City Parks Alliance Workshop: Great Parks = Strong Communities in Baltimore

Every Baltimore City community deserves access to a vibrant, safe, and enjoyable park! As a follow-up to the recent Rec 2025 Strategic Plan Roundtable sessions, you are invited to a half-day workshop during which participants will strategize together about how to move from planning to implementation.

We’ll explore how partnerships between parks departments, nonprofits, community advocates, and the private sector can increase utilization of parks, improve safety, and create a culture of advocacy for parks. You’ll hear inspiring guest speakers, learn about critical elements of successful park partnerships, and engage in dialogue with their fellow participants to brainstorm how these insights can be applied to enhance the parks and recreation system in Baltimore.

Please join us or send a representative from your team to join this workshop led by City Parks Alliance in partnership with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and Parks & People Foundation.

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Location:
Cylburn Arboretum Vollmer Center
4915 Greenspring Avenue

Lunch will be provided at 1:00pm, and there will be time for networking. Participants must register by Thursday, January 30th, 2020.

Guest speakers will include:

Vicki Israel, Assistant General Manager of Partnerships and Revenue, Department of Parks and Recreation, City of Los Angeles

Vicki will discuss the Summer Night Lights program, a gang reduction and youth development initiative that has involved a variety of partnerships and has resulted in measurable reductions in violent crime in SNL neighborhoods. Vicki will speak to the success of this program, as well as how the city structures its nonprofit and private sector partnerships to ensure success and accountability.

Michael Halicki, Executive Director, Park Pride, Atlanta, Georgia

Park Pride engages citizens in efforts to enhance parks and greenspace through advocacy, community gardens, volunteerism, and capital improvements. Park Pride also works to ensure that greenspace initiatives are adequately funded and remain a priority of elected officials. Michael will speak to how they support a strong network of friends of parks groups and how they work with that network and the city on park programming, capital investments, and advocacy.

Support for PARKXCHANGE City Workshops provided by The JPB Foundation.

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