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Growing In Place Symposium

Friday’s Growing In Place Symposium was about how cities could be designed for not only adults but kids as well. There were many discussions which focused on city parks – a topic near and dear to my heart as a Parks board member. The takeaway is that playgrounds should not engineer all the fun out in an effort to eliminate all risk. There were also some cities mentioned which do a good job of making themselves kid-friendly. I loved seeing these approaches.

I spent quite a bit of time chatting with the speakers after their talks, picking their brains about these ideas and collecting their presentation slides when I could. I also tried to make note of all the books mentioned so that I could become more informed.

It was a long day in one room but I appreciated all the new ideas I discovered. Hopefully I can help put them to use here in Raleigh.