Registration is now open for the conference and the pre-conference tours
Park Pride is hosting their 12th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on March 25, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Scheduled is a host of excellent speakers who will share case study examples of park and greenspace solutions that specifically address Park Prides mission and the conference theme, “Activating Parks for Healthy Communities”. This conference promises to offer a unique educational experience through presentations and tours that explore how parks are essential to a community’s physical, mental, emotional and economic health.
Following are the five key focus areas.
- Healthy Benefits of Play
- Health through Community Engagement in Parks
- Health and the Natural Environment
- Parks are Good Medicine
- Health through Park Design
Register for one or both of these tours
Saturday, March 23, 2013: Atlanta Children’s Forest Network Tour
The tour will highlight three little known green jewels that comprise the Atlanta Children’s Forest Network (ACFN): the 26-acre Outdoor Activity Center, the 135-acre Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, and the 200-acre Hampton-Beecher Nature Preserve. Participants will experience the unique features and will learn about the ecological systems and the cultural history of these properties. Tour leaders, Dennis Krusac, Na’Taki Osborne-Jelks, and Darryl Haddock will also share the results and impacts from the implementation of the AFCN project to date.
Sunday, March 24, 2012: Healthy Communities Take Root with Fruit, the East Atlanta Village Fruit Tree Walking Tour
Participants will learn the virtues of planting fruit trees in the public realm and how they activate parks for healthy communities. The tour will highlight over 15 species appropriate for the urban environment, care requirements and design best practices. Tour leader, Robby Astrove will demonstrate how the East Atlanta community is becoming unified and healthy via the community’s public green spaces and local food system. Walking maps and species profiles will be provided as well as a local food item sponsored by the East Atlanta Farmers’ Market.
We hope you will register early for Park Pride’s Parks and Greenspace Conference and that you will consider joining them on one or more of the pre-conference weekend tours. See you there!
For more information and to visit the official Park Pride Conference site, please visit http://www.parkpride.org/conference/