Request for workshop proposals & ideas: Urban Park Advocates Summit - Feb 11 deadline

Over the past several years a growing number of partner organizations in Massachusetts have been working together to plan and host “Urban Land Protection Forums.” This effort has grown into a network of Urban Park Advocates and we’re planning a day-long summit for May 4, 5, or 6 in Worcester, MA.

A planning team is pulling together this conference, and we invite you to submit proposals for either:

  • (a) workshops you'd like to present, and/or
  • (b) ideas and suggestions for workshops you'd like to see someone else present.

Please use these links to submit your proposals and/or ideas by February 11, 2011:

This Urban Park Advocates Summit will be a day-long gathering for people involved with and committed to making Massachusetts’ cities healthier and more vibrant by having quality green spaces in all of our urban neighborhoods. The parks, gardens, and greenways in our cities are key ingredients for public health, food security, community development, recreation, youth development, summer jobs, and more. We want this Summit to be an inspiring learning opportunity for the participants AND a wake-up call to people that investments in urban parks, gardens, greenways ARE investments in environmental quality, economic prosperity, and social justice.

We are looking for workshop proposals that demonstrate:

  • A) Communities using urban parks, gardens, greenways, etc., to produce multiple benefits (e.g. food security, youth development, improving public health, reducing crime, job training, reducing flooding...)
  • B) Partnerships between two or more entities--government agencies, nonprofits, schools, businesses, city departments, neighborhood associations, etc.
  • C) Other innovative ideas, stories, case studies, etc. that you'd like to share.

If you have questions, please email Andrea Freeman or call her at 978-840-4446 x1929 or email Ona Fergusonn or call her at 617-492-1414 x127).

Many thanks from the Urban Park Advocates Summit Planning Team

  • Jane Calvin, Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust
  • Melissa Cryan, MA Executive Offfice of Energy & Environmental Affairs
  • Ona Ferguson, Consensus Building Institute
  • Andrea Freeman, The Trustees of Reservations
  • Kurt Gaertner, MA Executive Offfice of Energy & Environmental Affairs
  • Ruth Goldman, Boston Park Advocates
  • Meri Jenkins, MA Cultural Council
  • Heather McMann, Groundwork Lawrence
  • Colin Novick, Greater Worcester Land Trust
  • David Outman, The Trustees of Reservations
  • Gideon Schreiber, Urban Ecology Institute, Sustainable Cities Programs
  • Charlie Tracy, National Park Service
  • Gloria Villegas-Cardoza, Mass Audubon