Resilient City Systems: Rethinking Parks and Trails
Friday, October 19, 2018
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. CDT
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Parks and trails planning is rapidly evolving into an interdisciplinary practice that considers many different community benefits beyond what has historically been expected. This is especially prudent in areas most vulnerable to climate, community, and economic change. As a result, a number of planning and design projects in the central Texas and Houston regions convey a new type of thinking about the role parks and trails play in our cities. The Healthy Parks Plan for Travis, Bastrop, and Caldwell Counties focuses on how parks can be better leveraged to impact community health in the communities where it is needed most. Work on the iconic trail around Lady Bird Lake in Austin led by the Trail Foundation has evolved to explicitly incorporate urban ecology and restoration into each project. The vision encapsulated in the Bayou Greenways 2020 Plan for Houston’s Bayou trails and the projects the Houston Parks Board is pushing forward throughout the region take into account both Houston’s flood issues and the task of providing a world class amenity for the fourth largest city in the country. And, the Park Smart Precinct One project in Harris County focuses on how parks can promote both community and ecological resilience in post-Harvey Houston. Each project demonstrates how parks and trails planning can better integrate both community and ecological resilience into the planning process and how these integral parts of the city fabric can contribute to our larger city resilience goals.
1. To expand what attendees think of as parks and trails planning practice.
2. To encourage attendees to incorporate systems thinking/multi-disciplinarity into their work.
3. To provide key examples from leaders in the region on how multi-disciplinary practice/thinking is applied to specific parks and trails projects.
Barbara Holly, email@example.com