Sustainable Design

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-D07 - The Disturbing Pleasures of Maintenance: Audacious Strategies for Public Parks

Friday, October 19
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 114


All designed landscapes require maintenance, yet this crucial aspect is often neglected. This session considers contemporary cases where maintenance is recognized as integral to the design process and to a landscape’s long-term success. Alternative, practical, and implementable strategies for the maintenance and monitoring of public places will also be presented.

Learning Objectives:

Joseph Hays, ASLA

Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Joey Hays joined NBW in 2017 and is currently working on master planning and design projects for Centennial Park and two large regional parks in Nashville, Tennessee. He previously worked for OLIN in Philadelphia and ASPECT Studios in Melbourne. Joey holds an MLA from the University of Virginia (2012), where he was honored with an ASLA Certificate of Merit. He also holds an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University (2009), a BFA in sculpture and photography, and a BS in mathematics from Winthrop University (2003). His passion for maintenance spans installations focused on material change to landscape practices that alter ecosystems.


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Tim Netsch, LEED AP

Assistant Director for Planning and Facilities Development
Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation

Tim has an extensive resume of working in the public sector. Beginning in historic preservation and then moving to Metro Parks to use his skills in planning and development, he has dedicated his professional career to improving public infrastructure. As Assistant Director for Planning and Development, Tim oversees the planning and development of the entire Metro Park System made up of over 18,000 acres of open space, including 185 parks and 100 miles of greenway. He was instrumental in leading the Metro Parks and Greenways Master Plan in 2017, and has been involved in countless park and planning projects.


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Tim Marshall, FASLA

Principal | FASLA
ETM Associates, LLC

Timothy Marshall has extensive hands-on experience with park management and operations, with over 30 years in the field. Mr. Marshall was formerly the Vice President for the Central Park Conservancy and Deputy Administrator of Central Park for more than 13 years with direct responsibility for Park daily management. He was responsible for the development and implementation of the zone-based management strategy currently employed in Central Park and numerous other parks across the nation. He provides creative problem solving for park management and operations, funding and public/private involvement.


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Thomas Woltz, FASLA

Principal and Owner
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Over the past two decades of practice, Thomas Woltz and his team have developed a unique approach to the designed landscape using ecological and cultural research as the foundation for designing meaningful contemporary landscapes that inspire deep connections between people and the natural world. Woltz received his Masters in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. He was recognized with the Land for People Award by the Trust for Public Land in 2019 and as one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company in 2017.


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