Park Pride is hosting the 17th Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Monday, March 26. The event is expected to draw over 450 attendees from across the Southeast and will offer a diverse array of local and national perspectives on the relationship between parks and urban resilience.

The topic of urban resilience and how it relates to parks is a timely conversation. In 2016, Atlanta joined the 100 Resilient Cities cohort. As people across the country relocate in increasing numbers to cities and urban centers like Atlanta face unprecedented growth, parks will be vital for the success of sustainable growth. Park Pride’s conference theme, Parks & the Resilient City, will highlight how a robust park system can help an urban environment withstand the acute crises and chronic stressors that accompany a growing population.

Through a mix of tours and lectures, speakers will approach the theme through a variety of lenses, including: government policy, education and recreation, transit and connectivity, access to food and housing, building a community’s capacity for change and inclusivity, ecological diversity, and more.

The conference’s list of nationally recognized speakers includes: Otis Rolley, North American Regional Director of 100 Resilient Cities; Ken Leinbach, Executive Director of the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee; Kate Orff, Founder of landscape architecture firm, SCAPE, and recipient of MacArthur “Genius Award.”

Locally recognized speakers include: Ryan Gravel, founding principal at Sixpitch and visionary behind the Atlanta BeltLine, and Nathaniel Smith, founder and Chief Equity Officer & CEO of the Partnership for Southern Equity.

Learn more and register at parkpride.org/conference.