Adopt-A-Park Summit

Adopt-A-Park Summit 2017-07-06T09:46:09+00:00
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Austin Parks Foundation and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department partnered to host the 3rd Annual Adopt-A-Park Summit on May 20, 2017. The Summit featured a full day of sessions and workshops centered around making your vision for your park a reality.

Current and new adopters, as well as those interested in adopting their park, are invited to join us for a day of learning and camaraderie in 2018! Check back soon for registration info and details. 

2017 Session Topics

Speaker: John Rooney

New adopters are encouraged to join us to learn more about the Adopt-A-Park program. We’ll cover handbook highlights, the resources available from APF and PARD, as well as how to create a safe and accessible park.

Speaker: Katie Robillard, PLA

Be inspired by amazing parks. Find ideas, discover new amenities and hear about some of the latest trends in park development.

Speaker: City Council Member Alison Alter

Learn the basics of asking neighbors, local businesses and grant makers for the support your park needs. The session will feature Council Member Alison Alter sharing from her experience fundraising for her neighborhood park, and what makes a compelling case for funding the park of your dreams.

Speaker: Julia Campbell

School parks play a key role in connecting students and neighborhood communities to nature. Over the last year the Austin Parks and Recreation Department has been participating in the Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative, a nation-wide grant project uncovering ways that city leadership can help get kids outside and connected to nature with a focus on equity. Learn about this innovative initiative and how PARD is focusing their efforts on School Parks in Austin

Speakers: Caroline Alexander, Jennifer Potter-Miller & Janelle Medrano

Gain invaluable insight from veteran adopters on the things they have learned in working with APF and PARD over the years. These seasoned adopters will dish out advice and wisdom based on their long-experience as Adopt-A-Park leaders.

Speaker: Staryn Wagner

Catching the rain from roofs and paved surfaces, and slowing down water flowing across the land with berms and swales, can help provide deep watering for trees, prevent erosion of trails, keep gardens greener and help our urban creeks. Staryn Wagner from the Watershed Protection Department will provide guiding principles for designing and maintaining rain harvesting systems and rain gardens. If enough of us become rain keepers, we can help improve the health of our watersheds!

Speakers: Richard Craig, Rich DePalma, Carmen Llanes Pulido & Lorena Solis
Moderator: John Rooney

Top off the day with a key note address on the importance of advocating for your park and community. From gather ing support among your neighbors to speaking at full City Council Meetings we’ll cover advocacy techniques and principles to help you make the most of the upcoming city budget cycle.

2017 Schedule

8:45am Check-in
Sign in and pick up materials

9:00am Welcome
Sara Marler, Board Chair – Austin Parks Foundation
Kim McNeely, Acting Director – Austin Parks & Recreation 

9:30am Session 1
Adopt-A-Park 101, Think Big!

10:30am Session 2
Fundraising Case Study, Greening School Parks

11:30am Catered Lunch
Take a break, grab a bite and get to know your fellow park lovers

12:30pm Session 3
Ask A Veteran, Harvesting Water

1:30pm Panel
Advocating for Parks

2:30pm Closing
Final thoughts from Austin Parks Foundation and the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Dept.

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