Learn How Parks and Outdoor Spaces Promote Public Health at #MACoCon

When COVID-19 shut down many of the usual ways we exercised, relaxed, and socialized, people rediscovered their communities’ outdoor spaces in a major way. COVID also shined a spotlight on communities that had less access to outdoor recreation. This invigorated demand for public parks and natural spaces has both physical and mental health benefits for residents. How do we meet increased demand and provide more equitable access in order to harness these public health benefits?

the legs of a person walk on a log in a forestInvesting in the Outdoors: How Parks Promote Public Health

Where did Maryland residents go to safely escape from hibernation during the pandemic? Public parks and open spaces! Join local government and conservation leaders to reflect on the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, the positive use trends, and the evolution of the role of parks and recreation. Learn about traditional and new funding for land conservation, parks, and recreational infrastructure, including action taken at the 2021 Maryland General Assembly to restore and expand investment in Program Open Space and its companion conservation programs.


  • Roslyn Johnson, Director, Baltimore County Recreation and Parks
  • Elvis Cordova, Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy, National Parks and Recreation Association
  • Charlotte Davis, Executive Director, Rural Maryland Council

Date/Time: Thursday, August 19, 2021; 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

View the brochure for the full schedule and details on sessions being offered at this year’s conference!

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