Park leaders discussed the growing importance of public spaces in the pandemic and how technology helped them meet new challenges and opportunities.
Parks and public spaces are evolving to include more than the traditional outdoor offerings. As broadband becomes a larger part of everyday life, parks are incorporating technology into their larger operations to improve engagement with and connectivity to public facilities, programs, and services. Panelists discussed next-level technology and how parks can play a part in the broadband accessibility discussion.
The role that parks play in society is changing. Many parks departments are introducing new programs to attract the next generation of users, provide skills education for youth, and help ease fluctuations in demand. The traditional tree and bench image that first comes to mind no longer does justice to the volume of work modern parks departments now undertake. Modern parks departments and their role are so much larger than meets the eye.
- Jessica Ley, Parks & Recreation Director, Anne Arundel County
- Clint Sterling, Parks & Recreation Director, Somerset County
- Reggie Moore, Parks & Recreation Director, Baltimore City
- Chuck Montrie, Executive Director, MD Parks & Rec Assoc
Moderator: Josh Hastings, Councilperson, Wicomico County
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