Parks / Recreation / Play / Sports Facility Design

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-B05 - Returning to Our Roots: It’s Time for a 21st Century Parks and Recreation Movement

Friday, October 19
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 114


The moderator and panelists will discuss the profession’s role in the creation of vibrant parks and recreation programs since Olmsted, and will make the case that many of the societal issues facing urban and rural communities today can be addressed by a renaissance in parks and recreation development, maintenance, and programming.

Learning Objectives:

Kevin O'Hara

National Recreation and Park Association


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Mike Abbate, FASLA

Portland Parks & Recreation

Mike Abbaté, FASLA, LEED AP, is a landscape architect with 30 years of experience planning and designing parks and recreational facilities, including Portland's Tanner Springs Park and Hood River's Waterfront Park. He has been Director of Portland Parks & Recreation since 2011, leading a Bureau with over 3000 employees and an annual budget of $120 million. He has lead significant initiatives to fund and build new parks in deficient areas of Portland, increase equity and inclusion, and promote greater ecological sustainability.


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Leon Andrews

National League of Cities


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Brie Hensold

Agency Landscape + Planning

Brie Hensold is an urban planner, co-founder and principal of Agency Landscape + Planning. With a passion for understanding and improving communities, Brie brings a systems-based approach that integrates multiple disciplines and celebrates diverse perspectives. She has extensive experience developing creative, meaningful community engagement processes for planning and design projects. Brie’s experience encompasses multiple scales, from downtown and cultural plans to citywide park systems to resilience strategies. Her work has received awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects. She co-teaches an executive education class in resilient cities at Harvard.


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FRI-B05 - Returning to Our Roots: It’s Time for a 21st Century Parks and Recreation Movement

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