This session explores the creative fitting process (matching user’s needs with environmental opportunities) of two resilient parks—FDR Park in Philadelphia, and Magnuson Park in Seattle—that leverage nature-based solutions to provide a network of benefits including public health, ecosystem functions, restoring economic value, and connecting individuals with nature.
Explore methods of finding the programmatic balance to create win-win resiliency solutions with diverse communities, public agencies, partners, and stakeholder groups with competing interests.
Recognize the interconnected nature of public and ecological health and how public open spaces contribute to overall community wellness and resiliency.
Discover how to mitigate the impacts of a changing climate—higher temperatures, more frequent flooding—using public open spaces.
Identify opportunities that generate revenue to offset operations and maintenance costs, encourage strong coalitions of park stewards, and impact the city-wide economy by attracting visitors and vendors.