2015 VRPS Education Sessions

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Pre-Conference Institutes | Friday & Saturday, November 6 & 7

Conference registration is not required in order to register for these pre-conference sessions.

Aquatic Facility Operator Certification Course
Friday, November 6 & Saturday November 7
| 8 am - 5 pm | Great Neck Recreation Center | 1.5 CEUs

This two-day course provides in-depth instruction in all facets of aquatic facility operation and management including: filtration, disinfection, water testing and treatment, design considerations, facility management, risk management, facility troubleshooting, and much more. The AFO certification course is a training program specifically designed to meet the needs of those working in public, semi-public and municipal pool or waterpark facilities. Upon successful completion of the AFO course and exam, participants will be certified by the National Recreation and Park Association. Certification is valid for 5 years and is renewable. Register

Behind the Scenes Facility Tours, Virginia Beach and Beyond
Saturday, November 7 |
12 - 5 pm | .3 CEUs

Enjoy touring state-of-the-art facilities in Virginia Beach and Norfolk including Williams Farm Recreation Center, Bow Creek Recreation Center, and the Hampton Roads Kroc Center. Get behind-the-scenes viewpoints and gain insight into all areas of management including safety, maintenance, staffing, scheduling, rentals, marketing and much more. Learn the business side of fun! Transportation provided; meet at Hilton lobby. Register


Sunday, November 8 | Hilton at 31st Street

8:30 - 9:45 am

Grant Writing for a Purpose | Dr. Eddie Hill, CPRP & Jennifer Goff, MSEd, CPRP - Old Dominion University

Grant writing is an art, and often overlooked as a potential funding source for parks and recreation agencies.  This session will provide an overview of the basics of grant writing, highlight the importance of collaboration, and examine some potential funding sources based on our nationally identified pillars: Conservation, Social Equity and Health and Wellness.

Universal Design: Opening the Doors for All | Shirley Confino-Rehder, Interior Designer and Chair for the Hampton Roads Disabilities Services Board

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) assures that all parks and recreation area programs and facilities offer equal access to people with disabilities, to the maximum extent possible. It’s guidelines, the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design offers minimal standards to meet the law. UD is a concept, not a law. It is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. This concept encourages you to think out of the box and puts access to all in the forefront of everything we design and put in place. This session will explore various outdoor projects that have been deemed accessible in accordance with the ADA but are still considered dangerous and poorly designed. We will compare these to projects that are successful because they meet the criteria of safety, affordability, easy to use, understand, and placed correctly in the environment so everyone could enjoy and use it. This program will help participants explore options and understand good design.

How Do I Incorporate the Most Popular Crime Prevention Strategies in My Park?
| Dr. Joel McCormick, Professor of Criminal Justice

Dr. McCormick will discuss his research of the most popular crime prevention strategies of municipal recreation and park agencies in the 250 largest cities in the United States. Physical: such as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, emergency call boxes, and video surveillance, and Social: such as Friends of the Park, uniformed officers, and citizen safety committees will be discussed.

User Groups: Are They Putting You at Risk? | Chris Goodman, Southeastern Security Consultants Inc Executive Director

Do you issue facility use permits? Are you concerned about keeping known “high-risk” individuals from gaining access to children on public facilities under your control? Pitfalls uncovered and policies in place help keep the deep pockets of public agencies protected from substandard background screening procedures.

10 am - 12 pm

Opening Session | Tom O'Rourke, Executive Director of Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Cost Recovery and Pricing in Action | Chris Nunes, CPRE - The Woodlands Parks & Recreation Director

Parks and recreation departments are asked each budget year to be leaner and leaner. Revenues, expenditures, and cost recovery are three elements of the budget process that must be examined to ensure efficiency. Learn how to develop a budget based on a cost-center approach, which will allow the professional to understand how the inputs translate to the outputs!

Smart Moves for Successful Projects | Bobbi Nance, CPRP - Oak Park District Project Manager

Park and recreation professionals are often asked to play the role of project manager. Even when excitement about the project is high, balancing these new responsibilities with an already full plate is tough and it’s easy for a project and its team to veer off track. Whether you will be leading a team through a planning process, new technology initiative, construction project, special event, or even an accreditation, learn how to keep your project and team on course and hold on to your sanity in the process.

It’s Just a Game! Dealing With the Conflicts in Youth Recreational Sports | Pete Allen, CYSA - Head of Athletics for City of Norfolk

This session will provide you with the keys to dealing with today’s youth athletes, difficult parents and “win-at-all-costs” coaches in recreational youth sports leagues.

Natural Play Environments: Design for Participation, Education and Safety Compliance | Christopher Cline

The benefits to children of free play and daily exposure to nature have been researched and reported in nearly every media outlet over the past year. “Children are smarter, more cooperative, happier and healthier when they have frequent and varied opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors,” says the Children and Nature Network. So what’s next? This session will explore the range of natural play and learning environments, identifying the characteristics of each including programming options and what safety and accessibility standards apply.

Not Your Average In-Service | Ashley Fink and Kathleen Fish, Aquatic Specialists with Prince William County Department of Parks & Recreation

This interactive session will strengthen and improve your employee engagement in regards to in-service training, Emergency Action Plans and team bonding throughout your facility. This session is designed for aquatics professionals, new aquatics supervisors, and anyone looking to revamp their on-site training program. While focused on the aquatic staff, elements of this program can be applied to other employee groups. Ideal for organizations that already have an existing EAP, we will focus on the implementation and training. You will leave this session with a new outlook on the way you design and lead your facilities and/or organization training program.

1:15 pm - 4 pm

How to Deliver Superior Customer Service | John Houser, NOVA Parks Customer Service Program Director

NOVA Parks has developed a training program for staff on how to deliver superior customer service to all of their guests.  Based on the service purpose of “We take pride in providing GREAT experiences, one PERSON, one PLACE at a time” and the service standards of safety, courtesy and responsiveness the session will provide training on how to use these standards to provide superior customer service. The second part of the session will focus on specific areas of customer service including dealing with difficult customers, proper phone and email etiquette, and how to build a custoerm service culture in your organization. Mr. Houser had taken a leadership role in the development of the program and  has personally provided training to over 300 NOVA parks staff.

2:45 pm - 4 pm

Oh No You Didn’t: How to Deal with and Manage Conflict in the Workplace | Lakita Watson, CPRP - Director of Suffolk Parks & Recreation

Workplace conflict is an unavoidable consequence of professional life. Understanding how to deal with tense work situations will help you avoid rare violent outbursts. This session will help you better understand how to navigate office politics and become more successful.

Counting What Counts: Using Data to Drive Real Change | Bobbi Nance, CPRP - Oak Park District Project Manager

Data is often seen as the quickest way to drive innovation, increase productivity, and gain a competitive advantage. And while all of that is true, without a sound strategy, data collection and measurement can also paralyze staff, waste time, and cause leaders to make poor decisions. Ensure that your team is really measuring what matters and view examples of successful strategies while learning how to avoid common mistakes.

Start Achieving Your Dreams Today! | Dara Kalvort, MBA - Multi Media Sales Manager with WVEC

Everyone starts out their adult life with a bright-eyed outlook on life; ready to take on the world. They have high ideals of want they want to accomplish in life and in their career. However, as life begins to happen and we endure everything from family responsibilities to stress, disappointments and workplace negativity, we slowly lose sight of what we originally were so passionate to create. In this class you will learn how to construct goals that are powered with emotional connection and bursting with that excitement which we lost a bit of along the path of life. Through a series of stories, group discussions and individual exercises, you will leave refreshed with the power and knowledge to begin living the life you have long imagined.

Developing a Road Map for the Future of VRPS | Marcy Durrer & Margaret Thorne

Strategic plan reviews, evaluating survey responses, facilitated meetings and more! Learn about the steps taken this year by your elected VRPS Board members to develop a strategic roadmap for the future of your professional organization. In addition to hearing about the year-long efforts and taking the opportunity to review the draft document, you will also be encouraged to provide feedback and input on this plan.

On Purpose Planning | Liz Garrett, Essential Wellness Coaching

Learn a powerful tool for change that allows you to fall in love with your calendar again. This feel good process puts you in constant touch with your priorities so your days are more productive and meaningful. By combining the benefits of digital calendaring with the tactile pleasures of a planner, you can respond to the realities and demands of your life while moving methodically and incrementally toward your dreams. This integrative approach does not require you to do a lot of extra work; rather, it helps you to think differently about the work you choose to do. Dare to create the life you long for, one day at a time!

4:15 - 5:30 pm

Recreation and Parks 2030 | Tom O'Rourke, Executive Director of Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission

If one were to study the origins of the Park and Recreation profession you would find mostly a tax-supported system of fun and essential services. Recently, the focus has been on the financing of these park systems. The future of the profession will find that the successful agency’s are able to balance both. This session will look at the six most important issues facing our profession in the future. In this session, the participants will address these six topics and leave with a “how to” list to position their agency to address these issues.

Upgrade Performance Through Improved Evaluation Techniques | Chris Nunes, CPRE - The Woodlands Parks & Recreation Director

Upgrading and improving performance is a much needed skill due to the uncertain economic times that we are currently in. Only through a quality and cutting edge evaluation program can a recreation and sport agency make decisions that will positively impact its progress. Learn how a systematic evaluation system can get the results you are seeking.

Increasing Environmental Stewardship: Using the Leave No Trace PEAK Pack | Dr. Eddie Hill, CPRP, Rebecca Lackey and Staci Martin - Old Dominion University

Through the Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids (PEAK) program, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, in partnership with REI, designed the PEAK Pack to provide activities that are educator ready to teach children about the outdoors and responsible use of public lands. To promote the use of the PEAK Pack, Leave No Trace and ODU partnered to develop an assessment tool to measure the effectiveness of the program. Participate in this interactive workshop to learn how to use the PEAK Pack, administer the newly developed assessment scale, and earn a Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop.

Legendary Leadership: Lessons from Coaching Greats | Paul Wilmoth, Athletic Specialist with Chesterfield County Parks & Recreation

Coaching and leadership go hand in hand, and in this session we will delve into the principles used by three of the greatest coaches of all time and how their styles can be mirrored by you.

Creating and Maintaining a Successful Internship Program | Cathy Orletsky, CTRS and Melody Beck, CTRS - Norfolk Therapeutic Recreation Center

Internships are a way to give back to our profession; however, creating and maintaining them are sometimes a challenge.  Whether you are in the beginning stages of creating an internship program or have had one for years and need some added advice, this session is for you! You will learn about the benefits to providing internships, how to create and maintain them, sample codes of conduct, as well as some secrets to success!


Monday, November 9 | Virginia Beach Convention Center

8 - 9:15 am

Remember Who You Are: Understanding the Power You have to Make a Difference
How do you want to be known? | Lori Hoffner - President, Supporting CommUnity, Inc.

How do you want to be known? Do your everyday actions reflect the kind of person that you want people to remember you? Are you a kind, caring and generous individual or do your deeds reflect something different? Are your everyday actions and deeds helping you cultivate, connect and converge? If necessary, you can make a change. You do not have to be held hostage to negative and self-destructive behaviors, rather you can create for yourself the type of life you want to live.

Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders: Generation Y and Z | Betsy Kennedy, EdM, CTRS, Dr. Eddie Hill, CPRP and Jenny Goff, MSEd, CPRP - Old Dominion University

This session will focus on the impact Generations Y and Z (millennials) have on today’s workplace. Discussion will include an overview of today’s millennial generation; who they are, how they learn, what motivates them to succeed. Focus will be given to the impact they are having on today’s workplace and the importance of creating millennial leaders. Today’s college students come to us with different expectations, motives, and experience. The parks and recreation industry needs to be better equipped to help recruit, maintain, and maximize potential of Gen Y & Z.

Becoming a Better Me | Tom O'Rourke, Executive Director of Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission

You won’t be a very successful manager of others unless you can successfully manage yourself. Taking care of “ME,” should be first in ones list of priorities. This session will provide an introspective look at oneself with an emphasis on focusing on your life’s purpose and then feeding that purpose with actions.

Transforming Your Team’s Workplace Into a “Living Office” | Donna M. Phaneuf, AIA -  VIA Design Architects and Michael Kalvort, CPRE - Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Director

Everyone works in different ways. But what if a space could be designed so individuals can work better as a team? Did you know that there are 10 different ways to work, but most offices only promote four of these types? A living office is the answer to achieving your personal success. Let’s face it, we spend more time at work than at home so it might as well be comfortable and assist you in meeting your goals. Powerful mobile technology and seamless information networks allow work to happen anywhere, at any time, driving a shift in the fundamental purpose of the formal office. What was once secondary; connection, spontaneous interaction, and group expression, is now becoming primary. Bringing people together, to power their ultimate creativity and performance, is the essential purpose of today's living office. It helps people and organizations share and succeed.

This class will examine how you can better utilize your environment to promote team work, creativity, and insure organizational and personal success. 

Donna Phanuef, an architect and president of VIA Design, and Michael Kalvort, a parks and recreation director, will walk you through real life examples and will give you the tools to improve your work environment. Hands-on activities and group discussion will make you see your office as a place that brings together people, ideas, tools, furnishings and spaces, to create a more desirable workplace.

Trends in Sports and Fitness: What's Hot and What's Not! | Art Thatcher

A challenge for any Parks and Recreation professional is to stay on top of the latest trends in programming. Once members of the community get word of a sport that they think is interesting, they will often look to your agency to see whether or not it is provided.

Connecting Through Webinars | Janit Llewellyn Allen, Department of Conservation and Recreation and Nancy Turnage, Virginia Recreation and Park Society

This session is designed to identify and cultivate VRPS talent and interest in developing live, online presentations.  The VRPS webinar series offers opportunities to present projects or training modules to Virginia’s statewide parks and recreation audience. After attending this session, you will have the contacts, tolls and an outline to begin growing your outreach. Bring your tablet, computer or pen and paper to begin the next step in teaching and sharing your talent using a free tool available only with your VRPS membership.

9:30 - 10:45 am

How to Encourage Organizational Improvement | Cindy Curtis, CPRP - Deputy City Manager, City of Virginia Beach

One constant we can count on in today’s world is CHANGE. The good news … change can solve real issues. The bad news … it often creates distress and disruption. Organizations are typically very good at planning for change and leading its implementation. But because this planning and leading takes time and energy, we often fail in the most critical area – managing the people side of change. We become so focused on achieving outcomes, we forget … organizations don’t change … PEOPLE DO. This session will provide leadership strategies to help organizations succeed in their change initiatives.

Eye of the Tiger: Seeing Success from a New Perspective | Michael Kalvort, CPRE - Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Director and Rebecca Lackey, ODU Parks & Recreation Management

Parks and recreation is a field that is changing quickly for us as professionals. What makes someone successful today is different from what success was 20 years ago.  Some say that new professionals have to work in a different way and that tried and true methods no longer work, but is this true?  Michael (a Director) and Rebecca (a Young Professional and College Student) will facilitate a discussion that will take a look at the facts, myths, truths, pitfalls, and lies which you need to be aware of to be successful. If you are new to the field, or a seasoned professional, this class will give you the tools to better understand how you can make a difference and stand out from your coworkers, get the job you want, or simply be successful.

Expense Management: Reduce Cost Not Quality | Chris Nunes, CPRE - The Woodlands Parks & Recreation Director

Expense management for our programs and facilities is an essential skill for any recreation and sport agency.  Participants will gain knowledge in the various methods in which to reduce costs through a variety of tips, tricks and techniques ranging from supplies to staff. Specific attention will be paid to programs and facility management and how to ensure that these savings can be sustained over the long term. Most importantly participants will have the ability to reduce their cost of providing a service which can result in more profit or the ability to continue their vital services.

Developmental Asset Profile – Moving from Childcare to Youth Development | Anitra Pregiato and Shelby LaBoard - Out-of-School Time Programs, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation

Are you looking to impact the life of a child in a way they will remember forever? Do you want to be a part of building within them the assets they need to be successful? The 40 developmental assets profile, created by the Search Institute, focuses on building strengths that every child needs growing up. Take a look at a pilot program we launched in the Virginia Beach Out-of-School Time programs that focused on intentional programming versus intended programming, our desired outcome – to move from a childcare organization to a youth development organization.

Leadership in the New Millennium | Darrell Crittendon - Director of Recreation, Parks & Open Space for City of Norfolk

What is leadership? Is leadership a function? Leadership is the ability to achieve outcomes through others. Leaders must have knowledge competencies and be able to use them to achieve great outcomes of the services that are being offered.  The session will help those interested in improving their capacity to be a high performer and obtain skills and competencies to do the work.

Private Swim Lesson Programming | Jennifer Lainhart, Sports Programmer - Arlington County and Britta Stratford, Parks Specialist - Fairfax County Parks Authority

In today’s society customers value individualized programs that meet their schedule and instructional needs. Most aquatic facilities have seen increased interest in personalized lessons and have implemented private swim lesson programs. This session will benefit those who already have a program or are looking to start one from scratch.

11 am - 12:15 pm

Staff Communication: Control, Filters, and Perception | Lori Hoffner - President, Supporting CommUnity, Inc.

The way you communicate greatly influences the outcome of a conversation. What you say and when and how you say it determines the conversation’s success or failure. Our communication is continually influenced by individual filters. Those filters are established by many different factors. One of the most prevalent these days is the generational filter, developed in the process of socialization and experiences. These filters crucially affect communication and interaction. We will discuss multiple communication models, helping you determine what will be the most successful approach for you to cultivate, connect and converge with your staff.

Dealing with the 3 D’s: The Difficult, Demotivated, and Duds | Bobbi Nance, CPRP - Oak Park District Project Manager

Leading your staff isn’t always as easy as those Successories poster may have you believe.  Learn how to diagnose the cause of an employee’s poor performance before it spreads to the rest of your team.  Find out how to walk that fine line of treating staff as individuals while still holding them to the same expectations. Supervisors will see how their actions may be contributing to the problem and then learn how to respond to some of the most common excuses that poor performers make.

Build Your Own Toolbox for Developing Creative, Collaborative, Innovative and Cost Efficient Senior Recreation Programs | Adriana Carr, MBA - Senior Center Director with Arlington Parks & Recreation

Learn how to maximize your senior programming capacity by developing a tool box of ideas that will boost the programs you provide to your older adult population. Discover innovative ways to work beyond the walls of your center and expand your recreational offerings.

Me 2: Building Inclusive Communities Through Play | Matt Ross, Play & Park Structures

Explore best practices for designing inclusive outdoor play environments that move beyond accessibility, address the needs of the whole child, and promote meaningful play experiences between people of all ages and abilities.

Meadow Management and Buffer Management | Michael Moore, CNMP-DCR and Shawn Hopson, MPA - Virginia Beach Parks & Natural Areas

What makes one trail system a success, while another is unpopular or the source of conflict?  Why do some trails last for decades with minimal maintenance, while others require yearly, expensive repairs? Whether you are planning to introduce mountain biking to your park or planning to upgrade an existing trail system, explore these questions and the many approaches to solving common trial management problems.

The Urban Forest – Benefits and Management of this Vital Natural Infrastructure Element | Carol Rizzio and Barbara Duke

The urban forest touches the lives of citizens every day. It provides numerous benefits to communities and residents, including cleaner air and water, cooler temperatures, energy savings, and improved physical and emotional health.  Participants will learn how to quantify the many benefits urban forests provide and the elements needed to pro-actively manage this important natural infrastructure element. We will discuss best management practices, lessons learned, and break down this seemingly overwhelming task into actionable items. This session is based on the research and work performed to develop the City of Virginia Beach’s Urban Forest Management Plan and Program, a plan that can serve as a model for other communities.


Tuesday, November 10 | Hilton at 31st Street

8:30 - 9:45 am

Hey Coach: Positive Practical Approaches to Athletes and Parents | Lori Hoffner - President, Supporting CommUnity, Inc.

This program will give your youth sports staff and the volunteer coaches they work with practical tools and techniques to cultivate, connect and converge with those challenging and vocal parents while also giving young athletes a positive and memorable experience.

Signs, Signs Everywhere a Sign | Mark Furlo, CPSI - Isle of Wight Parks & Recreation Director

Signs are everywhere, telling us where things are and what we can and can’t do. In this fun and informative session, you will learn how to create a clear and cohesive identity for your park system. We will also discuss local regulations on signage, graphic standards, choosing sign materials and building specifications, ADA implications, how many signs are enough, and when do you start to have sign pollution.

Make Me! Understanding What Motivates and What Doesn’t | Zach Mural, Ph.D - Vice President of Education for Minnieland Academy

We’ve all seen staff stuck in a slump, supervised that person who has to be asked to do every…little…thing, or worked with the person or child who steadfastly refuses to do anything new. Through a fast paced mix of stories, science and interactions, participants will get a firsthand look at why individuals do (or don’t do) what they do, and more importantly learn what they can do about it.

Model Aquatic Health Code: The Myth and the Reality | Sandra Kellogg, Fairfax County Park Authority

The Model Aquatic Health Code is here to stay! Come find out what it is, what it isn’t and what’s in there. This session will be a hands-on exploration from both a facility management and an operator point of view, and include the history and future of the MAHC. We will also work with the actual document, using both the Code and the Annex, to see how the document works together and provides a best practice guideline to a very complicated industry. Be ready to explore, learn and debate!

10 - 11:15 am

Developing a Road Map for the Future of VRPS | Marcy Durrer & Margaret Thorne

Strategic plan reviews, evaluating survey responses, facilitated meetings and more! Learn about the steps taken this year by your elected VRPS Board members to develop a strategic roadmap for the future of your professional organization. In addition to hearing about the year-long efforts and taking the opportunity to review the draft document, you will also be encouraged to provide feedback and input on this plan.

Trends: The Future of Parks and Recreation: An Interactive Roundtable
Michael Kalvort, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Director; Darrell Crittendon, Norfolk Parks & Recreation Director; Lakita Watson, Suffolk Parks & Recreation Director; Mark Furlo, Isle of Wight Parks & Recreation Director

The Parks and Recreation Field is rapidly changing. From programs and operations, to the best management practices, to the skills you need to get the next promotion or get selected to be part of a special project team, our profession has seen many changes. Trends are changing at the speed of light and will be discussed. This roundtable will give YOU the opportunity to ask four (4) directors questions you might wish you could ask your own director or supervisor, but can’t. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with other professionals and develop some key insights on how you can be more successful in your position and capitalize on future trends.

Adapt It! | Tryphena Poulson, CTRS; Kaitlyn Miura, CTRS - Norfolk Therapeutic Recreation Center

In this session we will discuss adapted program modifications with different types of assisted technology ranging from simple household items to virtual recreation experiences. Learn the various ways of adapting programs to meet the needs of everyone with or without a disability.

Designing for All Abilities 2.0 and Beyond the ADA | Missy Benson, Play Advocate

We will address what inclusion means with regards to addressing aspects of various disabilities of a play area. An overview of the basic principles of inclusion on the playground and how it includes but goes beyond ADA regulations will be provided.  We'll review the symptoms and play consequences of major disabilities and summarize what real-life inclusive solutions might look like for each of the disabilities reviewed.

Lessons Learned: Tales from an Award Winning Recreation Center
 | Randy Jones, OWPR Architects & Engineers and Ken Goodyear, Radford Parks & Recreation Director

Looking back at more than a decade of use, this seminar will explore the do’s and dont’s of designing and constructing a community recreation center. We will also discuss expected and unexpected maintenance issues that developed within the first decade of use.

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Living Shorelines for Erosion Protection: Nature-Based Alternatives to Shoreline Hardening | Karen Duhring

Reducing shoreline erosion in park settings is sometimes necessary for public safety and risk reduction. Yet traditional hard structures such as bulkheads and revetments have adverse effects on the local ecology. Erosion protection can be accomplished with a nature-based approach called ‘living shorelines’. These practices incorporate native plants and other organic materials to reduce wave action, intercept storm surges and stabilize soils. Case study examples from Virginia parks will illustrate how these projects work, plus how they can provide public education and volunteer opportunities.

Making Parks Relevant 2.0 | Missy Benson, Play Advocate

Communities change continuously. If their parks and outdoor spaces do not change in parallel, there will be mismatches between societal needs and what our parks offer. We will review trends that affect outdoor spaces in 2015, look at the importance of various park and recreation 2015 survey results and new methods to increase park relevance in communities. In addition, we will discuss ways to enhance communication regarding the value of each park, open space project, the 2015 elevator speech and the successes and challenges of the public/private funding source partnerships.

The Psychology of Urban Play: The Human Dimension of the City | Helle Burlingame, Psychologist and KOMPAN Play Institute Director

Learn what modern residents want as well as urban trends: demographics, urban attractions and problems, and the profound effect that physical environments have on our psychological and physical state. What knowledge, design features and techniques can we employ to encourage optimal experiences in the city and to set the stage for resourceful thinking about urban parks and school playgrounds? Research findings, outdoor play advocacy, risky play, play typologies, life skills, and play value that supports healthy child development will be identified and the link to the importance of designing quality playgrounds.