Parks Summit 2024!

Saturday, May 4th, 2024 from 8:00am to 4:30pm (CT)


Digital program can be found here! 

Austin Parks Foundation and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department are partnering to bring back the Parks Summit! This a free event is for Park Adopters, Stewards, greenspace advocates and volunteers providing the opportunity to learn from each other and leaders from around Austin.

Check-in will take place from 8 - 9 AM alongside an optional hour for attendees to meet and chat over breakfast snacks and coffee. We'll also provide childcare for ages 5 -11, catered lunch from Taco Deli and an optional ice cream social on site from 3:30 - 4:30 PM! Attendance all day is not required so please feel free to come for any portion that works for you! 

Check in, optional coffee, breakfast and networking 8 - 9 AM

Opening remarks 9 AM

Liana Kallivoka - Assistant Director, Austin Parks and Recreation

Keynote Presentation, The value of Community 9:05 - 9:20 AM

Trennis Jones, Vice President Community Impact - Austin FC

9:30 - 10:20 Keeping it CulturalWhat does authentic, culturally relevant, neighborhood engagement look like? 

Monica Lopez Magee, Senior Vice President, Programs Research and Policy & Mindy Gulati, Equity & Inclusion Consultant, Attorney, CEO Fundamental Advisory      

10:30 - 11:20 1a. Adopt-A-Park: What’s new, what’s changed

Barry Rivera, Senior Programs Manager, Austin Parks Foundation & Christine Chute Canul, Community PARKnerships Program Manager, Austin Parks and Recreation Department 

10:30 - 11:20 1b. PARD land management plan, Blunn Creek Nature Preserve Stewardship

Community members and long-time dedicated stewards Max Woodfin and David Todd. Patrick Chaiken, Park Ranger, Austin Parks and Recreation & John Davis, Conservation Program Coordinator, Austin Parks and Recreation. 

11:20 - 1:00 Community partners tabling

11: 45 - 1:00 Lunch and networking 

1:00 - 1:50 2a. Fun at Blunn: Blunn Creek Nature Preserve walking tour 

Community member and long-time dedicated stewards Jerry Levenson

1:00 - 1:50 2b. Activate your park 101: How to easily and cheaply engage and activate volunteers

Community Member and Patterson Park, Park Adopter Emma Hoffman & Robin Lee, Volunteer Manager, Austin Parks Foundation

2:00 - 2:50 3a. Steps towards positive behavior change in parks

Jimmy Evans, Park Ranger, Austin Parks and Recreation & Melissa Hand, Park Ranger Education and Outreach Supervisor 

2:00 - 2:50 3b. The Story of AUS: Austin's Park History

Kim McKnight, Program Manager, Historic Preservation & Tourism Program Austin Parks and Recreation

3:00 - 3:20 Parks Advocacy – Kayla Reese, Advocacy Manager, Austin Parks Foundation

3:20 - 3:30 Closing remarks - Colin Wallis, CEO, Austin Parks Foundation

3:30 - 4:30 Optional ice cream social!

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Free lunch and refreshments provided by APF, great speakers on interesting topics, and the opportunity to network with other park lovers!
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