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Olmsted 200 Webinar: Conversations with Olmsted: Parks, Equity, and Public Health

Olmsted 200 invites you to join the third webinar in our Conversations with Olmsted series. In this series, we explore different aspects of Olmsted’s far-reaching influence on America’s physical landscape and social fabric. This installment is co-hosted with one of our founding partners— American Public Health Association.

Olmsted believed parks function as “lungs of the city,” offering spaces that foster physical and mental health. He was an early member of the American Public Health Association and understood humans’ need for access to nature and the critical connection between a thoughtful built environment and social, health, and ecological well-being.

During the pandemic, we’ve seen that parks served as critical health infrastructure. Yet recent data from the Trust for Public Land found that many, including low-income communities and communities of color, face serious barriers when it comes equal access.

This panel will explore the role parks, and nature can play in achieving health equity and what can be done to equalize resources and ensure safe and equitable access to parks and green space for all communities. The panel discussion will be moderated by Mitchell Silver, an award-winning planner with over 35 years of experience. He is a current principal at McAdams and the former parks commissioner for the New York Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks and Recreation).

Join the webinar on September 21 at 3p EST. Register here.