Over 80 percent of the population lives in a city, and our nation’s city parks, which are supported by a vast network of infrastructure systems, play an important role in spurring economic growth and development, and creating more resilient communities with green infrastructure systems. However, despite the growing popularity of public parks and lands, chronic underfunding of our parks infrastructure continues to plague the system, threatening both the safety of these infrastructure systems and communities’ economic stability. ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card gave our nation’s public parks infrastructure a grade of “D+.”
Attendees of this session will learn about the nexus of public parks and green stormwater infrastructure and the ancillary community benefits of green infrastructure; how investment in our parks is necessary in order to meet the needs of a growing population; and the critical role of public parks infrastructure in driving local economies and addressing transportation needs. Panelists will emphasis the need for city parks to be included in any future infrastructure legislation.
- Catherine Nagel, Executive Director, City Parks Alliance
- Tom Smith, Executive Director, American Society of Civil Engineers
- Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH)
- Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)Dr. Robert Traver PhD
- 9:30AM – Breakfast
- 10:00AM – Event
Please RSVP to Natalie Mamerow at ASCE if you plan to attend.