Parks / Recreation / Play

Learn how to play a critical role in advocating and designing for a variety of parks, recreational facilities, and children’s play environments. Best practices will be shared on critical topics including:

  • Reconnection to nature
  • Health-related concerns
  • Fostering youth
  • Safety consideration
  • Universal design
  • Integration of public art
  • Creative placemaking
  • Sensory play
  • Innovative and artful playgrounds
  • Risk management
  • Nature based play
  • Rails to trails

Upcoming Events

Park Rx America: Doctors Prescribing Parks to Prevent and Treat Chronic Disease - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Apr 27

Park Rx America (PRA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to decrease the burden of chronic disease, increase health and happiness, and foster environmental stewardship, by virtue of prescribing Nature during the routine delivery of healthcare. PRA works closely with managers of publicly-accessible land and water, as well as directly with healthcare providers and their respective organizations, to "make it easy" to prescribe parks and other protected areas to their patients real-time in the clinical practice setting.

Objectives:
  • Review health reasons to spend time in nature
  • Learn how Park Rx America was planned, developed, and implemented at a "doctor's office."
  • Review recently published data on Park Rx America.
  • Summarize next steps for expansion and research of Park Rx.

Children’s Heat and Radiation Exposures in Playgrounds and the Role of Bioclimatic Design - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

May 10

Overexposure to ambient variables such as ultraviolet radiation and extreme heat are major risk factors to children’s health. Many playgrounds are designed in a way that result in higher air and surface temperatures than the surrounding neighborhood, which is due to the predominant use of heat retaining materials and lack of shade. Few guidelines exist to promote the naturalization of playgrounds and the use of shade, which can result in multiple benefits for children apart from lowering heat and radiant exposures. This research addresses child exposures to extreme heat and UV radiation in outdoor playgrounds in Phoenix, AZ and Lubbock, TX and the influence of bioclimatic landscape design. Multiple types of data (in-situ, personal, survey) are presented related to microclimatic and human activity factors that affect child exposures and perceptions. New sensing technologies offer opportunities to understand exposures and monitor children’s exposures while allowing for safe and active play.


Objectives:

  • Understand how we can incorporate climate parameters into playground design.
  • Explain why shade and orientation play a key role in extreme heat and radiation exposure.
  • Make a more educated decision with respect to surface types used in playgrounds in a given climate zone.

Equity by Design: Connecting with Underserved Communities in Your Design Process - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

May 17

Contemporary planning may often require landscape architects to engage diverse and underrepresented communities during the design process to build consensus and positive change. Communities that are under-resourced or politically marginalized have long struggled to have a seat at the table for planning and development projects in their neighborhood. Design teams may face challenges in building trust and creating productive working relationships across real and perceived divides between community residents, local government, and community partners. This session will offer designers a menu of tools to develop trust between non-traditional partners, deepen historical and cultural understanding, and elevate community voices resulting in a richer, more robust and meaningful design outcome.


Objectives:

  • Select from a menu of tools to effectively engage underrepresented communities.
  • Elevate community voices in the design process and outcome.
  • Identify community priorities for cultural and historical themes to deepen the design outcome.

Parks / Recreation / Play Store

Park Rx America: Doctors Prescribing Parks to Prevent and Treat Chronic Disease - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) ()

Date: Apr 27, 2017

San Diego’s First Public Nature Play Area: How Park and Recreation Made it Happen! - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (WEB170307)

Date: Mar 7, 2017
Standard: $165.00
Members: $165.00
Associates: $165.00
Students: $165.00

Integrating and Planning for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders in Outdoor Play Environments - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (WEB161116)

Date: Nov 16, 2016
Standard: $165.00
Members: $165.00
Associates: $165.00
Students: $165.00

Outdoor Learning Environments as Opposed to Playgrounds (2016_SAT-A07)

Date: Oct 22, 2016
Standard: $185.00
Students: $185.00
Associates: $185.00
Members: $185.00

Landscape Architects as Federal Leaders (ARC160915)

Date: Sep 15, 2016
Standard: Free
Members: $0.00
Associates: $0.00
Students: $0.00

SPOTLIGHT mini-series: The Importance of Good Design: Comparing Play in the UK vs US - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (ARC160824)

Date: Aug 24, 2016
Standard: $165.00
Members: $165.00
Students: $165.00
Associates: $165.00

Scottsdale Cycle the Arts - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/NON-HSW) (ARC160728)

Date: Jul 28, 2016
Standard: $185.00
Members: $185.00
Associates: $185.00
Students: $185.00

Engaging Youth in Creative Place Making – 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (ARC160713)

Date: Jul 13, 2016
Standard: $165.00
Members: $165.00
Associates: $165.00
Students: $165.00

Intentional Design Strategies to Reconnect Children to Nature – 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (ARC160420)

Date: Apr 20, 2016
Standard: $160.00
Members: $160.00
Associates: $160.00
Students: $160.00

Planting in a Post-wild World: Designing Resilient Plant Communities (MON-C05)

Date: Nov 9, 2015
Standard: $185.00
Members: $185.00
Associates: $185.00
Students: $185.00

Mayoral Leadership: Engaging Landscape Architects in the Design of Cities (SUN-A01)

Date: Nov 8, 2015
Standard: $185.00
Members: $185.00
Associates: $185.00
Students: $185.00

Evidence-based Design: Sensory Play Gardens and Children with Developmental Disorders (SUN-A11)

Date: Nov 8, 2015
Standard: $185.00
Members: $185.00
Associates: $185.00
Students: $185.00

Urban Green Space and Mental Well-being: Evidence-Based Design (FRI-B10)

Date: Nov 6, 2015
Standard: $185.00
Members: $185.00
Associates: $185.00
Students: $185.00

Landscape, Public Space, and Identity: The Present Future Condition (FRI-D10)

Date: Nov 6, 2015
Standard: $185.00
Members: $185.00
Associates: $185.00
Students: $185.00

The Design of Europe's Largest New Park: Metropolitan Park, Athens (FRI-A03)

Date: Nov 6, 2015
Standard: $185.00
Members: $185.00
Associates: $185.00
Students: $185.00

Planning for Play: Designing Innovative and Artful Playgrounds in Central Park to Meet the Standards – 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (ARC151006)

Date: Oct 6, 2015
Standard: $165.00
Members: $165.00
Associates: $165.00
Students: $165.00

Practical Considerations for Play Activities and Risk Management in Design of Natural Play & Learning Environments – 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (ARC150827)

Date: Aug 27, 2015
Standard: $165.00
Members: $165.00
Associates: $165.00
Students: $165.00

Designing Urban Nature into Children’s Play and Learning Places - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (ARC150604)

Date: Jun 4, 2015
Standard: $165.00
Members: $165.00
Associates: $165.00
Students: $165.00

SITES Certified Parks: Lessons Learned - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (42)

Date: Nov 24, 2014
Standard: $185.00
Members: $185.00
Associates: $185.00
Students: $185.00

The Wilds: Integrating Natural Systems and Outdoor Learning Environments - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (43)

Date: Nov 24, 2014
Standard: $185.00
Members: $185.00
Associates: $185.00
Students: $185.00

Rails to Trails and Beyond: Former Margins, Future Connections - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (27)

Date: Nov 21, 2014
Standard: $185.00
Members: $185.00
Associates: $185.00
Students: $185.00

Sustainable Planting Design: A New Model for Large-Scale Urban Parks - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (28)

Date: Nov 21, 2014
Standard: $185.00
Members: $185.00
Associates: $185.00
Students: $185.00

Risk Management at Nature Play and Learning Areas: A Risk Analysis Approach - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (ARC140917)

Date: Sep 17, 2014
Standard: $165.00
Members: $165.00
Associates: $165.00
Students: $165.00

Pop Up Adventure Playgrounds: The "How and Why" of Creating Community Based Free Play - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (ARC140408)

Date: Apr 8, 2014
Standard: $185.00
Members: $185.00
Associates: $185.00
Students: $185.00

Light in the Public Realm - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW) (24)

Date: Nov 18, 2013
Standard: $185.00
Members: $185.00
Associates: $185.00
Students: $185.00

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