Building Facilities and Programs that Reflect the Values of Inclusiveness and Diversity

10/29/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

Track: Planning, Design and Maintenance

Recreation providers in enlightened communities understand their programs must reflect the diversity of their citizenry for maximum success. But have you thought about whether your facilities, along with your recreation programs and events, meet today's expectations for inclusive design? Upon completion of this session, participants will be equipped with new ideas and a comprehensive understanding of ways to improve your community's inclusivity score.

Learning Outcomes:

Discuss the history of inclusiveness and diversity in parks and recreation. Identify the categories of diversity when designing facilities and programming recreation activities.

Evaluate opportunities in the design process to positively impact diversity and inclusiveness in facility design and construction.

Discuss numerous programming opportunities to meet community needs for celebrating diversity and encouraging inclusiveness.


Jim Browne

Director of Recreation Planning, Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects (current) Cities of Fort Worth, North Richland Hills, Rowlett and Sugar Land, Texas (retired)

Jim Browne is a former president of Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS), and has served as chairman of that National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Rocky Mountain Revenue and Management School. His agencies have received Gold Medal Awards for Administrative and Management Excellence from both TRAPS and NRPA. Browne has spoken at numerous NRPA, TRAPS, International City/County Management Association, Texas Municipal League and Athletic Business conferences during the past four decades.


Stephen Springs

Senior Principal, Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects

During his tenure with Brinkley Sargent Wiginton, Stephen Springs has evolved from intern architect to senior principal and the firm’s leader in the planning and design of quality-of-life projects, such as recreation, aquatic and active adult facilities. He has led the development of numerous award-winning projects, which has led to opportunities to serve as a judge for Athletic Business’ Facility of Merit award (2014) and Recreation Management’s Innovative Architecture Award (2007). Springs is a frequent contributing author to industry periodicals on the subject of designing recreation projects.

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