The future of Parks and Recreation is in placemaking, but what exactly IS placemaking? Residents want to live and visit destinations where they can walk, dine, shop, and recreate all in a central location. Vibrant, thriving communities are those that embrace a sense of cohesion and place, with a wide variety of activities and amenities.
How does Parks and Recreation fit into the picture? By working with state and local agencies as well as private enterprises, to create viable spaces for recreational opportunities - trails, greenways, blueways, parks, and playgrounds.
mParks knows that our industry is more important than ever, but to ensure a seat at the table, we need to be well-versed in what matters now. Below are valuable resources regarding placemaking: how-to guides, resource agencies, best-practices, and real-world examples of placemaking in action.
Watch the mParks Placemaking iLab (2017)
The 2017 mParks Conference & Trade Show wrapped up at the Closing Session & Placemaking iLab.
Parks and Placemaking, the importance of connecting people to places, featuring keynote addresses from Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of the Cities; Mick Cornett, Mayor of Oklahoma City;and Mitchell Silver, New York City Parks Commissioner.