NRPA 2017 Conference Planning Bundle

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This is as bundle of 3 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Planning." Included in this package are the following sessions: 

  • Water Wisdom: Planning, Designing and Maintaining Water Play Destinations: Water is a powerful medium that naturally inspires us to play and interact together, while offering a variety of choices for how users enjoy and engage. Celebrate the many research-based health benefits of water play, and empower communities to effectively champion water play initiatives. Discover design strategies that thoughtfully address child development and key considerations in the planning, design and maintenance phases of your project to create a beloved community destination.
  • City of New Orleans: Strategic Urban Water Management and Recreation Opportunities: This session will catalyze interest in the development of strategic water-management interventions at recreation sites and their comprehensive maintenance. The presentation will review the New Orleans approach to urban-water management and highlight the many opportunities to uplift healthy activities and recreation through the program. We will also explore ways in which different public, private and community entities can participate in the collective operations and maintenance of the projects.
  • How to Portray the Value of Trails in Your Community: This workshop will provide tangible strategies and implementation tools to leverage trails to create real-estate value and promote city building. We will also explore methodologies for design and placemaking that can create experiences and destinations, leverage public and private interests, align the trail to be a social-equity tool, and realize safe and accessible design with low environmental impact.

 

  • Water Wisdom: Planning, Designing and Maintaining Water Play Destinations

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    Water is a powerful medium that naturally inspires us to play and interact together, while offering a variety of choices for how users enjoy and engage. Celebrate the many research-based health benefits of water play, and empower communities to effectively champion water play initiatives. Discover design strategies that thoughtfully address child development and key considerations in the planning, design and maintenance phases of your project to create a beloved community destination.

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    Water is a powerful medium that naturally inspires us to play and interact together, while offering a variety of choices for how users enjoy and engage. Celebrate the many research-based health benefits of water play, and empower communities to effectively champion water play initiatives. Discover design strategies that thoughtfully address child development and key considerations in the planning, design and maintenance phases of your project to create a beloved community destination.

    Water play has an immense appeal to people of all ages. It is therapeutic nature and encourages active interaction and sensory exploration. Water is beautiful to look at, calming to listen to, and wonderful to touch. Many parks and recreation facilities plan to open upcoming water play destination and they are seeking best practices and knowledge to effectively advocate the benefits, address challenges, and thoughtfully plan, design, fund, maintain, and sustain these community assets.

    Competencies:

    • Summarize the need, value, and benefits of water play destinations;
    • Identify key water play considerations to help community professionals in their planning, development and long-term sustainability efforts; and
    • List design strategies to address child development, inclusion, and support multigenerational use.

  • How to Portray the Value of Trails in Your Community

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/26/2017

    ​This workshop will provide tangible strategies and implementation tools to leverage trails to create real-estate value and promote city building. We will also explore methodologies for design and placemaking that can create experiences and destinations, leverage public and private interests, align the trail to be a social-equity tool, and realize safe and accessible design with low environmental impact.​

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    This workshop will provide tangible strategies and implementation tools to leverage trails to create real-estate value and promote city building. We will also explore methodologies for design and placemaking that can create experiences and destinations, leverage public and private interests, align the trail to be a social-equity tool, and realize safe and accessible design with low environmental impact. 

    Urban trails can nurture wide-ranging benefits, from tourism and increased land value, to increased economic competitiveness and more socially equitable placemaking. In fact, trails are the open space typology with the most potential for value creation in a city. The challenge tends to be that city leaders do not always understand the value creation potential of well-designed trails, and with less municipal and state funds, it is increasingly necessary to be able to make the case for trail value.

    Competencies:

    • Upon completion of this session, participants will have an understanding of how Cities can leverage trails for economic competitiveness;
    • Participants will come away with the beginnings of a mechanism for how to communicate the case for trail development in their city by being able to show the range of benefits that can be unlocked; and
    • Participants will learn best practices in trail design for achieving safe and accessible pedestrian and bicycle networks that will contribute to the social equity of the city.
  • City of New Orleans: Strategic Urban Water Management and Recreation Opportunities

    Contains 5 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/27/2017

    This session will catalyze interest in the development of strategic water-management interventions at recreation sites and their comprehensive maintenance. The presentation will review the New Orleans approach to urban-water management and highlight the many opportunities to uplift healthy activities and recreation through the program. We will also explore ways in which different public, private and community entities can participate in the collective operations and maintenance of the projects.

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    The City of New Orleans is undertaking an unprecedented network of integrated initiatives designed to reduce flood risk, improve health, and adapt our city to a changing natural environment. As an urban landscape the City has identified that it is advantageous to focus interventions at parks to assist in Stormwater Management. After significant rain events or storm-surge flooding recreational facilities are put offline until they can be restored back in service.

    This session will catalyze interest in the development of strategic water-management interventions at recreation sites and their comprehensive maintenance. The presentation will review the New Orleans approach to urban-water management and highlight the many opportunities to uplift healthy activities and recreation through the program. We will also explore ways in which different public, private and community entities can participate in the collective operations and maintenance of the projects.

    Session outcomes:

    • Participants will be able to discuss Resiliency and Urban Water Management and describe examples of Stormwater Management and Green Infrastructure Projects.
    • Participants will be able to explain the benefits of Urban Water Management projects for recreational and educational use.
    • Demonstrate how operations and maintenance can be leveraged to minimize disruptions by incorporation of Green Infrastructure.

    Jeffrey Hebert

    Deputy Mayor, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Resilience Officer, City of New Orleans

    Jeff Hebert was appointed Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer in August 2016, and continues to serve as the City of New Orleans’ first Chief Resilience Officer. In this capacity, he oversees the administration of City Hall and leads the Mayor’s efforts to improve city government performance and the Mayor’s charge to return the city to fiscal stability. As Chief Resilience Officer, Hebert oversees the implementation of the nation’s first Comprehensive Resilience Strategy, development of the city’s climate action plan and sea level rise and climate adaptation strategies, and was recently appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration, and Conservation.

    Katie Dignan

    Project Delivery Unit Manager, City of New Orleans

    Katie Dignan joined the City of New Orleans as the Project Delivery Unit Manager in March of 2011. In this capacity she is responsible for the fiscal management of the City’s Capital and Infrastructure Budget. Since joining the City the Capital and Infrastructure budget has steadily increased from $800M to over $3 Billion. She serves as program and grant administrator for the FEMA Public Assistance, FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, HUD Disaster Community Development Block Grant, and HUD National Disaster Resilience projects. She has assisted in the planning and execution for repairs, renovations, and new construction of over 136 recreational facility projects and she is currently spearheading the Stormwater Management Capital Program.