Park Planning When Everything is a Priority

August 22, 2017


Parks are increasingly being recognized not just as a place for recreation, but also for the role they play with economic development, social equity, health and wellness, crime, transportation, and environmental issues. While this presents an incredible opportunity for planners, landscape architects, and park professionals to shape a community, it also results in increased competing public interests and new complexity in park master planning and design. Through speakers and case studies, this session will introduce different frameworks focused on the four factors that affect park use that can be used individually or in tandem to both justify and prioritize recommendations for park improvements and additions. Additionally, new technology will be shared that is helping create smarter parks, including data beneficial for park planning. Bobbi Nance, President of Recreation Results, will deliver a keynote address framing the discussion with insights from her career, which includes 15 years working in the field of parks and recreation. This talk will be followed by presentations and critiques of three current Design Workshop projects focused on parks and park systems.

Instructor: Bobbi Nance, CPRP, President, Recreation Results LLC
Bobbi Nance, CPRP, is the President of Recreation Results LLC. Recognized as a national leader in performance measurement and innovation, she works with parks and recreation agencies across the country to implement service-driven strategic plans and systems. Bobbi appears regularly at state and national conferences and schools and has 15 years of experience working in the field of parks and recreation that have included leading and serving on project teams resulting in a national accreditation, a National Park & Recreation Association Agency Gold Medal, and the Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government. Bobbi has a B.S. in Leisure Studies from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a certificate in Project Management from Northwestern University.