Renewing San Antonio’s Brackenridge Park Summit – Panel 2: Mia Lehrer

TCLF’s sold-out Leading with Landscape III: Renewing San Antonio’s Brackenridge Park summit, held on March 3, 2017, at The Stable at Pearl, featured nationally prominent practitioners and other leaders who explored options for the park’s future and initiated and inspired broad community-based participation. Convened in concert with the Brackenridge Park Conservancy (BPC) it drew attention to local, regional, and national project work that are exemplars of planning and design, while striking a balance for a landscape’s complex natural, historic, cultural, and ecological systems. To learn more about the conference:

Panelist – Panel 2: What San Antonio’s Brackenridge Park Can Learn from Other Cities

Mia Lehrer, FASLA, Founder + President, Mia Lehrer + Associates
Master Planning a Vision, Implementation, and Management Strategy: Lessons from Los Angeles

It has been ten years since the City of Los Angeles partnered with Friends of the Los Angeles River and dozens of stakeholder groups to publish the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan. The plan, itself a culmination of years of thought and collaboration, established a framework for the planning, development, and management of projects along the 32-mile stretch of river in the City of Los Angeles. The effort engaged hundreds of community members, stakeholders, non-profits, and federal, state, county, and city agency representatives to come up with a tangible blueprint for the future. In twenty years, the Los Angeles River went from being a forgotten gutter behind the City’s all but abandoned industries to the forefront of a national discussion related to enhancing community health, improving ecological function, and sparking economic revitalization.

This presentation will share lessons learned through the master planning process to develop a shared vision for the river and ten years of subsequent bureaucratic and policy shifts, planning and project developments, and river restoration and management strategies. We will present the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan and several of the projects that were influenced by the Plan, including the Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study, Northeast LA Placemaking Plan, Confluence Plaza, the Los Angeles Zoo parking lot, and miles of riverfront bicycle trails.


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