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Healthy Communities, Parks & Splashpads

Recently, the World Health Organization underscored the importance of community parks as they relate to family health. Acknowledging an increase in obesity and chronic diseases, the WHO stressed the significant impact of the environment on a child's overall well-being.

Are today's public parks up to the challenge? As demographics, inclusiveness and health concerns evolve, recreational facilities must step up their game to keep communities engaged and active.

This webinar will explore effective community infrastructure through the lens of aquatic play. We'll discover how Splashpads increase park usage, promote inclusion and build social capital that helps communities grow and flourish.

In this presentation, attendees will learn about:

  • The factors that contribute to a park's attractiveness and usage.
  • Accessibility, universal design and inclusive design approaches to Splashpad design.
  • How to apply an inclusive framework to Splashpad design.
  • How Splashpads build social capital and contribute to the welfare of communities.

This course is approved by LA CES and AIA. It qualifies for 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) or Learning Units (LU) and covers subjects related to Health, Safety and Welfare.

To qualify for continuing education credits, be sure to fill in all fields in the registration form, and the questionnaire following the presentation.

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Sarah Shepherd
Sarah Shepherd
Regional Sales Manager — Southeast USA
Vortex Aquatic Structures International

With 16+ years of water play experience at Vortex, Sarah started as an inside sales representative, and moved to North Carolina in 2014 to develop the Southeast area as the Regional Sales Manager. Sarah works closely with landscape architects, architects, aquatic designers and Park & Recreation officials, developing an understanding of their specific community and business needs, and then creating a design and execution plan to make their aquatic play projects a reality. She is often called upon to present topics such as PLAY, "Splashpad® 101", Sustainable Design, and Refurbishment. Sarah has been part of the team for many notable projects (several of which have won awards), including Blue Heron Bay (Independence Lake, Mich.), Regner Park (West Bend, Wis.), Give Kids the World Village, Westgate Town Center Resort & Spa, Holiday Inn Club Vacations South Beach Resort (all in Florida) and Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort (Tennessee). Sarah lives in Winston-Salem and enjoys travel, mountain biking and cooking.