2020 has brought a myriad of challenges. A global pandemic. Shelter in place orders. Park restrictions. Social injustices. Civil Unrest. COVID-19 has quashed our daily practices and has caused us to adapt to a world completely different from the ones we knew 4 months ago. Now more than ever parks will need to amplify their reach to serve as healing spaces to transform a world hungry for peace, nature and well-being. Let’s discuss the important role parks will serve to help “heal the world.” And how we as park professionals can amplify our voices to highlight the tremendous benefits parks will and can serve to heal us out of the “Great Pause.”
Presenter: Anthony-Paul (AP) Diaz, Executive Office & Chief of Staff, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) – AP is responsible for helping to manage and oversee all day to day operations of the Department, including financial services, capital projects, special operations, recreation, maintenance, HR and risk reductions matters, governance and leadership matters while assisting in all governance, legal, support and policy matters related to City’s Park’s Commission, the City Council, the City Attorney’s Offices and the Mayor’s Offices and the LA Park Foundation.
Prior to assuming his current role, AP served as General Counsel for Recreation and Parks, helping guide the Department on many high profile and important endeavors, most notably the transformation, restoration and management model for the historic and iconic Greek Theatre.