Join us for this in-person learning and networking event. The Exchange is designed to bring together regional urban and suburban parks and recreation
professionals, champions, and volunteers to address issues around the role of parks for neighborhoods and communities. State and local speakers will share their experiences and findings to kick off and facilitate discussion and idea sharing about issues and opportunities native to urban and suburban parks and communities. Allentown Department Parks and Recreation and PRPS invites all who play a role in the development of recreation and open space management in their communities to join us on Wednesday, October 25, 2023.
8:30 am Arrival / Registration
9:00 am Networking Coffee & Refreshments
Opportunity to network with local, regional and statewide professionals
9:15 am Introductions, Overview, Agenda
Welcome - PRPS
- Mandy Tolino - Allentown Dept. of Parks & Recreation
9:30 am General Session
-Trust for Public Lands - Opening School and Public Spaces for Recreation
Elizabeth Class-Maldonado, Jon Goff, Kari Sannina
10:45 am General Session
-Building Successful Partnerships in Allentown: Strengths and Challenges
11:45 am Lunch (provided)
12:30 pm An Accessibility Tour of Bucky Boyle Park and Facilities - Allentown Parks and Recreation and the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living
1:30 pm Topic Roundtables :
This is an opportunity for participants to have small group facilitated discussions with local leaders. Tentative Topics include:
- Inclusion and Accessibility in community recreation
- Greening Schoolyards
- Partnership Development
- LGTBQ+ issue in parks and recreation
- Developing community support
2:15 pm Overview of Resources, Evaluations, and Feedback
2:30 pm Evaluations / Adjourn
.3 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) available for attendees
This event made possible through funding by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources.
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