2023 Urban Exchange - Pittsburgh

Thursday, April 20, 2023 Schenley Ice Rink Facility Schenley Park, Pittsburgh


Join us for this in-person learning and networking event.  The Exchange is designed to bring together regional urban and suburban parks and recreation professionals, champions, and volunteers to address issues around the role of parks for neighborhoods and communities.  State and local speakers will share their experiences and findings to kick off and facilitate discussion and idea sharing about issues and opportunities native to urban and suburban parks and communities.  Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation and PRPS invites all who play a role in the development of recreation and open space management in their communities to join us on Thursday, April 20th.  

Working Schedule

8:30 am    Arrival / Registration

 9:00               Networking Coffee & Refreshments
                         Opportunity to network with local, regional and
                        statewide professionals
9:15                Introductions, Overview, Agenda
Welcome - Tim Herd or Dan Hendey PRPS
                             -Kathryn Vargas - Pittsburgh Dept. of Parks & Recreation

9:45               Session: Partnerships - A Success Story
Kathryn Vargas - Pittsburgh Dept. of Parks and Recreation
                           Marcus Shoffner - Outdoor Inclusion Coalition

10:45                Session: "All In" at the Sensory Trail
Ross Chapman - Frick Environmental Center
                            Brandon Riley - Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

11:45  am     Lunch

12:30             Tour of Schenley Park Loop and Skating Facility

1:30               Topic Roundtables : 
                      This is an opportunity for participants to have small group
                       facilitated discussions with local leaders.  Topics include:

  • Inclusion
  • Pay equity in the outdoors
  • Engaging underserved youth and communities – How to solicit input and follow it
  • Partnership Development and event coordination
  • Advocacy
  • Opening school grounds for public use
  • Supporting Dementia Outdoors

2:40     Overview of Resources, Evaluations, and Feedback

.3 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) available for attendees

This event made possible through funding by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources.

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4/20/2023 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time
Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation Schenley Park Ice Rink Facility 10341 Overlook Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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