Parks & Outdoor Spaces Workshop


Miami Dade’s older adult population is growing like never before, and the quality of life of older adults is greatly affected by local policies, programs and neighborhood environments. The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative is focused on helping local governments, sector leaders, and advocates improve our community, so that it supports a high quality of life for all ages and abilities. The Parks & Outdoor Spaces Workshop took place on September 7, 2016 and focused onprovide tools and information to assist leaders in identifying and implementing age-friendly strategies at the local level.Please use the links below to access the proceedings from theworkshop.


Time Session Details & Speakers
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Registration, Networking,& Lunch

Join us for lunch and networking as you check-in to the workshop.

12:30 pm – 12:45pm

Welcome & Introduction

Kick off the workshop with a welcome and overview of the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative and what it means to be age-friendly.

Steve Marcus, President & CEO, Health Foundation of South Florida

About the Age-Friendly Initiative
Isabel Rovira, Coordinator,Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative

Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative – Why We are Here (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)

12:45 pm – 1:05 pm

Need for Age-Friendly Parks & Outdoor Spaces

Framing the conversation and the need at a national and local level, speaker will provide an overview on the need for accessibility of the built environment, Neighborhood Greenness in relation to Chronic Disease, and Age-Friendly Parks.

Joanna Lombard, Professor, School of Architecture, Miller School of Medicine,University of Miami

Accessibility of the Built Environment & Neighborhood Greenness/Chronic Disease (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)

1:05 pm – 1:45 pm

Age-Friendly Park Components

Presenters will discuss the components of an age-friendly parks and open-spaces including:Park Infrastructure,Access & Equity, andParks Programming & Opportunities for Healthy Aging.In addition, current resources and programs will be discussed.

Age-Inspired Thinking: Planning for All Ages: Age-Friendly Planning for a County Park System (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)

Alissa Turtletaub,SeniorPlanner, Planning and Design Excellence, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces

Parks Programming & Opportunities for Healthy Aging (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)

Allan Tavss,Coordinator, Active Older Adults Program, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces

Key Programming Contacts:

Baptist Health Programming Contact
Cristie Garcia,Exercise Coordinator,Community Health
Phone: 786-467-5638

Silver Sneakers Contact
Aimee Rios,Healthways Silver Sneakers Flex
Phone: 480-625-9165

Programming in Parks – Joint Use Agreements(Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)

Sample MOU/Joint-Use Agreement – (Click here to Download)

Maria Scotto,Healthy Aging Program Director, Alliance for Aging

Programming in Other Public Spaces: Libraries(Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)

Carmen Centeo,Library Services Specialist, Miami-Dade County Library System

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Age-Friendly Parks Cohort

Researchers from Florida International University will present on an opportunity to collaborate as a cohort to track changes and improvements in health related to age-friendly changes in Parks.(Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)

Anamarie Garces, Executive Director,Urban HealthPartnerships

Edgar Viera,Assistant Professor & Graduate Program Director, Department of Physical Therapy, Florida International University
Paulo Chaves,Associate Professor, Dept of Medicine; Director, Benjamin Leon, Jr. Family Center for Geriatric Research, Florida International University

To join the Age-Friendly Parks Work Group to further discuss this topic, click here.

2:00 pm – 2:25 pm

Breakout Discussion

Age-Friendly Parks Discussion – Identifying opportunities and barriers to implementation across the County.Topic of discussion: How can we increase the number of parks that meet “Age-Friendly Park” facility standards as well as parks programming in our municipalities?Introduction

Anamarie Garces, Executive Director,Urban HealthPartnerships

South Florida Parks Coalition
The Parks Coalition came about several years ago as a result of the Open Space Master Plan and is largely composed of municipal park directors, state and national park managers and select county park department staff. They meetquarterly. The purpose of the meetings is to advance the agenda of the Open Space Master Plan; to build a seamless, sustainable park system through communication and partnership projects. Park Directors can contact Eric Hansen formore information or details on future meetings:

Eric Hansen,Manager,Recreation Planning and Program Development
Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department,Planning and Research Division
Office: 305-755-7964 / 305-755-5460

2:25 pm – 2:30 pm

Wrap up, Next Steps & Closing

The workshop will conclude with a discussion on next steps. Will you pledge to make your outdoor spaces more age-friendly?

Isabel Rovira,Coordinator, Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative


Lead Agencies

Our partners include the following lead agencies: AARP Florida, Alliance for Aging, Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, Health Foundation of South Florida, Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization, United Way of Miami-Dade, and Urban Health Partnerships.

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