Placemaking, Education, & Stewardship Panel Discussion

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Moderator: Michelle Johnson

Panelists: Bonnie Ralston, Kelly O’Donnell, Isa Del Bello, Christine Petro

In recent years, new iterations of green space have emerged throughout New York City. Developed on disused infrastructure, sites like Brooklyn Bridge Park and Freshkills Park occupy a dichotomous space in the public landscape. As products of industrial negligence, they present opportunities for restoration, activism, and stewardship. The unique landscape, history, and mandate of these parks challenge us as practitioners to facilitate lasting community bonds with natural urban spaces. Using the sense of place framework as a lens, this panel will examine the impact of education, public programming and stewardship on the reclamation of and care for urban green spaces.

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