2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Academic Internship Program: A Successful Agency – University Partnership

  • Explain steps that create a sustainable, semester-long internship model by learning tips for developing partnerships between governments - parks and recreation departments and institutions of higher learning
  • List five indicators that determine what makes the internship successful across cultures and disciplines (eg, discuss the value of cultivating local talent)

Sue Gardner, Director of Stewardship, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Elizabeth Lindner, Program Manager, Internships and Service Initiatives, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Jennifer Flores, National Park Services

Applying Lean Six Sigma to Park Operations

  • Summarize ways to create/organize your operation by stressing order, simplicity and discipline in the workplace
  • Identify simple tools to get to core issues of situations

Koko Panossian, MA, MPA, CA, CPSI, Deputy Director, City of Glendale

Aquatic Centers: Bridging the Cost/Revenue Gaps

  • Identify current cost-saving trends that should be applied to new and existing aquatic facilities
  • Recognize total costs for different aquatic features and identify strategic methods to lower operational costs and how you can design for them to maximize programming goals

Dennis Berkshire, President, Aquatics Design Group
Stephanie Fujimura, LEED AP, Associate/Senior Architect, Dahlin Group Architecture Planning
Jim Rodems, Director of Parks and Community Services, City of Dublin

Golf Facilities of the Future: Time to Adapt!

  • Discuss how to develop plans for building consensus to eliminate wasteful spending at your golf facility
  • Identify areas of diversification at your golf facilities to include a broader user base

Andy Staples, ASGCA, President/Owner of Staples Golf Resource Group, Staples Golf Resource Group

Grow Your Volunteer Base – Recruit Retain & Recognize

  • Discuss sources for volunteer recruitment, and how to focus on key volunteers
  • Examine how volunteer recognition is vital to retention and sustainability of programs and services

Becky Lunders, Trainer/Consultant, teamWorks

How Do I Keep My Head Above Water?

  • Describe a list of trending activities impacting organizations across the country
  • Discuss real responses to those circumstances and how they might work in your organizations

Chris Dropinski, CPRE, Senior Principal & Managing Member, GreenPlay, LLC and GP RED

Recognizing the Power of Public Art in Parks

  • Identify a range of opportunities for incorporating public art in park developments
  • Discuss the process for implementing art in public parks including artist selection, agreements, copyrights, funding and building permits

Steven Lang, PLA, ASLA, Principal, MIG, Inc.
Pamela Galera, PLA, LEED AP, ASLA, Principal Project Planner, City of Anaheim

Testing What’s Possible: Pop Up Parks

  • Discuss the definition, purpose and objectives of pop up parks and explore multiple examples from across the country to assess applicability in your community
  • List the steps to plan and mobilize a pop up park

Brian Ulaszewski, LEED AP, Principal, Executive Director, City Fabrick, a non-profit design studio
Meredith Reynolds, Park Development Officer, City of Long Beach
Sean Warner, AICP, Placemaking Manager, Downtown Long Beach Alliance

The Ecological Age – Park Management in the Face of Climate Change

  • Explain how to acquire skills to successfully discuss the role parks play in addressing impacts of climate change
  • Describe the new era of park planning and management needed in the face of a changing climate

Dr. Ana M Alvarez, Deputy General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District

Trailblazing Online – Digitizing Outdoor Assets and Embracing Technology (moved from Wed)

  • Evaluate the importance of providing accurate information about trails that will potentially reduce costly accidents, incidents of trespassing, and damage to environmentally sensitive areas 
  • Examine the need for inter-agency collaboration and implementation/ incorporation 

Zachary Likins, Park Planner, Los Angeles County
Melanie Beck, Outdoor Recreation Planner, National Park Service
Isabelle Minn, RLA, LEED AP, Principal, Placeworks

Using the DiSC Assessment to be a More Effective Leader

  • Generate an understanding that increases your self-knowledge: how you respond to conflict, what motivates you, what causes you stress and how you solve problems
  • Consider ways to become a more self-knowledgeable, well-rounded and effective leader and improve working relationships by recognizing the communication needs of team members

Michael Shellito, Retired City Manager/Consultant, Shellito Training and Consulting