416 – Re-Inventing Recreation Spaces and Programming in a Post-COVID World
Andy Howard, Principal, Hitchcock Design Group; Joseph Brusseau, Principal, Hitchcock Design Group; Benjamin Rea, Director of Parks and Planning, Arlington Heights Park District; Jeannette Huber, Director of Parks and Recreation, Alsip Park District
Recreation activity patterns and trends are changing and evolving due to COVID‐19. Recreation providers are adapting and exploring new ways to re‐purpose existing parks and design new parks and linear open spaces that address safety concerns, increased demands, and changing use patterns.
Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to:
- Discuss and learn strategies on how to re‐imagine park spaces and programming including topics such as outdoor fitness, athletics, passive recreation, and multi‐generational play.
- Understand innovative design solutions and effective ways to promote and provide social distancing activities in their parks (in accordance with new standards after COVID-19.