Sports Facilities Into Eco-Friendly Community Spaces

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While athletic fields don’t always seem like they would offer much potential for increased sustainability, this session will provide attendees with an enhanced understanding of ways to transform sports facilities into eco-friendly community spaces. Spotlighting methods like organic land management and integrated pest management, this webinar will focus on ways park and recreation professionals can take action to make play areas — including youth sports fields and facilities — more conservation-friendly.

Learning Objectives 
Following this session, learners will be able to: 

  1. Understand the ways climate resilience and youth sports intersect and how to balance these two seemingly competing priorities.
  2. Harness the power of athletic facilities and open play spaces to boost community sustainability efforts and connect residents to nature.

This session is eligible for 0.1 CEU.

Patti Bakker

Green Seattle Partnership, Wildlife, and IPM Program Manager

Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation

Patti is Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Manager for the Green Seattle Partnership, Wildlife and IPM programs. She has been with the City for almost five years and has been working toward protection and restoration of habitats and species for 28 years, including work with local, state and federal agencies as well as large and small non-profit organizations.

Jay Rood

Senior Capital Projects Coordinator

Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation

Jay Rood has been with the City of Seattle’s Park and Recreation Department for 6 years working as a project manager – stewarding projects from programming/funding, design development, community engagement, permitting, bidding, construction thru to close-out and opening celebration. Some of the CIP projects Jay has managed have been all season multi-sports uses artificial/synthetic turf playfields with lights – both new installations (2) as well as replacements (9). Jay has been in both private practice and public service since 1975 – working as a licensed landscape architect (Oregon, Washington & Alaska), urban designer/planner, and construction manager. 

Adam Anulewicz, MCA

Park Environmental Specialist

Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management

Adam Anulewicz, MCA, has been employed with the City Of Springfield since 2017, where he runs the Organic Lawn Care program for 12 of the city's parks and works on various environmental projects throughout the city. Adam went to college in New York, where he studied Forestry and Park Management and graduated with Bachelors of Science Degree in 2010. He is an avid fisherman, forager and hunter. 

Pam Newcombe


PJC Organic

Teresa Morrissey (Moderator)

Park Access Program Manager

National Recreation and Park Association

Teresa Morrissey joined NRPA's Park Access Team as a Program Manager in October 2020 to support the creation and execution of NRPA's youth sports strategy. She oversees a portfolio of grants that are designed to empower park and recreation professionals to improve equitable access to youth sports in their communities, including managing distribution of funds and project coordination, providing training and technical assistance, and creation and dissemination of resources. Bringing 5 years’ experience in community partnerships to the team, Teresa is skilled at forging relationships at the community level that advance equity. 

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