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2016 Great Park Summit showcases strategies for parks in Miami-Dade on Friday

The 2016 Great Park Summit, an interactive symposium showcasing strategies for enhancing Miami-Dade living, health and wellness through great parks, open spaces and greenways takes place Friday, April 15 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m..

Residents are invited to attend and participate in the discussions with elected officials, civic leaders, health and wellness experts and environmental stewards. National and local leaders will share ideas and best practices for parks and recreation in major markets throughout the U.S.

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department in partnership with The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, will host the 2016 Great Park Summit presented by the CDC (Center for Disease Control). The theme of the Summit is “The Power of Parks”. The Summit will be held at Miami-Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Chapman Conference Center, Room 3210, located at 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., downtown Miami.

Advance registration is advised as seating is limited. Find conference details and register online here.

Expect a new vision for what Miami can be. Plus, hear from compelling speakers who will get everyone thinking ‘outside-of-the-box’ in discussions that focus on the three pillars of Parks: Placemaking, Conservation, and Health and Fitness; the progress of the cleaning and greening efforts of Neat Streets Miami and the Million Trees Miami campaign, and much more.

This year celebrates several historic markers – The 100th anniversary of the National Parks System, the 86th anniversary of Miami-Dade Parks, and a decade of great progress for the county’s Open Space Master Plan, since the first Great Park Summit was held in 2006.

Featured topics & speakers for the 2016 Great Park Summit:

Topic 1: “The Power of Parks: Passion – Get ready to fall in love with your City!”

Speaker Peter Kageyama is the author of “For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places” and the follow up, “Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places.” 

Topic 2: “The Power of Parks: Trees – A Million Trees planted!”

Speaker Deborah Marton in her role as Executive Director of NYRP, manages endeavors to transform open spaces in underserved communities, creating a greener, more sustainable New York City.

Topic 3: “The Power of Parks: People – Experience parks differently”

Speaker Juan Martinez in his role as Director of Leadership Development and the Natural Leaders Network at the Children & Nature Network, lends his expertise to grassroots campaigns that empower, explore, and create positive change.

Topic 4: “The Power of Parks: Design – Safer Streets, Safer People!”

Speaker Gabe Klein is a noted author and Special Venture Partner with Fontinalis Partners. He advises on a number of technology/transportation startups, including Bridj, a next-gen flexible mass-transit company to help build the business model, financials and partnerships to scale the company. 

A special gallery exhibition titled “Parks at Our Door: Planning Miami Dade’s 21st Century Park System”  will focus on the Miami Dade Parks and Open Space Master Plan, which addresses the interconnectedness of life, and the potential for parks to provide an infrastructure that builds individual, community, and ecological resiliency and well-being. The three pillars of Parks (Placemaking, Conservation and Health & Fitness) are the fundamentals guiding the Masterplan. The resulting exhibition, running through April 27 at the Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD) (100 NE First Ave., Miami), encompasses drawings by thousands of participants that illustrate a shared vision for an integrated system of great parks and public spaces, natural and cultural areas, all linked across the region through greenways, waterways, complete streets and sidewalks.