit. As a senior planner, she is like a “school counselor” who assesses interests and aptitudes, researches opportunities and potential action steps, and recommends appropriate avenues forward. Tiffany can readily connect and collaborate across disciplines and easily engage with clients and the public. Her analytical, problem-solving, and documentation skills have been honed through her doctoral studies. In continued service to her profession, she serves on boards and committees at the national and state level.

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