How Legacy Can Maximize the Design Process


Washington Recreation & Park Association

Bellevue, WA


Debra Guenther

Date & Time:

04.13.2022 | 3:30 pm-4:45 pm

The idea of legacy can drive both the process and substance of a capital park design project. These legacies embody deep-meaning and deeply cherished experiences, from opening day through the life of the park. Considering a park’s legacy opens the process to many levels of meaning, inquiry, and participation. Diverse issues such as equity and inclusion, maintainability, multi-benefit opportunities, and agency/stakeholder collaboration all become an integral part of the park design process and its long-term success. The decision to fund and execute a major capital park project can seem like a daunting task, with competing funding priorities, public and political considerations, and increased awareness of the critical role that public park and recreation facilities play in the resilience of communities. Parks are expected to deliver multiple and diverse benefits, including equitable social infrastructure, safe spaces for political discourse, and green infrastructure stormwater management. How does a client find the right design partner, then receive a solution that addresses all these needs?

Join Mithun partner Debra Guenther and co-presenters John Payne, Principal, SiteWorks Landscape Architecture and Jeff Watling, Parks and Recreation Director, City of Issaquah for a discussion on How Legacy Can Maximize the Design Process“.


Date Posted: 04.12.2022