Summit to address park development in San Joaquin Valley
May 11, 2016
• Set for Thursday at Fresno State
• The objective is to understand the complexity of park development
A “summit” on public parks in the San Joaquin Valley is set for Thursday, co-hosted by Fresno State’s Office of Community and Economic Development and Department of Recreation Administration.
It’s to promote efforts for developing, maintaining and supporting park development in Valley communities.
It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12, at Bitwise South Stadium (700 Van Ness Ave.) and will be followed by a community engagement event showcasing the Sustainable Park and Recreation Community Initiative.
The objective is to understand the complexity of park development and its links to other issues such as planning, economic development, health and sustainability. The summit brings together park and recreation professionals, economic and community developers, city and regional planners, health professionals and community-based organizations.
Educational sessions throughout the day will feature panels that explore the components of park development, current park conditions, diversity of existing funding and strategic opportunities.
The opening session, “State of Parks: Nation, State and San Joaquin Valley,” features Gina Fromer, state director for the Trust for Public Land; Michael McCormick, senior planner for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research; and Jean Lacher, office chief of Grants and Local Services for California State Parks.
Some of the 30 speakers include Stephanie Stephens, executive director of the California Park and Recreation Society; Lori Clanton, founder of Fresno Mindfulness Walks; and Esmeralda Soria, Fresno City Councilmember.
Panelists represent a mix of local, regional and statewide organizations, companies and firms including Quad Knopf, Granville Homes, TFS Investments, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, Precision Civil Engineering, Tree Fresno, San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation, The Praxis Project, Economic & Planning Systems, The City Project and Mintier Harnish.
The Parks Summit will also showcase Fresno State’s Sustainable Park and Recreation Community Initiative, a partnership between the university and parks and recreation agencies in the Valley.
The Parks Summit is part one of a three-part series, with a Recreation Summit and a Facilities Summit planned for 2017 and 2018.
For more information and to register for the 2016 San Joaquin Valley Parks Summit, visit the http://bit.ly/FSParksSummit16 or contact Jenna Chilingerian at 559.278.6119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.