Urban Park Advocates Summit - October 4, 2011

Hello Fellow Urban Park Advocates

Thank you for your patience as we secured a new date for the Urban Park Advocates Summit - it will be Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. Thanks to the dedicated work of the Summit Planning Team* we’ve got a great format and program to offer but realized that the date in early May wouldn’t allow us enough time to market the Summit as widely as it deserves. But now we can!

So please, mark your calendars for a wonderfully full day on October 4, and help spread the word by passing this on to other kindred spirits who share our love of urban parks, gardens, and greenways.

Below is a snippet of what the Summit will cover—we’ll get lots more to you soon! (and please send your ideas for marketing the Summit to us!)

Sincerely, Andrea Freeman, The Trustees of Reservations

Urban Park Advocates Summit

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 – 8:30am-5:00pm - Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA

This Summit will be a day-long gathering for people involved with and committed to making Massachusetts cities healthier and more vibrant by having quality green spaces in all of our urban neighborhoods. The parks, gardens, and greenways in our cities are key ingredients for public health, food security, community development, recreation, youth development, summer jobs, and more. A small planning team from several nonprofits and agencies from across Massachusetts created this Summit to be an inspiring, learning opportunity for the participants AND a wake-up call to decision-makers that investments in urban parks, gardens, greenways IS an investment in advancing environmental quality, economic prosperity, and social justice. The registration fee will be highly affordable. Click here for the agenda that we’ll continually update.

The Planning Team

Jane Calvin, Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust
Melissa Cryan, MA Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Ashley Emerson, MA Dept. of Housing & Community Development
Ona Ferguson, Consensus Building Institute
Andrea Freeman, The Trustees of Reservations
Kurt Gaertner, MA Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Ruth Goldman, Boston Park Advocates
Meri Jenkins, MA Cultural Council
Heather McMann, Groundwork Lawrence
Colin Novick, Greater Worcester Land Trust
David Outman, The Trustees of Reservations
Charlie Tracy, National Park Service
Gloria Villegas-Cardoza, Mass Audubon