Park Access Learning Series: Public Funding Opportunities

Recorded On: 09/19/2019

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Time and time again residents of cities across the country show their support for parks and recreation by supporting bond measures, so how can you join this success and what other public funding strategies are there? Join us for a webinar and interactive panel discussion on ways to increase public financing to support improved and sustained park access and quality. We'll be joined by guest speakers who have successfully leveraged public funding strategies for their park agency as well as economists and policy experts whom have generated data, analysis, and funding mechanisms to successfully increase public financing. 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.

Erin Lonoff

Principal, HR&A Associates, Inc.

Working at the intersection of the public and private sectors, Erin leverages her experience in urban planning and real estate to contribute to the vitality of cities and the public realm. Recent work includes supporting design and funding strategies of parks and public spaces such as Minneapolis’ Commons Park, St. Paul’s River Learning Center, and Rochester’s Heart of the City. Erin also brings experience in coupling infrastructure investment planning with inclusive growth strategies. She recently supported Cleveland’s Shaker Square redesign, focusing on ways to ensure its future operations and governance reflect and support community equity goals.

Pegeen Hanrahan, P.E.

Southeast Conservation Finance Director, Trust for Public Land

Pegeen Hanrahan is based in Gainesville, Florida. She has worked on 17 successful city, county and state ballot measure campaigns, is a professional engineer, and served 12 years as Mayor and City Commissioner of Gainesville, FL.

Barbara Hernandez, CRPR, MPA

Parks and Recreation Director, City of Doral, Florida in Miami-Dade County

Barbara recently led her city to consider and pass a $150 bond measure to improve, expand and revitalize the parks, trails, aquatic and cultural facilities in her young and growing city. Her mayor, Juan Carlos Bermudez, was one of the early signers of the 10 Minute Walk Pledge.

Andrea Cooper

Executive Director of Upstate Forever

Andrea Cooper is the Executive Director of Upstate Forever, a land trust located in Greenville County, SC, and is leading a private-sector effort to seek funding to meet community needs around conservation and water quality protection. She has engaged with leaders in the business, transit, and affordable housing communities to seek consensus and understand public opinions around these priorities.

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