Parks for Life Symposium


Parks for Life Symposium


Friday, February 21, 2014

The Quorum Center


8:30 – 9:00         Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15         Opening Remarks                         Benson Kirkman & Denny Murphy

                                                                           Co-Chairs, Regional Appearance Committee, TJCOG

9:15 – 10:10       Salon A-B:     Park Design for Active Living (also offered at 2:00 pm)

                         Salon C:        Components and Flexibility of a Great Park (also offered at 10:20 am)

10:20 – 11:15     Salon A-B:     Regional Park Programming

                         Salon C:        Components and Flexibility of a Great Park

11:25 – 12:20     Salon A-B:     Parks for Healthy Living

                         Salon C:        Regional Park Partnerships

12:30 – 1:50       Lunch & Keynote Presentation

                         Health Benefits of Parks                Myron Floyd, PhD

                                                                          NCSU Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management

2:00 – 2:55         Salon A-B:     Art in the Landscape and Landscape as Art

                         Salon C:        Park Design for Active Living

3:05 – 4:00         Roundtable Discussion

                                 Robin Abrams, PhD         Brad Atkinson            Kevin Boyer

                                 Sig Hutchinson               Bob Mosher               Johnny Randall, PhD


                                    Brownfield Redevelopment        Low Impact Development

                                    Rethinking Urban Parks             Integrating Multi-Modal Uses

                                    Eradicating Invasive Species      Planting Native Species


4:00 – 6:00         Hot Chocolate Networking – Cocoa, Cider and Conversation

                           CEU signup forms will be available in the lobby at this time


Session Topics and Speakers


Regional Park Partnerships

Jane Korest and Rich Shaw

Destination attractions, Natural features,

Enhanced amenities


Park Design for Active Living

Phil Bors and Laurel Wright

Walkable & healthy communities, Healthy habits, Intergenerational fun

Regional Park Programming

Bill Flournoy and Chris Snow

Local park connections, Greenway links,

Common events


Components and Flexibility of a Great Park

Chuck Flink, Sean Higgins and Grayson Maughan

Protecting nature, Environmental education, Evaluating impacts

Parks for Healthy Living

Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, PhD and Joe Roise, PhD

Human benefits, Tree value, Economic impacts

Art in the Landscape and Landscape as Art

Jim Davis and Michael Layne, PhD

Integrating art, Destination art, Art trails



Our thanks to The Quorum Center for their support of this event.