Park Access Learning Series: Great Parks for All: Improving Park Quality Standards
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Having a park close to home is important but what amenities are provided and what is their quality? Park agencies that have high 10-minute walk to a park access often turn their focus to the quality of their park spaces. We'll be joined by guest speakers who are tackling the question of “what is a high-quality park space?” and will share their strategies to incorporate the community into the process. Bring your questions, experience, and ideas for a robust discussion around best practices you can use in your city.
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.
Associate Principal, Sasaki
Laura is a landscape architect and associate principal at Sasaki. She has a particular interest in the design of urban public spaces through an engaged public process and the issues of social and environmental justice in the landscape. Her work at Sasaki includes landscape design and planning for cities and campuses, with an emphasis on resiliency. Laura maintains a close connection to the academic community and has taught in recent years at Northeastern University, the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Urban Parks Planner Coordinator, M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks
Cristina Sassaki, AICP, LEED BD+C, joined M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks in 2016, bringing over 20 years of national and international experience in planning and urban design. The lead planner for urban parks initiatives in Montgomery Parks, Cristina recently completed the Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan - an innovative plan which focuses on promoting equitable walking access to park experiences for all: residents, workers, and visitors. Cristina’s diverse background and comprehensive planning expertise contributed to the plan’s ability to identify needs, anticipate trends, and promote important health and social equity benefits for the community.
Fiscal Analyst, City of Raleigh Parks
Since 2008, I have served as the Fiscal Analyst for the City of Raleigh Parks Maintenance Division. I handle financial analysis & reporting for an 18M budget, strategic planning, performance measures, business process improvement, and I lead 4 Administrative staff on various projects and tasks. My most exciting project is the development of Dorothea Dix Park, a 300+ acre park located in Raleigh’s Downtown, ultimately to be transformed into ‘Central Park of the South’. When not at work, my husband and I are raising twin 14-year-old girls (both who are seriously boy crazy) and one senior rescue fur-baby.