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Call for Presentations Park Pride Conf

Wednesday, September 18, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melonie Walter
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Call for Presentations


13th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference
Celebrating Park Pride’s 25th Anniversary
Monday, March 31, 2014
Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia

Conference Title: Pipes to Parks: Building Greenspaces with Rainwater

Theme Background
All over the country, communities and municipalities are implementing ground-breaking projects that leverage rainwater runoff to build innovative and interesting parks and green spaces. In addition to improving water quality, these new green spaces can catalyze redevelopment, mitigate stormwater flooding, provide off-road transportation corridors, transform neighborhoods, and often provide community amenities where none existed previously.

Meeting stormwater infrastructure needs in innovative ways is of special interest to park advocates, design professionals and public officials because it results in parks that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also economically and environmentally sound.

It is hoped that the 2014 Parks and Greenspace Conference will highlight existing opportunities for development, inspire cooperation from diverse partners, and influences decision-makers to creatively solve problems concerning infrastructure while producing wonderful parks and green spaces that provide multiple benefits to communities.

Target Audience

The annual conference attracts a wide cohort of approximately 350 attendees comprised of park professionals, park advocates, landscape architects, urban designers, developers, real estate professionals, planners, policy makers, elected officials and advocates from the southeast, with a focus on metro Atlanta. A diverse group of organizations is represented, including the Georgia Recreation and Park Association, the American Planning Association, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, the Urban Land Institute, Congress for New Urbanism, the American Society of Landscape Architects, city departments and federal agencies.

It is anticipated that three distinct tracts will be offered to attendees. Tour and break-out sessions will be structured along the following tracts:

  • Park Advocate/Community Member
  • Water Policy/Municipal
  • Design Alternatives/Design Professionals


Call for Proposals:
Park Pride is accepting proposals for the Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on March 31st, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga.

Keynote speakers, educational breakout session presenters, and tours are sought that address this year’s conference theme, "Pipes to Parks: Building Greenspaces with Rainwater.” Successful presentations will offer a unique opportunity for attendees to explore how green infrastructure (g.i.) opportunities can be leveraged to build interesting parks and public spaces.

Focus Areas: Speakers, sessions, and tours will focus on areas including, but not limited to:

  • G.I. 101: What is green infrastructure? How can problematic rainwater be used creatively as a resource? Describe the opportunities/challenges and outline the multiple benefits provided by a green infrastructure approach to stormwater management. Include some informative and/or inspiring examples of best practices put to good use.
  • Make it Rain: Finances of green infrastructure – Using specific case studies, discuss comparative costs to more traditional methods and discuss potential funding mechanisms for G.I. to leverage additional resources for parks and greenspace.
  • We All Need Water: Municipalities need to plan for growing water needs in their communities. In what ways can parks and open space be leveraged to store water for use in municipal systems? What are examples of innovative stormwater ordinances? Identify best in class municipal system practices and policies, especially related to parks and open space.
  • Water Health: In what ways is public health contributing to the water quantity/water quality discussion? Is the public health argument a successful tool to convince decision-makers that water is a valuable community resource?

Keynote Speakers:

There will be 2-3 Keynote Speaker opportunities at the conference. These are the signature events of the conference and they will be highlighted in conference media prior to and during the conference. The Keynote Speaker presentations, either individual or as a panel, are 30 to 45 minutes in length and should be inspirational, visionary, engaging, visually stimulating and thought-provoking. Proposals for keynote positions should include a brief summary of past speaking engagements.

Break-Out Sessions:

Break-out sessions are 75 minutes in length and offer lecture-style presentations, panel discussions, or hands-on workshops. Presenters are encouraged to budget at least 10 minutes for questions and answers with participants. Approximately 8-12 proposals will be accepted for the break-out session presentations. If appropriate, similar or complementary presentations may be combined into panels for a more in-depth dialog regarding that specific topic.


Tours will be offered to conference attendees to sites or multiple sites that strongly illustrate the theme of the Conference, and will be offered during the week leading up to the Conference both locally and to out-of-town destinations, as well as during the day of the Conference.
Submitting Proposals
Keynote and Breakout Session Presenter Proposals:
To propose a keynote speaker or breakout session, please submit the following information (proposals should be no longer than 300 words):
Session Title
Indicate the purpose of the proposal (Keynote or Breakout Session); please note that breakout session submissions may be considered for the keynote address and keynote submissions may be considered for break-out sessions
A short description of the session topic and format
A brief overview of what you hope/expect participants will learn in your session
A list of keynote/session presenters’ affiliations, titles, roles, etc.
References and/or brief history of session presenters’ past presentations/experience
Contact information of submitter or session leader for notification.

Tour Proposals:

Pre-Conference, Local Tours - typically last 3-4 hours
Pre-Conference, Out of Town Tours – must reasonably fit into the course of a day, with return to Atlanta in the evening
Day of Conference Tour – typically last 3-4 hours
For tour proposals, please submit the following information (proposals should be no longer than 300 words)
Contact information of submitter or session leader for notification.
Tour Title
Indication of whether the conference is Pre-Conference Local, Pre-Conference Out-of-Town, or Day of Conference
Anticipated tour duration (be mindful of time constraints of the Conference sessions)
Tour leader/facilitator (name, e-mail, phone, and brief bio)
Number of attendees that can be accommodated
A brief overview of what you hope/expect participants will learn in your tour
What participants will see, key locations, etc. – include names and addresses of amenities proposed to visit
Additional speakers/guests on tour (name, e-mail, phone, and brief bio)
Resources needed from Park Pride (snacks, microphones, etc.)
Preferred transportation options (carpool, cycle, bus, van, several vans, etc.)

*If there is not a direct correlation between your proposed Keynote, breakout session, or tour to the theme "Pipes to Parks: Building Greenspaces with Rainwater,” please detail how your project/topic is relevant and important to a parks and greenspace conference.*



The deadline for submission is 5:00 PM on:
Tours and Keynote Speaker Proposals: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Breakout Sessions Speaker Proposals: Thursday, November 1, 2013

All submissions must be sent electronically as an Adobe PDF or MS Word document to Please indicate ‘Call for Presentations’ in the subject line of the email.Submitters will receive notification by approximately Wednesday, November 27, 2013.

All accepted presenters receive complimentary attendance at the 13th Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference. Submission of a session or tour proposal represents an agreement to attend and present the proposed session or tour or to find a substitute presenter.

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