On May 12–May 13, The City of Boston, The Boston Department of Parks and Recreation, and Sasaki will host Boston's first NRPA Innovation Lab, Data Driven Government and Parks and Recreation. The event will bring together thought leaders from a range of fields to discuss the role of data and technology in parks planning, design, administration, and maintenance.
This latest event continues in the vein of previous NRPA Innovation Labs held most recently in San Diego, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Miami to "explore how innovative thinking can meet emerging challenges, reduce costs, and better serve the public."
Sasaki representatives will include:
Landscape architect, principal, and Urban Studio chair, Gina Ford, ASLA
Urban planner and principal, Brie Hensold
Director of Sasaki Strategies and principal, Ken Goulding
Parks Planning Director, Barbara Heller
Associate landscape architect, Eamonn Hutton, among others.
Our parks planning and design experts—with input from Boston Parks Commissioner Chris Cook, NRPA's Kevin O'Hara, and Nigel Jacob of the Boston Office of New Urban Mechanics—will share some thoughts on the topic of Data Driven Government and Parks and Recreation in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
Details about the event and the Innovation Lab can be found below.
About the Event
Data Driven Government and Parks and Recreation
May 12-13, 2016
From constantly changing technological requirements to citizens' increasing dependence on technology, cities, and park and recreation agencies in particular, are faced with many challenges which require innovative solutions.
NRPA in conjunction with the City of Boston, the Boston Department of Parks and Recreation, and Sasaki Associates is hosting an NRPA Innovation Lab May 12-13, 2016 in Boston, MA to determine how innovation in data driven government will affect the field of parks and recreation, and how public agencies can leverage that data.
Thought leaders from both inside and outside the field are invited to attend this special interactive event designed to use cities and park and recreation departments as the host and subject matter to help us understand how parks and recreation can continue to play a key role in solving problems faced by cities today.
What Will You Learn?
• How a wide variety of stakeholders from the public, private and academic realms are using data to further multiple policy objectives and how it can be applied at your agency.
• How to apply lessons learned from Boston Parks and Recreation's success in collecting and utilizing data and technology at your agency.
• How parks and recreation data can raise your agency's profile through a better understanding of the social and economic value of your agency to your community.
About NRPA Innovation Labs
Park and recreation agencies are increasingly challenged to produce solutions to solve new problems and meet new challenges that come from a rapidly changing world. Demographic, social, technological, and economic changes are forcing park and recreation agencies to adapt quickly and embrace change at a pace for which they may not be well-prepared.
The Innovation Labs are a new approach to bringing together some of the sharpest minds both in and outside the field of parks and recreation to explore how innovative thinking can meet emerging challenges, reduce costs, and better serve the public.
For more information on the Innovation Lab program, head to NRPA's website.
This is the first installment of a series of blog posts that discuss the upcoming NRPA Innovation Lab. Click here to read the second installment, a Q&A with NRPA's Kevin O'Hara.