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, Metro Parks, Planning Division
Metropolitan Board of Parks + Recreation

Tim Netsch is an Assistant Director at Metro Parks Nashville, and leads the Planning Division. With a background in historic preservation, active transportation and parking planning, Tim has managed in excess of $100M of development, conservation, restoration and planning projects throughout Nashville’s park system. In 2017, Tim completed Plan to Play, the Nashville Parks + Greenways Master Plan. Tim is originally from Anchorage, Alaska and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Oregon.


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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

Owner and Principal
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Over the past two decades of practice, landscape architect Thomas Woltz has led a body of work within the firm that integrates the beauty and function of built forms with an understanding of complex biological systems, cultural history and restoration ecology. As principal of NBW, he leads teams that infuse narratives of the land into the places where people live, work, and play, deepening connections between culture and ecology and inspiring environmental stewardship. Thomas serves on the Board of Directors of the Cultural Landscape Foundation and at the University of Virginia School of Architecture Foundation.


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

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