The Power of Parks, Public Spaces and People

APA Idaho


Friday, October 13, 2017
9:45 a.m. - 11 a.m. MDT

CM | 1.25

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1.      How the session relates to the “Plan Big” theme.

This session highlights the growing need to  provide public parks and public spaces as part of a larger urban development strategy. This session will help attendees take a model of public participation and outreach and tailor it to the needs of their communities through an interactive hands-on experience and discussion.

 2.      How the session meets a specific planning-related training objective.

This session will help bridge the gap between planning practice and planning theory. By allowing participants to help create and discuss a model for public participation they can learn about context specific strategies and how they can best be deployed in communities across Idaho.

 3.      How the session will offer a professionally relevant learning experience for a planner with at least 4 years of experience.

Public engagement tools and best practices are constantly evolving with the development of new technology and advances is communication. This session will focus on strategies for engagement specifically around the costs, benefits and choices in creating parks and public spaces. Additionally by incorporating a group discussion with the session, participants will be able to learn from their peers across the state and take back relevant lessons to their home communities. 


4.      What you want the attendees to learn from this session.

Participants should leave this session with a better understanding of how and when to utilize different public engagement techniques and can take home tips and tricks to their next planning process. This session will highlight the importance of going beyond the minimum requirements of public engagement in relation to designing, building and improving parks and public spaces. This is particularly relevant as creating intentional green spaces has become a featured topic of many strategic and comprehensive plans across Idaho


Amanda Ashley

Confirmed Speaker

Dr. Amanda Ashley is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Service at Boise State University. Her research explores economic development through the processes of urban revitalization and civic engagement. Dr. Ashley received a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the School of Design at the University of ... Read More

Ellen Campfield Nelson, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Ellen is a managing associate with Agnew::Beck, a planning firm based in Boise and Anchorage. She works on policy, planning and implementation in a range of subject areas, including recreation, health, transportation, economic development, education and housing. Ellen's particular passion is creating and facilitating meaningful dialogue that leads ... Read More

Aaron Mondada

Confirmed Speaker


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