At the 2019 National Planning Conference, you’ll find unique networking practices that go against the grain. In addition to the more traditional meet-and-greets, we want you to get outside, experience San Francisco for all it has to offer and — guess what — you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your fellow NPC19 attendees in the process!
By no means are these the only outside the box events offered, these are simply some of our most active (and some of our favorite) in 2019.
5K Along the Bay
Sunday, April 14 | 6:00–10:00 a.m.
Have you always wanted to “run along The Bay”? So have we! Join APA and your NPC19 friends for a morning run, walk, or even a stroll along the famous San Francisco Bay. We’ve got your transportation as well as light food and beverages covered — all you need to do is bring your athletic gear and leave the rest to us!
Plan Your Chakras Into Alignment
Monday, April 15 | 6:00–10:00 a.m.
No yoga mat needed. Connect with your fellow NPC19 attendees during this outdoor, morning yoga practice. Take a quiet moment away from the conference center to refresh your mind and body with this instructor-led hour-long session in the beautiful Presidio (transportation included).
Sipping Wine and Saving Wildlife
Monday, April 15 | 11:00–5:00 p.m.
Sip wine from a local vineyard while walking the restored wetlands of San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. San Pablo National Wildlife Refuge serves as a shining case study on how one refuge alone can evaluate and implement access and sustainability projects whilst responding to climate change. It’s also leveraging its proximity to wine country. What exactly does that mean? We want to find out too, one glass at a time.
Your AsiaSF Dinner Experience
Sunday, April 14 | 6:30–9:00 p.m.
Your CalAsian cuisine will be served by world famous transgender stars, the Ladies of AsiaSF. Dinner shows, a dragon runway, nine dishes, three courses, and a celebration of human diversity awaits. AsiaSF may just be California’s most memorable restaurant, with an award-winning wine and sake list, to boot! Join your fellow NPC19 attendees at a dinner and a show that you won’t soon forget.
Curling and Learning by the Bay
Tuesday, April 16 | 8:00–11:30 a.m.
How do residents find and participate in recreational sports opportunities within cities? How do sports organizations grow? How does a planner navigate potential barriers, local organizations, city regulations, and market conditions? Visit the Bay Area Curling Facility to learn about regulatory hurdles, community inclusion and the rebirth of roller sports, directly from the individuals that opened the first curling facility in California.
Planning Dynamics of Shifting Communities
Saturday, April 13 | 1:00–4:00 p.m.
The Bay Area tech boom has caused an exodus of the African American community, at a declination rate of 30 percent since 2000. How can planners address the dynamics of creating inclusive public spaces and dialogue around working-class communities of color while also planning around economic and social privilege? Learn from the experts.
Ferries, Bikes, and Planning, Oh My!
Monday, April 15 | 8:00 a.m.–noon
San Francisco’s Richmond Ferry Terminal was opened in November 2018 for commuter ferry service after a 60-year hiatus. Visit the Water Emergency Transportation Authority’s Institutional Operations and learn how its plan came to be as well as its financing, regulatory processes, and its long-term plan for the future. Travel to Richmond and tour the Rosie the Riveter museum, historic Craneway, and the new Richmond Ferry Terminal, in all its glory.
View the Program and Register Now
If you haven’t already, you can register for NPC19 here. You can view NPC19’s full program offering as well to get a better understanding of all 350-plus sessions offered this year! But, hurry up, these offsite opportunities are filling fast.
Top image: Planners explore the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn during a mobile workshop at NPC17. Photo by Joe Szurszewski.
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