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From Cricket to Crypto: What’s NEXT for Parks and Recreation

From Web 3.0, such as Metaverse, NFT's and Cryptocurency, to the future of work to esports to cricket, there are fast emerging trends and technologies that will shape the future of parks and recreation in the United States. Come listen to 10 next practices in 20 minutes that can help agencies think differently about the future they wish to create as we continue becoming a more diverse, inclusive and technologically driven population.

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Greenspace, Conservation and Safety in City Parks

Trees!!! Everyone wants them, except in the open areas where communities want to play. Communities plant trees for a multitude of reasons that are beneficial to their constituents and the environment. The grand old trees are awesome for shade and even better for wildlife, but what happens when the beloved tree becomes a safety hazard? With increasing emphasis by municipalities to increase tree canopies in parks and throughout cities, a variety of opportunities and challenges are presented that go beyond & plant more trees; or preserve the ones we have. This presentation will provide an overview on how Dallas Park and Recreation Department manage tree-related issues including: planning for quality open space for active recreation, planning for planting new trees and proactively identifying potential hazardous trees, and identifying and implementing needed staff training. Trees are great, in the right location, with the right maintenance and if dealt with when they become dangerous.

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Hop, Skip, Play

Everyone experiences play in different ways. It's the reason why there isn't just one type of spray feature or one type of pool. Aquatic environments are always changing and adapting to new trends and regulations in the industry. Likewise, aquatics facility directors and operators are constantly evaluating updates that will deliver increased value to their guests and members. In order to provide accessible features that enable engagement for all people, facility staff need to choose what combination of elements will increase play value for their visitors. Play value directly influences visitor perception of a facility and can be a determining factor of whether or not they will return. During this session, participants will learn how to zone their splash pads for different developmental age groups and create accessible play spaces to encourage all types of play. The presentation also will address how to design with accessibility in mind and make a city's splash pad a welcome space for all.

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How to Create Vibrant Spaces for Playful Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of kids across America. The effects of learning loss, heightened stress, and decreased physical activity are felt even more acutely in communities where racial and economic disparities persist. The need for interventions outside the classroom, where kids spend the majority of their time, has never been greater. A research-based approach called playful learning could serve an important role in addressing these wide-ranging public health impacts. Cities must think creatively about playful interventions in the built environment that give kids the active play they need for mental and physical health while also promoting caregiver-child interactions that support learning goals. By infusing communities with playful learning opportunities at everyday locations like bus stops and laundromats, science proves that we can enhance children's cognitive and social development, better preparing them for success in the 21st century.

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How to Start Your Own Esports Program on a Budget!

Esports is one of the fastest growing recreation activities in the country, and if you have not started to think about how you can offer it, this session will help show you the way to getting started. Having your very own Esports program does not necessarily have to break your budget, and you could have your very own space for under $35,000! Learn how you can either partner with another agency in your area or create a space of your own.

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I Was Today-Years-Old When I Realized I Was an Idiot

Hate to be the one to break it to you, but yes, it's true: you need other people to have an impactful and rewarding career. You simply cannot go it alone. If you haven't already started, it's probably time to do something about it. Every success experienced along one's journey likely is tied to a relationship that was formed along the way. There is no special pill and no magic wand to creating a great network; it's a combination of art and science to make it happen. Yes, some of it has to do with being in the right place at the right time, but most of it has to do with the basic stuff we learned in grade school (like 'be kind!'). Jam packed with insightful and immediately useful information, this session will make you rethink the way you approach new relationships. Join this session to be provided with the tools to build a network of relationships, enabling you to do great things both individually and collectively.

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Identifying Easy Conservation Strategies

Transitioning traditional park features into multifunctional, resilient, green infrastructure powerhouses may be easier than people think. Most cities already have forested patches of land that can be protected and restored to function as a park, natural area, hiking destination or other passive recreation retreat. Traditional flower beds with exotic plants that beautify park landscapes now can be replaced with green infrastructure features that look amazing while also filtering pollutants, providing wildlife habitat and reducing stormwater runoff. Targeting mowed parkland for restoration of historic habitat not only has the opportunity to decrease maintenance but also will support environmental resilience and climate adaptation targets that benefit urban cities across the country. The time has never been better to implement conservation policies and practices that promote transition from traditional, one-dimensional features to those that provide numerous co-benefits to urban communities.

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Identifying Hidden Barriers to Equity

Racial equity strategies are currently a major focus of parks departments across the country, but what should you be looking for? Data is important, you want to be able to identify your equity areas and analyze your CIP to ensure you are equitably distributing resources, but where else should you be looking to ensure racial equity? How are you interpreting your historic resources? Is it romanticizing plantations by focusing on weddings and teas? Are you adequately reaching out to indigenous and Latino populations in a way that puts their community first? Do you have park design elements that unwittingly keep your diverse patrons out? Three park professionals from different systems will talk about some of the barriers to equity you may not see, and what strategies you can take to ensure that your parks are actually serving everyone.

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King County Parks, Seattle Kraken and One Roof Foundation

In partnership with the Seattle Kraken and the One Roof Foundation, King County (Washington) Parks secured grant funding to enhance an existing park improvement project by engaging with local community members to purchase new equipment and provide free, youth hockey programming at the park. This public-private partnership highlights how these partnerships can leverage resources to provide new recreational amenities and free recreational programs for youth who are Black, Indigenous and people of color.

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Knocking Social Media Out of the Park

Join Phoenix Parks and Recreation for an interactive session on strategies to grow a local audience on social media. Social media can be difficult to navigate as is, but when various challenges and limited resources are added to the equation, growing an audience with informational messaging can seem nearly impossible. Learn about the challenges other professionals in the field are overcoming along with strategies to utilize current trends for content creation and increased engagement from members of your community. There's always a story to tell when it comes to marketing; is yours providing the narrative you've intended, or do you have more to share?

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