Exploring the County Home Complex: 2016 People’s Choice Award for Great Place for Healthy Living

APA North Carolina Chapter


Wednesday, September 27, 2017
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. EDT

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This session is designed to share the vital role planning continues to play in the development of the County Home Complex:  2016 APA-NC People's Choice Award for Great Place for Healthy Living.  Participants will experience a walk through the Complex which includes:   Alice F. Keene Park with Community Schools and Recreation Center, the Senior Center, the Making Pitt Fit Community Garden, two elementary schools, the Eastern Carolina Village and Farm Museum, the LeRoy James Farmers’ Market, the Animal Shelter and the Recycling Center.  Discussion will center on planning techniques/tools including master plans, needs assessments, mapping, citizen engagement, extensions to city plans, policies, and collaboration that have been utilized to achieve maximum impact.  Strong collaborative partnerships between Community Schools and Recreation, Planning, Public Health, Engineering, Soil and Water Conservation, Cooperative Extension, Pitt Partners for Health, Vidant Medical Center and community agencies and organizations, have been central to the development of the Complex.

Encompassing collaborative resources for physical activity, nutrition, education, county heritage, pet adoption and recycling;  the Complex is a major point of destination for citizens across the life span.  All partners continue to work for environmental change and connectivity that will enable citizens to walk and bike to all of the amenities within the Complex.


Leigh Guth

Invited Speaker

Focusing on adult and multicultural education, Leigh Allen Guth received her master’s degree from The American University in Washington, DC. She joined NC Cooperative Extension in Lincoln County in 2005 with responsibilities including family financial resource management; energy conservation; and the promotion of local food, farms, and agricultural tourism ... Read More

Alice Keene

Invited Speaker

Alice F. Keene, MAEd earned her BSP in Parks, Recreation and Conservation, and her MAEd in Adult Education from East Carolina University. Her career began with the Greenville Recreation and Parks Department in 1973 as the Coordinator of Programs for Exceptional Children and Adults. For twenty-seven years, Alice served as ... Read More

Joni Torres

Invited Speaker

Joni Torres earned a BS in Horticulture from Cornell University and a Master of Agriculture in Economic Entomology at Texas A&M University. She worked as an Extension Assistant in the New York City Urban Gardening Program providing support to community gardens in Queens, New York. She currently works for ... Read More

Contact Info

Benjamin Howell, bhowell@townofmorrisville.org