Parks & Recreation Annual Meeting Preview

Morning in Denver's City Park image: mclcbooks via Flickr
Morning in Denver’s City Park
image: mclcbooks via Flickr

The ASLA Annual Meeting starts today! This year’s theme, Resilience, could not be more appropriate as cities around the nation are faced with natural disasters and economic struggles over the past few years. Landscape architects are well positioned to lead cities through these challenges and work towards building resilient communities. Parks and Recreation is an invaluable part of the fabric that builds these resilient cities by creating public spaces that foster community building. Please join us for our PPN meeting this year!

Parks and Recreation PPN Meeting
Sunday, November 23, 1:40-2:15 pm
PPN Room 2 on the EXPO floor

At the Parks and Recreation PPN Meeting Sunday afternoon, we will discuss our PPN’s goals for the upcoming year. We will discuss how the PPN can better support your practice and identify topics and issues that are important to you as well as identify topics for Online Learning webinars and posts for The Field. Bring recent success stories to share! We are also looking for a few volunteers to serve as a PPN Co-Chairs and/or Officers starting after this year’s Annual Meeting. Please attend the PPN Meeting in Denver if you are interested to learn more about serving as a chair or officer.

Special Event:
PPN Networking Reception
Friday, November 21, 5:15-7:15 pm
Meet colleagues and friends at the Professional Practice Networking Reception where you can discuss how practicing landscape architects are contributing to the profession.

Field Sessions:
Several field sessions offer opportunities to explore Denver’s parks and public spaces. From contemporary urban reclamation projects at Stapleton to historic CCC mountain parks, this year’s field trips offer a variety of venues to see how great outdoor spaces are created, transformed and reinvented.

Friday, November 21
FS-007 Stapleton and Lowry: Runways to Green Communities
FS-008 Lariat Loop: Denver’s Mountain Parks and CCC Legacy (Sold Out)
FS-009 You Won’t Forget Boulder’s Landscapes and Landmarks
FS-010 Legacy of the South Platte River Greenway
FS-011 Legacy Space, Contemporary Use: 16th Street Mall and Skyline Park

Education Sessions:
Dozens of education sessions are available to get attendees excited about their role as landscape architects and their contribution to Parks and Recreation whether in private or public practice. Here are a few highlights:

Friday, November 21
FRI-A04 Team Playing to Realize Santa Monica Civic Center Parks
FRI-B09 Rails to Trails and Beyond: Former Margins, Future Connections
FRI-C03 Designing, Implementing, and Managing Improvements to the National Mall
FRI-C07 Sustainable Planting Design: A New Model for Large-Scale Urban Parks
FRI-D03 Playful Cities: Kids and Design in Urban Environments

Saturday, November 22
SAT-B05 Playing by the Rules: Making Artful, Innovative Playgrounds that Meet Standards
SAT-B10 Hunter’s Point South Park: Industrial Wasteland to New Urban Ecological Paradigm

Sunday, November 23
SUN-A10 Put Value to Parks: Economic and Health Benefits

Monday, November 24
MON-B06 Creating New Expressive Landscapes from Old Industrial Infrastructure
MON-C02 SITES™ Certified Parks: Lessons Learned
MON-D07 Public Parks and Private Partners: A Healthy Marriage?

See you in Denver!

by Alison Jumper, ASLA, Parks and Recreation PPN Chair

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