Access to recreation and play opportunities for city dwellers is a critical component of equity and sustainability, yet development of public parks can have the unintended effect of gentrification in the communities they seek to enhance. This session explores the ways that urban green spaces and parks can be designed to support access by all members of the community - as well as the ways that play and recreation can support equity - by drawing on the experiences of landscape architects who have worked towards this goal in cities across the country.
Parks & Recreation
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. Identify how parks, play and recreation can contribute to an equitable community.
2. Learn about tools and strategies for designing improvements to parks and play spaces without gentrification.
3. Understand how community involvement can be utilized in the design process for recreational spaces.
Diane Jones Allen, ASLA Director of Landscape Architecture The University of Texas at Arlington; Joy Kuebler, ASLA President, CEO Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, PC; Andrew Spurlock, FASLA Principal Spurlock Landscape Architects
American Society of Landscape Architects