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an equitable community engagement
process. Successful engagement is
about who you are seeking input
from, where you are doing the outreach
and who is doing the asking.
There is an inherent connection
between a designer's or planner's
background, experiences and biases,
and their produced work. Black professionals,
Indigenous professionals
and other professionals from various
racial and ethnic backgrounds are
still vastly underrepresented in the
landscape architecture, planning and
design field, which can create challenges
for connecting and building
trust with diverse communities.
To ensure a project's design is reflective
of the needs and wants of
the community it will serve, planning
and design firms also should
partner with local organizations
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that are already deeply immersed
in the local community.
Meeting groups of different socioeconomic
and cultural backgrounds
where and how they are most comfortable
is vital to this process. We
have found a combination of both
in-person, facilitated interactions at
a variety of times to allow for different
work and childcare schedules,
alongside online engagement methodologies,
is important for securing
the broadest input.
Open lines of dialogue with communities
- particularly those that
have historically been left out of
conversations - often result in significant
changes to a park's design.
For example, in the South Service
Area of Minneapolis, the design
shifted away from clustered sports
diamonds in favor of multiuse
Classic TimberForm
Arches
fields, recognizing changing demographics
within certain neighborhoods
had led to stronger needs for
soccer and football facilities over the
systems' ubiquitous softball fields.
Keep Up the Good Work
Cities must continue building and
strengthening relationships with
underrepresented populations while
listening and responding to identified
needs throughout the planning,
design and implementation process.
By incorporating ongoing dialogue
and engagement as a key part of
the process, cities and parks systems
can ensure the creation of spaces
that serve everyone's needs.
Terry Minarik, PLA, ASLA, is Principal/Shareholder at
Confluence (tminarik@thinkconfluence.com). Brad
Aldrich, PLA, LEED AP BD+C, ASLA, is Associate
Principal at Confluence (baldrich@thinkconfluence.com).
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