2018 Conference
Education Sessions

This is a partial list of our 2018 Education Sessions. Check back for updates!

All regular education sessions are worth 0.1 CEU credits.

Mini & roundtable sessions do not qualify for CEU credits.



Pre-Conference Sessions

Executive Director's Summit
A Panel of Current IPRA Member Directors
Tuesday | January 30 | 1:00-2:45 pm | Harrison A

Whether you are a seasoned veteran or are a new department director, you won’t want to miss this peer-to-peer forum. Led by a panel of directors with varying years of experience, this highly interactive and confidential discussion will provide you with the opportunity to freely exchange ideas and problem solve your greatest challenges. Participants are encouraged to share questions, concerns, ideas, and sensitive issues with fellow directors while gaining new perspectives and strategies from others’ experiences.

Grassroots Advocacy for Parks & Recreation Professionals
Tuesday | January 30 | 3:00-4:15 pm | Harrison A

Join us for a discussion of the components of effective advocacy activities and legislation that impacts the parks field.


Wednesday Sessions | January 31, 2018 | 9:30-10:45 AM


Crowdfunding For Parks & Recreation
Veronica Watson, Barry Jeskewich and Jonathan Leist
Patronocity
Wednesday | January 31 | 9:30-10:45 am | Harrison A

In the last few years crowdfunding has taken off as an exciting new way to support projects that increase local quality of life. Despite that popularity, many municipalities and nonprofits still struggle to run successful campaigns for their projects. This session will help attendees better understand this funding process by discussing the types of projects that work best with crowdfunding, how to create an attainable funding goal, and techniques to engage donors. Examples from successful Indiana campaigns will be provided to show how crowdfunding is a great way to not only raise funds, but to also engage residents.


More Than Just a Playground: The Power of Nature Play Spaces and the Impact on Your Community
Andy Howard
Hitchcock Design Group
Wednesday | January 31 | 9:30-10:45 am | Harrison B

Society’s disconnect from nature and reliance on electronics is a frequent topic of conversation for many park and recreation professionals. The impact that these spaces can have on a community as well as a recreation providers’ programming can be monumental and in some instances, have led to that park becoming a recognized local destination for families and school groups. However, the challenges to create a space can be daunting. This session will focus on navigating the process from design through construction and the impact that these parks have on the recreation providers that maintain them as well as their communities.

Creating a Destination Bike Park- Griffin Bike Park: A Case Study
Kara Kish & Rich Moore
Vigo County Parks & Recreation Department
Wednesday | January 31 | 9:30-10:45 am | Harrison C

Join the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department’s Superintendent and Griffin Bike Park Manager for a closer look at the story of the NPRA Park Design Award-winning Griffin Bike Park. This session will explore the Griffin Bike Park from conception through the first year of operations. A 300-acre, multi-venue, $1.6 million-dollar destination bike park, constructed with zero tax dollars and over 16,000 hours of volunteer labor. Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department will use the Griffin Bike Park as a case study to present their experiences, successes, and challenges related to design, fundraising, community engagement, development, management, and operation structures.

Beyond the Buzzwords- How to Actually Improve Culture & Communication
Jackie O'Connell
Great Parks of Hamilton County
Wednesday | January 31 | 9:30-10:45 am | Harrison D

Are you struggling with how to wrap your arms around culture and employee engagement issues in your agency? Join us for a conversation on how to engage all stakeholders from the top to the bottom and hear all voices. Learn how Great Parks of Hamilton County engaged all employees in moving from entitlement to empowerment with increased cross-department conversations and problem solving. Using non-traditional methods taken from the Art of Hosting philosophy, Great Parks was able to switch meetings to dialogues, harness the collective wisdom of the workforce, and improve many culture-related areas by more than 10% over three years.

Field Trip at the Park- Engaging Local Schools with Nature Field Trips
Amanda Smith
Hamilton County Parks & Recreation
Wednesday | January 31 | 9:30-10:45 am | Harrison E

Field trips are a great way to increase exposure of our parks, create meaningful, long-lasting memories for our youth, and engage our local educators with positive experiences outside the classroom. Whether you are working with 10 or 120 students at a time, your department can organize and implement an educational and enriching experience. We will explore what resources you need including staffing, volunteers, supplies, and infrastructure to provide safe and educational field trips. Our department has offered field trips for over 20 years, served over 140,000 students, and done so with varying resources over these years, and at multiple park locations. We hope to show that quality field trips can be part of your department’s outreach.

Shop Talk 1: The Power of Stories
Michael Kirschman
Mecklenburg County Parks
Wednesday | January 31 | 9:30-10:45 am | Jefferson A

How using universal concepts to link intangible concepts to tangible objects creates meaning for people.

Shop Talk 1B: Shine Bright Like a Diamond
Lorna Steele
City of Noblesville
Wednesday | January 31 | 9:30-10:45 am | Jefferson B

Shine Bright Like a Diamond! Come brag about yourself and hear other’s brag-worthy programs! After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!


Wednesday Sessions | January 31, 2018 | 1:30-2:45 PM


Hitting Reset—Realigning your Park and Recreation System to Meet Changing Community Needs
Cory Daly and Alicia Meredith
HWC Engineering

Wednesday | January 31 | 1:30-2:45 pm | Harrison A

Is your Park and Recreation system evolving with the changing needs of your community? In this session, you will learn how the Parks and Recreation System in New Albany, Indiana has used an opportunity to evaluate this question and effectively hit the “reset” button on their Parks and Recreation planning strategy. In this session, you will have the opportunity to explore the unique challenges the City of New Albany faced when re-launching its Parks and Recreation Department and the planning strategies which were specifically developed to help the city reevaluate its future parks and recreational priorities.

Are We Lame-Scaping, Wrong-Scaping, or Park-Scaping? How Landscape Choices Impact our Parks
Amanda Smith
Hamilton County Parks & Recreation
Wednesday | January 31 | 1:30-2:45 pm | Harrison B

Landscaping choices can have important impact on our parks. More than shaping the aesthetic impressions of our parks for visitors and meeting expectations of our constituents, they can negatively or positively impact the environmental health of our park and ecosystem. Invasive species are commonly planted in our landscape beds and then escape into the natural areas of our parks, which has tremendous impact on biodiversity. Learn how your department can make choices using native plants that not only achieve the aesthetic goals of your park, but also will increase the overall environmental health of your community, reduce maintenance time and cost, and reconnect your patrons to the plants that belong and have evolved in Indiana.

Unwind your Mind: Programming Opportunities for those with Early Dimentia
Patti Davis & Lori Stock
Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department and Alzheimer's Association
Wednesday | January 31 | 1:30-2:45 pm | Harrison C

Early-stage Programming for individuals newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia is becoming increasingly more important as people are being diagnosed much earlier today than in years past. These individuals and their care partners are looking for support and resources beyond medical intervention to maintain their quality of life despite a diagnosis of dementia.

The Secret to HAPPi Customers: Building a Culture of Customer Service Excellence
Neelay Bhatt
PROS Consulting
Wednesday | January 31 | 1:30-2:45 pm | Harrison D

In today’s socially wired and hyper-competitive market, customer experience is paramount to an agency’s success. Find ways to build a customer service culture and differentiate your agency from the competition while making your internal and external customers “HAPPi.”

Parks & Health: A Perfect Partnership
Alison Miller
City of Bloomington Parks & Recreation Department
Wednesday | January 31 | 1:30-2:45 pm | Harrison E

Parks and Recreation and Healthcare providers working together is a perfect partnership. Through collaboration, we can support and sustain a healthy community. Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department and IU Health Bloomington have forged a strong partnership that has grown throughout the years. Join us as we explore this collaboration.


Tech is the New Rec!
Richard Ginn
Black Rocket
Wednesday | January 31 | 1:30-2:45 pm | Jefferson A

How STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math) is transforming the recreation experience with Tech summer camps. These tips, techniques, and course ideas compliment existing programs and boost your summer camp enrollment.


Mini Session 1A: Generate Revenue with Ad Sales at Parks Facilities

Julie Ramey
Bloomington Parks & Recreation
Wednesday | January 31 | 1:30-2:45 pm | Jefferson B

Ball field fences, basketball court walls, and soccer field sidelines are all spaces that Parks and Recreation agencies can use to generate revenue for programs through the sale of advertising to local businesses. This session covers how to identify potential ad space by gathering demographics to appeal to potential advertisers, creating ads that enhance the look of your facilities, and setting price points for advertising spaces.

Mini Session 1B: So You Want to be a Rock N' Roll Star?
Bob McCutcheon
City of Fishers

Wednesday | January 31 | 1:30-2:45 pm | Jefferson B

Is your parks department interested in having an outdoor music venue, but you just don’t know where to start? What type of programs should you offer? How many programs should you have? How do you target a variety of demographics? Once you decide the answers to these questions, how do you execute your vision and make the venue successful in your community? The City of Fishers’ Parks and Recreation Amphitheater has been operating since 2012. The programs at the “AMP” include national music shows, local bands, high school plays, holiday events, and more! The City of Fishers’ Parks and Recreation Nickel Plate District Amphitheater has won two IPRA awards—Best New Venue in 2012 and Most Creative Programming in 2014. Special events coordinator, Bob McCutcheon, wants to help you answer all these questions regarding creating a successful amphitheater facility and programming. He has been a member of the Fishers Parks and Recreation team for 5 years. In that time, he has seen the amphitheater program grow and he has facilitated a variety of programs and has seen as many as 11,000 people attend events. He has been in the music industry for decades. His experience includes co-managing Poison and Guns N’ Roses, as well as being John Mellencamp’s production manager, just to name a few of his experiences. He is eager to share his knowledge at IPRA conference.

Mini Session 1C: Starting & Operating a Farmers Market

Wednesday | January 31 | 1:30-2:45 pm | Jefferson B

Has your parks department been tossing around the idea of starting or taking over an existing farmers market? This session will emphasize the basics required to run a successful community driven farmers market. Topics covered will include vendor recruitment and operations. Learn how to bring this great farmers market experience to your community!


Wednesday Sessions | January 31, 2018 | 3:00-4:15 PM


Making Grants Work For Your Agency
Scott Vollmer & Leon Younger
PROS Consulting
Wednesday | January 31 | 3:00-4:15 pm | Harrison A

Grant opportunities are endless if you know how to access the right opportunities and follow a correct path to winning them. This session will outline all the ways grants can be pursued and the opportunities that exist for your agency. With the Federal Government reducing grant opportunities, now is the time to explore grants for park and recreation agencies, focusing on not-for-profit granting organizations to support your operational and capital needs for the future. The session will outline how to research grants and how to effectively create your message with proposal writers who have a long history of successfully winning grants for their clients.

Open Dialogue with Dr. John Crompton
Dr. John Crompton
Texas A&M University
Wednesday | January 31 | 3:00-4:15 pm | Harrison B

Have an opportunity to dive deeper and get more of your questions answered about Dr. Crompton’s presentation about the seven sources of economic contributions that parks and recreation makes to local economic development: Attracting tourists, businesses, and retirees; enhancing property values; reducing taxes; stimulating equipment sales; and reducing medical costs associated with mental stress.

John L. Crompton holds the rank of University Distinguished Professor and is both a Regents Professor and a Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University. He received his basic training in England. His undergraduate work was in physical education and geography at Loughborough College. After teaching high school for a year, he attended the University of Illinois where he completed a M.S. degree in Recreation and Park Administration in 1968. In 1970, he was awarded another M.S. degree from Loughborough University majoring in Business Administration.

Motivation to Move: Increasing Physical Activity in Multi-Generational Park Settings
Bill Patterson
GameTime
Wednesday | January 31 | 3:00-4:15 pm | Harrison C

Parks and recreation professionals are seeking innovative and exciting new opportunities to encourage active play for people of all ages. By intentionally and thoughtfully creating outdoor environments with fitness in mind, communities can dramatically impact their efforts in promoting less sedentary lifestyles across generations. Uncover innovative solutions, case examples, evidence-based programs, and unique design strategies that inspire people of ages to live healthier, happier lives through active movement.

Is Your Agency Truly Relevant? Aligning Parks and Recreation Services with the Public Perception
Michael Kirschman
Mecklenburg County Parks
Wednesday | January 31 | 3:00-4:15 pm | Harrison D

Does your agency just talk the talk, or actually walk the walk? How does the public perceive your services, and do you REALLY align your actions (programs, policies, initiatives, facilities) with these perceptions? How do you find out what the public REALLY wants and thinks about your services, and how does an agency become truly relevant. The answers lie at the intersection of strategic planning, policy initiatives, and brand reinforcement.

Rethinking Sprawl: City Streets and Playgrounds
Megan Butler, Kristen Guthrie, and Frank Howard
Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, Visit Fort Wayne, and Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District
Wednesday | January 31 | 3:00-4:15 pm | Harrison E

Downtown Fort Wayne has many flourishing public and private investment projects. Most recently, Riverfront Fort Wayne, part of Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, is transforming our downtown riverfront. Speakers from Riverfront Fort Wayne, Visit Fort Wayne, and the Downtown Improvement District who specialize in event planning and marketing will discuss their experiences reframing urban environments. Concepts discussed are applicable to communities of any size. Events covered range from 25-25,000 attendees and include cultural, historical, educational, recreational, and fundraising events, each redefining spaces and expectations. This panel includes a question and answer period and a rapid-fire event idea session.

Shop Talk 2A: Is that Real or Augmented Reality
Chuck Lehman, Steve Slauson, and Dan McGuire
Ladscape Architect, St Joseph County Parks & Recreation, and Valparaiso Parks
and Recreation
Wednesday | January 31 | 3:00-4:15 pm | Jefferson A

As a continuation of the past several years’ sessions on Technology the "techies" would like to focus the 2018 conference tech session on the latest in applications that will aid P&R agencies. In addition, we will highlight the aspects of security of not only your technology systems but on your park spaces and places. Attention will be given to in demonstrating the latest hardware and software and their applications in 2018 technology. We will also highlight the latest in augmented and virtual reality programs and devices.


Shop Talk 2B: Community Hunter Access Program (CHAP)
Jessica Merkling
Department of Natural Resources
Wednesday | January 31 | 3:00-4:15 pm | Jefferson B

The Community Hunter Access Program (CHAP) is designed to create more white-tailed deer hunting opportunities in urban environments. Hunting is one of the most effective ways of managing deer and this program can help to alleviate human-deer conflicts in these areas. Different communities such as parks or homeowners associations can submit an application for the CHAP program which will then be reviewed and those communities that are selected will be provided with financial and technical assistance to implement a hunting program. The presentation will address the CHAP information as well as provide a little bit of background on white-tailed deer in Indiana and different management options of deer in urban communities.


Thursday Sessions | February 1, 2018 | 9:00-10:15 am


Moving Forward as a Metric-Driven Organization
Jeff Bransford
Dakota County Parks (MN)
Wednesday | January 31 | 9:00-10:15 am | Harrison A

The benefits of parks and recreation may be endless, but in the ongoing competition for funding, resources, and public attention, our services will come up short if we fail to continually show our value. This session will discuss how to pick the right key metrics and performance indicators to demonstrate agency performance, not just for the sake of it, but to help improve service quality, find financial efficiencies, increase productivity, implement accountability tools, tell your story, and achieve even better results.

Parks Foundations 2.0
Panel Discussion
Wednesday | January 31 | 9:00-10:15 am | Harrison B

Learn how various Parks Foundations are created, how they operate, and how your Park & Recreation department can partner with your Foundation for success.


Community Engagement in Parks and Recreation

Daniel Domsic and Tony Elliot
Fishers Parks & Recreation
Thursday | February 1 | 9:00-10:15 am | Harrison C

Our fast-growing suburb of Fishers, Indiana created a community engagement division within the Fishers Parks & Recreation department. Learn how this small division can assist with cost-savings, volunteerism, and participatory government. In a community striving to be smart, vibrant, and entrepreneurial the community engagement division plays a vital role in connecting stakeholders with local government and other resources by adding a dynamic edge to the model of a traditional parks and recreation department.

Trail Use and Health Factors: Reports from the Indiana 2017 Trails Study
Stephen A. Wolter
Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Lands, Indiana University
Thursday | February 1 | 9:00-10:15 am | Harrison D

In 2001 and 2017, IU’s Eppley Institute researched 14 different Indiana trails for user patterns, trail management factors, self-reported health factors, and trail neighbor attitudes toward trails. This session provides the 1st report of 2017 Indiana Trails Study, and a comparison of factors between the 2 studies conducted 15 plus years apart.

Take a Hike and Call me in the Morning
Lynda Lancaster
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, NPS
Thursday | February 1 | 9:00-10:15 am | Harrison E

National Parks are not just for the elite athletes and wilderness explorers. The National Park Service is partnering with healthcare providers, insurance companies, communities, and the public to promote public lands as a place to strengthen the body and restore the mind.

Mini Session 2A: The Use of County Health Rankings in Parks & Recreation Agencies: A Public Health Perspective
Derek Herrmann and Sally Pelto-Wheeler, MPH, CPH
Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Land
Thursday | February 1 | 9:00-10:15 am | Jefferson A

Parks and recreation agencies play a vital role in promoting community health, which can in turn guide decisions related to programming, master planning, and much more. A useful, publicly-available tool for monitoring public health information is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings. This session will provide an overview of CountyHealthRankings.org and how this data can be incorporated into your agency’s work. In addition, a snapshot of health metrics across Indiana counties as related to parks and recreation will be covered.

Mini Session 2B: Meeting is an Art not a Science
Lisa Wube
City of Evansville Parks & Recreation
Thursday | February 1 | 9:00-10:15 am | Jefferson A

There are a plethora of meeting types: regularly scheduled, project, conference, business seminar, video conference, and many more. Do you remember your last meeting? How many of you are thinking how non-productive that meeting was? Think about these numbers: there are 11 million meetings a day taking place in America, $37 billion lost annually to unproductive meetings, and it’s been estimated that today’s business people spend at least a quarter of their working hours in meetings. We suffer through them, cringe at the idea of sitting through another one, and then still we schedule more! This mini-session will help us all gain a new perspective when holding meetings. As Gina Imperto says, “Great meetings do not just happen, they are designed.”

Mini Session 2C: Social Complexities of Privacy in the Public Restroom
Amy Baker
William Baker Company (Representative for Bobrick Washroom Equipment Company)
Thursday | February 1 | 9:00-10:15 am | Jefferson A

Restroom needs are changing. With the trend toward gender-neutral restrooms, privacy is important. Social media sites are buzzing with complaints about embarrassing gaps between doors and panels in many toilet partition systems. It’s time that we all better understand the social complexities of privacy within restroom facilities. Additionally, we will determine what current issues arise within restrooms, the need for more privacy, and products that can improve safety, comfort, and ultimately time and money.


Thursday Sessions | February 1, 2018 | 10:45-12:00 pm


Leveraging Your Community's Planning Effort
John Seibert and Austin Hochstetler
City of Valporaiso Parks & Recreation Department and PROS Consulting
Thursday | February 1 | 10:45-12:00 pm | Harrison A

This session will be centered on a case study for the City of Valparaiso, IN. The Parks and Recreation Department began updating their 5-year Master Plan in 2016 and it was approved in early 2017. Through the Master Planning process, the City of Valparaiso leveraged the community engagement process, emerging themes, and prioritized needs to begin implementing the plan before it was even complete! Highlights of the implementation process include identifying new funding streams, adding additional amenities to the park system, pathway connections to an underserved “new” part of the community, and much more. Attendees are encouraged to join our conversation as to how we leveraged our community’s planning effort during the process.

Embracing Millenials in the Workplace: Seasonal Employees, Interns, & Beyond
Julie Knapp
Indiana University
Thursday | February 1 | 10:45-12:00 pm | Harrison B

Learn and understand how to create a work environment that will attract and retain Millennials. This interactive session will encourage you to shift your existing stereotypical thoughts about Millennials and rethink how we have been told to manage this generation. Embrace the positive, stay relevant, and learn how to create meaningful work for millennials.

Inclusive Play Maters: Whole Child, Whole Environment, Whole Community Solutions
Bill Patterson
GameTime
Thursday | February 1 | 10:45-12:00 pm | Harrison C

Both a physical and social event, inclusive play is not solely about physically accessing an environment, but what happens once an individual gets there. Creating truly inclusive and embracing play experiences should start with an understanding of the developmental needs of the whole child. Discover evidence-based design guidelines to innovate and champion inclusive play destinations that support t active participation and enhance the quality of life for children, families, and communities. Case examples will demonstrate ways to effectively promote the benefits and advocate for the creation of inclusive, inter-generational play destinations for people of all ages and abilities.

Parks & Trails: Planning the Healthy Connection
Andrea Irland
National Park Services- Rivers & Trails Assistance
Thursday | February 1 | 10:45-12:00 pm | Harrison D

Parks and Trails provide an opportunity for healthier lifestyles, but how do you actively incorporate health considerations into your recreation planning? Discover how you can make healthy community connections to outdoor recreation through tools, programming, and partnerships.

Managing Your Most Important Assets: Natural Areas
Michael Kirschman
Mecklenburg County Parks
Thursday | February 1 | 10:45-12:00 pm | Harrison E

Find out why Mecklenburg County P&R regards natural resource management a "form of asset management and thus a business imperative." Natural areas are no different than playgrounds or ballfields - they must be maintained, or they will deteriorate. While maintenance costs are less than ballfields, there are costs. Additionally, the techniques are quite different than traditional P&R maintenance. Over 20 years ago, Mecklenburg started their Natural Resources program. See how far they've come, learn from their mistakes and successes, find out how much (and why) it costs, and learn why natural areas management should be a core responsibility of your department.

Sports Indiana Grant Program
William Knox and Shannon Sullivan
Indiana Sports Corp
Thursday | February 1 | 10:45-12:00 pm | Jefferson A

Sports Indiana, with support from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, awards grants up to $20,000 for tourism or sports-related organizations to support and enhance athletic events held in Indiana. The goal of the grant program is to assist communities in attracting and growing high quality sporting events in order to generate significant economic impact through participant spending. Join us to learn how your community can benefit from a Sports Indiana Grant.


Thursday Sessions | February 1, 2018 | 1:30-2:45 pm


Captial Improvement Plan
Tricia Leminger and Carrie Doehrmann
Frost Brown Todd, LLC

Thursday | February 1 | 1:30-2:45 pm | Harrison A

  • The presentation will lay out and address each of the various steps that are normally coupled with undertaking and completing park improvement projects and offer an in-depth examination and analysis of the major operational, legal, and political issues affiliated with each of the steps, including:
    • Planning for and constructing park improvement projects in your community
    • Identifying the Issues and Providing the Tools Necessary for Undertaking and Successfully Completing Park Improvement Projects in Your Community, such as: Trails, Sports Facilities, Picnic Areas, Playgrounds, Waterparks, Special Event Venues, etc.

Understanding your Market and Positioning for Success
Jeff Bransford and Nick Deardorf
Dakota County Parks (MN)
Thursday | February 1 | 1:30-2:45 pm | Harrison B

As park and recreation professionals, it is critically important to understand the populations we serve in order to create effective programs and services that resonate with our community. As a follow-up to last year’s popular interactive session on market data, we will review the latest recreation trends not only among the general population, but for Seniors, Boomers, Millennials, and the latest: Generation Z. We will also discuss how to find and apply public health metrics and other market research to predict your population’s “consumer behavior” and position your services to energize your community through targeted and impactful programming.

Bringing Nature into the Curriculum & Getting the Curriculum into Nature
Danesa Stolz
City of Fishers Parks and Recreation
Thursday | February 1 | 1:30-2:45 pm | Harrison C

Nature First is a unique and innovative City of Fishers Parks & Recreation program. It is environmental education that is directly tied to state standards and curriculum requirements for first graders. We will look at this real-world example in hopes that you might be able to partner with schools in your community to create (or duplicate) a similar program. The lack of exposure children have to nature is alarming and the consequences are great. Programs like this will instill a sense of stewardship at a young age to a generation that will have great impact on the future of land use, park planning, preservation, and the environment.

Salomon Farm Park- Leading a Legacy
Kellie Adkins & Eden Lamb
Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation
Thursday | February 1 | 1:30-2:45 pm | Harrison D

Salomon Farm Park is a historic 1871 working farm and park that cultivates learning experiences rooted in agriculture. The period selected for the operating theme for Salomon Farm Park is the 1930s. The park offers programming that encourages gardening and promotes environmental education. Salomon Farm Park also established its summer camp, Farmin’ Fun Day Camp in 2002 and sells out each year. Please join us for a discussion as we explore unique land and livestock management, managing a historic preservation site, current and future programming, and our plans for our expanded Learning Center and teaching kitchen.

Riverside Regional Park: Bringing a City Beautiful Era Park into the 21st Century
John Jackson and Andre Denman
Ratio Architects
Thursday | February 1 | 1:30-2:45 pm | Harrison E

Riverside Regional Park is the second largest public space in Indianapolis. The 862-acre park was the crown jewel of the parks system in Indianapolis at the dawn of the 20st century. By the dawn of the 21st century, development pressures, disinvestment, changing trends, budget challenges, and associated community improvement initiatives resulted in a need for a master plan. This session will review the history of the park, the master planning process, and the outcomes. Special focus will be given to the robust public engagement plan, where it succeeded, and where the team would make changes in hindsight.

Mini Session 3A: Cemeteries
Jeannie Regan-Dinius and Richard Zarr
DNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology and
CPRP-National Recreation and Parks Association

Thursday | February 1 | 1:30-2:45 pm | Jefferson A

Early cemeteries were often seen as respites from the city life and were park-like. Today, many parks departments have received cemetery land into their system, but the care and use of these memorials are different from other park land. Learn about laws, ideas of respect, and programming that can work while still respecting these historic resources.

Mini Session 3B: Poured-in-Place Playground Surfacing
Eric McDaniel
Kinetic Recreation
Thursday | February 1 | 1:30-2:45 pm | Jefferson A

This presentation will discuss the advantages of poured-in-place playground surfacing including cost benefits, care, maintenance of surfacing, and performance expectations with proper care.

Mini Session 3C: Environmental, Cultural, and Social Stewardship through the Living Building Challenge
Christopher Reinhart
Cripe Architects and Engineers
Thursday | February 1 | 1:30-2:45 pm | Jefferson A

The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is the most rigorous third-party certification for the built environment, setting the trajectory for a future that is “ecologically restorative, culturally rich, and socially just.” This wholistic standard is performance based: success depends on the operations of a project rather than on design documents. Projects that have met full LBC certification go beyond sustainable and are regenerative – their positive “handprint” exceeds their negative “footprint.” This session provides an introduction to the philosophy and framework of the standard and then presents several case studies that focus on LBC projects built in parks.


Thursday Sessions | February 1, 2018 | 3:00-4:15 pm


Hold Your Horses! Building Neighborhood Support for an Equestrian Trail
Phil Parnin, Mary Louise Bewley, & Travis Tranbarger
PROS Consulting & Brownsburg Parks
Thursday | February 1 | 3:00-4:15 pm | Harrison A

If you purchased a home in 2005 along the abandoned CSX railroad line in Brownsburg, IN, it’s possible you had no clue that just four years later the railroad ties would be replaced with a paved trail. After all, the land was owned by a nonprofit trail association and communications with neighbors were hit-and-miss at best. In 2010, Brownsburg Parks acquired the land from the trail association, and the depth of frustration among homeowners quickly became apparent. Learn how Brownsburg Parks' staff used communications strategies ranging from face-to-face meetings to an invitation-only website to put Park-Neighbor relations on the right path.

Small is the New Big
Daniel Atilano and Tom Carstens
Dewberry Architects Inc.
Thursday | February 1 | 3:00-4:15 pm | Harrison B

Is your agency facing reduced funding for recreation facilities? Are you wondering how to make improvements while doing more with less? Do you feel like you need to pull a rabbit out of a hat to make things happen? This session will make you feel better by highlighting two real-life facility success stories. The first case study highlights phase one of a new community center that was master planned to be 38,000-square feet. The second case study includes a 36,000-square foot recreation center. Both projects started small with phase one being 20,000 and 30,000 square feet respectively. The goal for both agencies is to expand and fulfill their facility master plans to improve their community’s conservation, health and wellness, and social equity.

Safe Routes to Parks: A New Framework for Creating Healthier and More Active Communities
Pete Fritz, Kim Irwin, & Kara Kish
Indiana State Department of Health
Thursday | February 1 | 3:00-4:15 pm | Harrison C

This session will discuss the newly released Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework, a “how-to” guide for park and recreation professionals to implement safe routes to parks strategies that was prepared by NRPA. Attendees will learn how to use this approach to increase safe access to park properties to create better community health outcomes. Session presenters will outline a proven process to create safe access to parks and highlight the City of Terre Haute’s efforts as a pilot community for the national Safe Routes to Parks NRPA funded program.

Utilizing Citizen Science to Reach Your Natural Resource Objectives
Brittany Davis-Swinford & Tom Swinford
Indy Parks & IDNR
Thursday | February 1 | 3:00-4:15 pm | Harrison D

This is a great session for park managers who want to increase their conservation efforts, but are limited by a tight budget. Husband and wife team, Brittany Davis-Swinford (Indy Parks) and Tom Swinford (IDNR), will fill you in on the many citizen science projects they have participated in and coordinated within their combined forty years of resource management. Instruction will include: identifying your natural resource objectives, seeking the “right” volunteers, case studies of citizen science projects, and classroom discussion on “what has worked on your property?”.



2018 IPRA Education Session Committee Members

Chair: Bill Ream, Bloomington Parks & Recreation

Nichole Haberlin, Noblesville Parks & Recreation

Austin Hochstetler, PROS Consulting

Cathy Marx, Indy Parks & Recreation