Empowering the Community Through Authentic Engagement

Virtual Workshop
Empowering the Community Through Authentic Engagement

Parks serve a diverse array of community members of all ages, races, and walks of life, and engaging this diverse community is an important part of what park leaders do. However, engagement can mean different things – from soliciting input on park master plans and projects, to involving residents in design and programming, to building the community’s capacity to help steward their local parks.

This workshop will explore these various  elements of community engagement, as well as strategies for building more authentic relationships and centering community voices. The workshop includes interactive exercises that explore the use of play to engage others, presentations from peers who are doing impactful community engagement work, and breakout sessions with other workshop participants.

Registration for this workshop is closed. The event has reached capacity. 


Akosua Cook
Parks Planner
City of Chattanooga Department of Parks and Outdoors
Chattanooga, TN

Akosua is a Parks Planner for the City of Chattanooga where she plans new park sites and improvements to existing parks, which involves evaluating sites and recommending development that will best meet the needs of the community. For several years Akosua’s work has focused on creating greater access to parks for residents and developing a new Parks and Outdoors Plan.

Joy Kuebler
Founder and President

Joy Kuebler, FASLA, is a local and national award-winning professional with more than 20 years’ experience. Joy has a passion for play as a process and has shared her experiences from the TEDx stage. In 2020, she launched PLAYCE Studio, to train the community of landscape architects, designers, planners, in these meaningful engagement techniques.

Cheryl Salazar

Cheryl Salazar
Managing Partner

Cheryl Salazar, MPA, CPRP, has a passion for community and public service. Her 20-year public service record has included experiences with parks and recreation programs and operations, project management, non-profit administration, event organizing, grant writing, marketing and communications, and public policy.

Akiima Price

Akiima Price
Friends of Anacostia Park
Washington, DC

Akiima is a Washington, DC native and a nationally respected thought leader at the intersection of social and environmental issues and the relationship between nature and community well-being. Akiima currently develops strategies to strengthen Anacostia Park’s programming and external relationships.


Diana Colangelo

Diana Colangelo
Senior Program Manager
City Parks Alliance

Diana joined City Parks Alliance in 2019 and serves as Senior Program Manager. Diana manages several of CPA’s programs, including workshops, webinars, peer conversations, technical assistance work in cities across the country, and other capacity-building initiatives designed to strengthen cross-sector park partnerships.

We encourage teams of 2-4 people per city to register and offer discounts for city teams! We strongly recommend that teams include individuals from at least two different organizations to maximize the potential for partnership and collaboration following the workshop.

Registration Fees:

  • Individual member: $50
  • Individual non-member: $80 – Save $30 by becoming a CPA member!
  • Team of 2 with at least one CPA member: $90
  • Team of 2, non-member: $150 – Save $60 by becoming a CPA member!
  • Team of 3, with at least one CPA member: $120
  • Team of 3, non-member: $210 – Save $90 by becoming a CPA member!
  • Team of 4 with at least one CPA member: $140
  • Team of 4, non-member: $260 – Save $120 by becoming a CPA member!

Registration for this workshop is closed. The event has reached capacity. 

Event Contact
Diana Colangelo
Aug 10, 2023
2:00-5:00 PM ET


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