On April 2, in partnership with the PA Recreation and Park Society, DCNR held a full-day workshop entitled “Parks and Green Infrastructure: Making Connections and Managing Water for Multiple Community Benefits.”
This workshop brought together 70 participants representing municipalities, recreation and park professionals, watershed organizations, consultants, and other interested stakeholders to explore the multiple benefits of incorporating green infrastructure (GI) elements into parks, trails, waterways, and other public amenities.
Keynote speaker, Rich Dolesh from the National Recreation and Parks Association kicked off the workshop with a presentation of how this work is positively impacting communities nationwide including:
- flood reduction
- cost effectively meeting regulatory requirements for water quality and sediment load
- creation of a variety of park user experiences
- community revitalization
DCNR recreation and conservation manager of the Central Regional Office Lori Yeich followed this presentation with an in-depth look at case studies in Pennsylvania, and how these communities leveraged funding from a variety of state, federal, and nonprofit organizations to fund large park rehabilitation and stream bank/riparian buffer restoration projects. Participants also had the opportunity to attend breakout sessions in which 14 speakers provided information on: potential sources of funding for GI, management and maintenance of GI, and changing landscapes of community parks.
If you missed the workshop, visit the National Recreation and Park Association website for resource guides, case studies, and webinars on the topic. Additionally, EPA’s Green Infrastructure in Parks Guide is a recommended resource to acquire some basic understanding of the challenges and opportunities to consider when incorporating municipal stormwater management with local park planning.