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2014 Park Pride Parks and Greenspace Conference

2014 Park Pride Parks and Greenspace Conference
Presenters are Gus Heard-Hughes, Wendy Jackson, Dr. Mark Wilson

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  • 1. Freshwater Land Trust’s Cahaba Shoals Preserve Our mission is the acquisition and stewardship of lands that enhance water quality and preserve open space.
  • 2. • Own and manage over 5,000 acres • With our partners, we have helped protect over 10,000 acres • Build partnerships with public and private stakeholders • Facilitate projects that benefit landowners, businesses, and communities What we do:
  • 3. Olmsted Park Plan for Birmingham Circa 1924
  • 4. George Ward Park Avondale Park Rushton Park
  • 5. Railroad Park Patton ParkGreenwood Park
  • 6. 1996
  • 7. 1996 + FWLT Acquisitions
  • 8. 1996 + FWLT Acquisitions + Partnership Projects
  • 9. Clear Skies, Clean Rivers, and Protected Wildlife • Greenways and open spaces help protect the essential functions performed by natural ecosystems. They can prevent fragmentation of wildlife habitat and provide opportunities for protecting plant and animal species. • Trails and greenways reduce air pollution by providing alternatives to the automobile travel and by protecting large areas of plants that create oxygen and filter air pollutants. • Greenways improve water quality by creating a natural buffer zone that protects streams, rivers and lakes, preventing soil erosion and filtering non- point source pollution.
  • 10. Click to edit Master title style • Click to edit Master text styles o Second level • Third level o Fourth level » Fifth level
  • 11. • Existing Parks • Existing Greenways Laying the Foundation
  • 12. • Existing Parks • Existing Greenways • 1st Ave. South • CSX Line • Five Mile Creek Greenway Laying the Foundation
  • 13. • Existing Parks • Existing Greenways • 1st Ave. South • CSX Line • Five Mile Creek Greenway • Potential Regional Connections Laying the Foundation Potential Regional Connections from Regional Visionary Network, LRTP, FLT and GMC
  • 14. Laying the Foundation
  • 15. • 45 Stakeholder meetings • Engaged elected officials, planning departments and the general public • 3,000 citizens participated • Incorporated existing greenway plans • Assessed all proposed routes for feasibility, looking at existing infrastructure and alternatives • Prioritized routes based upon need, cost, and existing community support • THE GOAL: Create a true master plan that gives municipalities what they need to secure funding and implement trail projects in their community PLANNING PROCESS
  • 16. Stakeholder input is the key to good planning…
  • 17. Public Unveiling
  • 18. 1. Trails and Connections 2. Design Guidelines 3. Cost Estimates 4. Phasing and Implementation
  • 19. • 750 miles  250 miles of off-street greenways  500 miles of complete streets • $300 million estimated cost • 5 Years / 50 Miles
  • 20. EAST THOMAS PARK TRAIL
  • 21. EAST THOMAS PARK TRAIL
  • 22. HIGH ORE LINE RAIL-TRAIL
  • 23. HIGH ORE LINE RAIL-TRAIL
  • 24. CROSS TO SLOSS TRAIL
  • 25. CROSS TO SLOSS TRAIL
  • 26. CROSS TO SLOSS TRAIL
  • 27. ROTARY TRAIL Existing Proposed
  • 28. Mark E. Wilson, MD, Health Officer
  • 29. The Obesity Epidemic Jefferson County , AL (Birmingham): - 66% of Adults Overweight of Obese - 22% of 3rd Graders Overweight of Obese - 31% of Adults reported NO physical activity in the last 30 days
  • 30. Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships NACCHO (National Association of County and City Health Officials)
  • 31. Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships, 2006
  • 32. Health Action Partnership
  • 33. CDC, 2010: • Obesity • Tobacco
  • 34. Health Action Partnership Overview: Function • Develop and review annually an Action Agenda to advance the mission of the HAP and address critical community health needs; • Support collaborative action locally and statewide to advance the agenda through well- supported, action-oriented participating Priority Groups; • Educate and build public support in the broader community through effective communication and education efforts; • Grow the capacity of Health Action Partners through opportunities for learning, sharing of effective policies/practices, and access to available funding, and • Leverage the HAP to carry out strategies that promote community health and wellbeing.
  • 35. Health Action Partnership : Structure LEADERSHIP TEAM PRIORITY GROUPS HEALTH ACTION MEMBERS With SUPPORT from ANCHOR ORGANIZATIONS: Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Jefferson County Department of Health United Way of Central Alabama
  • 36. Freshwater Land Trust Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham United Way of Central Alabama Jefferson County Department of Health Birmingham Business Alliance Alabama Department of Health Bessemer City Board of Education Mayor of Birmingham Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham Leadership Team YMCA Norwood Resource Center UAB School of Public Health Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Lakeshore Foundation UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center Birmingham Public Library Holy Family Cristo Rey High School
  • 37. Health Action Partnership Priority Groups • Healthy Food Choices • Healthy Children & Youth • Tobacco-Free Living • Livable Communities
  • 38. FOUNDED: 1959 SERVICE AREA: Jefferson, Blount, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker Counties RANKED: Top 100 in field of 700 community foundations MISSION: We drive positive change through grantmaking, convening and leading, as we leverage donor giving to meet community needs forever.
  • 39. Children Are Successful Along The Education Pipeline Increase high quality early learning opportunities for birth to eight-year- oldssIncrease high school graduation rates People Can Lead Healthy Lives Improve nutrition/healthy food access and increase opportunities for physical activitysImprove access to care for vulnerable populations Communities Are Sustainable, Livable And Vibrant Expand and improve public green spacesFurther develop vibrant city center for BirminghamsImprove the natural environmentsExpand access to arts and cultural opportunities Individuals And Families Are Economically Secure Improve housing stabilitysIncrease direct services that positively impact low income individuals and familiessIncrease public policy changes and direct services that positively impact low income individuals and families Cycle 1 Grants Cycle 2 Grants
  • 40. LYRIC THEATRE RESTORATION
  • 41. FOUR SPIRITS MEMORIAL
  • 42. 18TH STREET LIGHTRAILS
  • 43. MONTEVALLO ECO TRAIL
  • 44. RAILROAD PARK
  • 45. RUFFNER MOUNTAIN NATURE PRESERVE
  • 46. RED MOUNTAIN PARK