From pocket parks to global solutions

More than 200 community leaders participated in the 2017 Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership at the University of Indianapolis March 3. This year’s symposium brought local and national visionaries together to discuss how greenspaces contribute to a vibrant urban life. 

Panel moderated by Linda Broadfoot, Indy Parks Director, talks about "5 Big Ideas that Transformed Indianapolis" during the The Richard H. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership was held at the UIndy Schwitzer Center on March 3, 2017. This year's theme: Building Vibrant Cities Through Greenspaces and Parks, presented by the University of Indianapolis' Institute for Civic Leadership and Mayoral Archives in partnership with Indiana Humanities, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Indy Parks. (Photo by D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

Panel moderated by Linda Broadfoot, Indy Parks Director, talks about “5 Big Ideas that Transformed Indianapolis.” (Photo by D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

Event organizers included University of Indianapolis Professor Ted Frantz, who is also director of the Institute of Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives, in partnership with Indy Parks, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Indiana Humanities. The symposium acknowledged Indianapolis’ long history of greenspace planning and environmental stewardship, from architect George Kessler’s original 1908 plan to Mayor Bill Hudnut’s efforts in the 1970s and 80s to “green” the City of Indianapolis.

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