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Parks Forward Initiative
Public Workshops

May 29, 2014 (3:00-7:00 PM)
Embassy Suites
Sausalito Room
101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903
June 2, 2014 (3:00-7:00 PM)
Radisson USC
Ballroom Center 
3540 South Figueroa Street 
Los Angeles, CA 90007
June 5, 2014 (3:00-7:00 PM)
Capitol Plaza
Temple Hall, 3rd Floor 
1025 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

The public workshops will be webcast at:


  1. Learn about the Parks Forward Initiative (PFI)
  2. Provide public input and deepend the understanding around recommendations in the PFI Staff Draft Report (April 23, 2014) being considered by the Parks Forward Commission
    • Protect all natural and cultural resources
    • Improve access for all Californians
    • Promote healthy lifestyles and communities
    • Engage youth
    • Build an effective Department of Parks and Recreation
    • Create new organization to support Parks
    • Secure predictable, stable sources of public funding for local, regional, and State Parks
2:45 p.m.Arrivals
3:00 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
  • Welcome and  introductions
  •  Overview of workshop objectives,  agenda and  ground rules
  • Ken Wiseman, PFI Executive Director
  • Facilitator
3:15 p.m. Update on Parks Forward Initiative
  •  Clarifying questions
  • Ken Wiseman, PFI Executive Director
  • Facilitator
3:30 p.m. Gallery Walk Activity -- Provide Input on Draft PFI Recommendations
  •  Introduction to activity
  • Provide written input on Staff Working Draft recommendations
  • Public input on Theme 1
  • Facilitator
  • All
4:00 p.m. Public Comment Session 1
  • All
5:15 p.m.Break 
5:30 p.m. Public Comment Session 2
  • All
6:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
  • Ken Wiseman, PFI Executive Director
7:00 p.m.Adjourn

Proposed Questions to Guide Public Input

The Parks Forward Commission invites workshop participants to evaluate the PFI Staff Working Draft (April 23, 2014) recommendations and associated action items by considering the following:

  • Strengths/pros
  • Weaknesses/cons
  • Suggested improvements
  • Additional recommendations or action items

During your evaluation, please also consider:

  • The likely effectiveness of the proposed recommendadion in addressing the challenge (i.e., likelihood of success).
  • The likely effectiveness of the proposed action items in addressing the recommendations (i.e., implementability of the recommendation).