Park Access Learning Series: Engaging City Leadership in Equitable Park Access and Quality

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An ongoing challenge park and recreation professionals face is how to meaningfully engage city leadership in supporting and advocating for equitable park access and quality. This webinar will feature communities that are actively addressing this challenge and will provide examples of how they’re overcoming it. Bring your questions and ideas for a robust discussion around best practices you can use in your city.

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Jared Mummert

Program Specialist, National Recreation and Park Association

Jared Mummert is a Program Specialist at NRPA, working on the 10-Minute Walk campaign. As a graduate in Environmental Law and Policy from Unity College, he is dedicated to environmental justice issues. Prior to his time at NRPA, Jared worked as a political and community outreach organizer on multiple campaigns, including organizing farmers in Maryland to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act, engaging Colorado voters in the 2014 midterm election, and connecting low-income families to national parks. He has also served in the Student Conservation Association, AmeriCorps, and the National Park Service as park ranger for multiple sites, including Grand Teton National Park. As an avid outdoorsman and public lands advocate, Jared is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to quality open spaces.

Christina Sandoval

Principal Planner, Albuquerque Parks and Recreation

Christina has a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico. Her first job as a 16-year-old was passing out lunches in a neighborhood park.  Little did she know that 10 years later she would be back working for the Parks and Recreation Department.  Christina has spent the past 20 years developing parks and open spaces for the enjoyment of Albuquerque residents and visitors. In 2009 she became a mom to three special needs boys.  Her boys have given her a greater understanding and appreciation for the importance of outdoor recreation, equity and the role we as Parks and Recreation professionals play in the physical and mental health of our citizens.

Brad Buschur

Project Director, Groundwork Lawrence

Brad Buschur is a Project Director for Groundwork Lawrence. Over the past ten years, he has managed the community engagement, design, and construction of $26 million of park projects. He also oversees Groundworks urban forestry program, which has utilized local labor to plant over 2000 trees over the past three years. While earning a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Brad began his career by designing park projects in Boston and stewarding the grounds of Tower Hill Botanic Garden. He carried these skills internationally, expanding his practice by working on large commercial and institutional projects while working with RMJM and Payette Associates.  Brad completed his undergraduate studies in Urban Planning and Political Science at Miami University.

James Hardy

Deputy Mayor for Integrated Development, Akron, Ohio

James Hardy is Deputy Mayor for Integrated Development for the City of Akron, Ohio.  In this role he manages planning and urban design functions, economic development, recreation and parks, downtown operations, and elements of engineering.  He previously served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Daniel Horrigan, and is a 2020-21 Fulcrum Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy's Center for Community Investment.


Engaging City Leadership in Equitable Park Access and Quality
07/16/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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