Parks for Everyone: Engaging the Community in Chattanooga’s Parks

Key Information

Date: Tuesday, March 30 and Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Time: 9:00am-11:00am each day

The workshop will be most impactful if everyone joins for the whole time. Please plan to join us on both days.


Park Partnership Workshop

Nearly a year ago, the City of Chattanooga Open Spaces Division, in partnership with City Parks Alliance, had scheduled a Park Partnership Workshop focused on the upcoming park master planning process.  We invited you to be a part of that workshop, to learn from other cities that have incorporated equitable park investment and community-building strategies into their work, and to engage in dialogue with your peers about what that could look like in Chattanooga.   

Needless to say, the past year has been challenging for individuals, communities, and organizations alike, and the workshop as originally envisioned was canceled.  

You are invited to a reimagined, virtual workshop spread over two consecutive days.  Participants will explore barriers and solutions to engaging the community in Chattanooga’s parks and to building stronger relationships with the community and partners. You’ll hear inspiring guest speakers, learn about effective community engagement and relationship building strategies, and most importantly, engage in dialogue with fellow participants to brainstorm how these insights can be applied to enhance the community’s experience with parks in Chattanooga.

Please join us or send a representative from your team to attend this workshop led by City Parks Alliance in partnership with the City of Chattanooga Open Spaces Division, The Trust for Public Land, and the Chattanooga Design Studio. Please do not share this registration page with others. To support meaningful dialogue, there is a limit on number of attendees.

For questions, contact Akosua Cook, Parks Planner, Open Spaces Division at [email protected]

Guest Speakers

  • Sedrick Mitchell, Deputy Director, External Affairs, Office of Grants and Local Services, California State Parks, Sacramento, California.  Sedrick directs California State Parks’ grant program, and will share the tremendous work he and his team have done to incorporate meaningful and highly effective community engagement requirements for their applicants.  These grassroots community engagement efforts often end up strengthening relationships, and result in continued community dialogue around quality of life issues and a vision for what residents want to see in their neighborhoods. 
  • Kaela Geschke, Community Network Manager, Neighborhood Connections, Cleveland, Ohio.  Neighborhood Connections seeks to build community using a variety of strategies, including offering trainings, grants, and events that aim to increase community conversation and connection on a consistent basis.  Kaela will share the work the organization has done to foster grassroots and decentralized connections among neighbors using a network theory of engagement.  In addition to talking about how to foster ongoing community engagement, she will touch on effective strategies to engage the community on projects and plans. 

Support for PARKXCHANGE City Workshops provided by The JPB Foundation.

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