Luncheon & conference activities
Friday, October 15
VIRTUAL from 12noon-2pm
Blair Kamin: Park Wars: A critic reflects on 28 years of covering Chicago open space battles and what the parks of the past and present mean for the parks of tomorrow
Tickets are $75.00 for the October 15 Keynote Luncheon Presentation.
UPDATE: If you missed the LIVE keynote lecture, you can still purchase a ticket to receive the recording of Blair Kamin's keynote lecture. Click the button below to complete the transaction.
Saturday, October 16
Pre-recorded Premier at 12noon
In-person Awards Reception/Luncheon at Douglass Park from 2pm-4pm
Inspiration for Reimagination: the Douglass18 Team and other VIPs
(2021 FOTP Volunteers-in-Parks
This year we are “reimagining” our conference as a hybrid event in light of on-going pandemic conditions and encourage all who purchase a $75 ticket for Friday’s lecture to also join us IN-PERSON on Saturday alongside awardees for FREE mini-golf and lunch provided by food trucks
Sunday, October 17
In-person at the Eleanor Boat House from 11am-7pm
Reimagining our Relationship with the River: A Collaboration with the Backward River Festival’s Reclaiming the Chicago River Event at the Eleanor Boat House
Head on over to the Eleanor Boathouse on Sunday for a day of “Outdoor Music, Arts, Activism and Knowledge Sharing to Uplift Environmental Justice Advocates, Artists and Residents in the Communities Surrounding the South Branch and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal”
Parks as democracy?
Thursday, october 28
Virtual conversation, 6PM-8PM
Reimagining the Ways We Engage Power for Park Advocacy: A Collaborative Workshop with Chicago United for Equity's People's Policy School
Between neighborhoods and wards, agencies and sister agencies, Local School Councils and Park Advisory Councils, Alderpeople and the Mayor - the map of who makes decisions impacting the lives of Chicagoans is complex. That's not even including County, State, or Federal levels of decision-making.
Join the People's Policy School to explore the multiple layers of power and decision-makers that craft the policies our comunities face daily.
friday, october 29
Virtual conversation, 12pm-2pm
Reimagining DuSable Park: A Design Studio Led by IIT Students to Inform an Updated Park Framework Plan
In the spirit of the this year's conference theme, "Reimagine,” graduate students in the Landscape Architecture + Urbanism program at Illinois Institute of Technology convene a discussion to look back at the 2006 Framework Plan in the context of recent political and environmental contexts as a way to "Reimagine" DuSable Park. The workshop will include a short presentation of the student's design scenarios in progress as a prompt for an open discussion on the design of DuSable Park.
Tuesday, november 2
In-person Ceremony at Steelworkers Park, 4pm-6pm
Reimagining this World as We Reflect Our Ancestors in Another: A Day of the Dead Celebration Honoring Slain Urban Agriculture Leader and Former FOTP Staffer Johnnie Owens
friday, november 12
Virtual Conversation on Zoom, 12noon-2pm
Reimagining our Relationship with the Lakefront: What’s it to you? A Collaborative Conversation Kick-Off with Preservation Chicago
Chicago’s lakefront parks were intended to be forever open, clear, and free. Are they open for everyone? Is private encroachment violating the sanctity of these public spaces? What is the value in standing together along the length of Chicago’s Lakefront to defend our spaces from a public safety perspective, climate change, historic preservation, recreational access, and community first perspective? How do we get “Community First” thinking to the lakefront planning and organizing?
saturday, november 13
Virtual Panel Discussion, 12pm-1pm
Reimagining FOTP's Last 4 Miles Initiative in Current Context - a panel in the Deep Dive: Great Lakes series in collaboration with the Chicago Humanities Festival and the UIC Freshwater Lab
Can we adapt infrastructure to withstand the effects of climate change? Where do we begin? Who has already started to build the infrastructure of the future? Communities that live next to rapidly warming and fluctuating bodies of water like Lake Michigan understand firsthand the urgency of these questions. What do they advise? Panelists will explore art and policy-driven imaginaries for how to transform our rapidly deteriorating infrastructures into sustainable, integrated environments.