New Webinar: Walkable Transformations: Healthy, Active, and Engaged Communities (June 21, 2018)


Webinar Title: Walkable Transformations: Healthy, Active, and Engaged Communities

Webinar Date/Time: June 21, 2018 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific


About the Webinar

At America Walks, we believe that every community has the potential to be one where walking and physical activity are available to all members. We will highlight three communities who have undergone transformations to create spaces that put people first. Hear from speakers who have done the hard work to create healthy, active, and engaging places and be inspired to do it for your own communities.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Learn first-hand from three communities the resources, tools, and creativity used to create people-first places
  • Hear how communities are addressing obstacles and resistance to walkability
  • Explore ways to encourage walking and support walkability in communities across the US
About the Panelists

Dabney Sanders currently works as the Project Manager for the Downtown Greenway – a collaborative project of Action Greensboro and the City of Greensboro. Action Greensboro is a nonprofit organization of foundations dedicated to projects that enhance business recruitment efforts and community vitality in Greensboro.  As project manager of the Downtown Greenway, Dabney oversees & coordinates all activities related to the creation of the $34M, 4 mile loop including design, fundraising, construction, and communications.

Dabney grew up in Rhode Island and came south to attend Sewanee: The University of the South. She graduated with a major in Natural Resources (Forestry & Geology) and a minor in Botany in 1987. After living in Charlotte and working at Wing Haven – a public garden and bird sanctuary, she moved to Greensboro in the Fall of 1999 with her husband, Walker, when he joined the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro as it’s President.

In addition to her work, Dabney is involved in a number of volunteer activities. Currently, Dabney serves as the Chair of the Triad Stage Board of Trustees. In addition, she serves on the board of the Eastern Music Festival, the Public Art Advisory Committee for the Piedmont Triad International Airport, the Public Art Endowment Steering Committee at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, The Olio, an educational Glassblowing Studio focused on Entrepreneurship in Winston-Salem, and Greensboro Bound, a literary festival coming to Greensboro in May 2018. She is a former member of the Weatherspoon Art Museum Association Board and is a former member and President of the Board of Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art.

Dabney enjoys Greensboro and lives happily in Fisher Park with her husband Walker, their dogs Hudson and Scout, and their chickens Flora, Betty, and Violet.

Stacie West is the Director of Parks Projects at the NoMa Parks Foundation, an affiliate of the NoMa Business Improvement District (BID). The NoMa BID was created by the Council of the District of Columbia and Mayor in March 2007. West was formerly a community planner and a Capital City Fellow with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, where she led development of the comprehensive Play DC Parks and Recreation Master Plan and orchestrated an improvement initiative to renovate all city-owned playgrounds. She managed over a dozen capital projects and was involved in all aspects of the projects, including design charrettes and construction management. Ms. West also previously worked for the District Department of the Environment creating a public outreach strategy for the 20-year Sustainable DC plan. Prior to her work at DDOE, she worked with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, focusing on community impacts related to cycling, pedestrian and transportation projects. Ms. West has a Masters of Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Al Wilson is the Founder and Executive Director of Beyond Walls, a creative placemaking agency based in Lynn, Massachusetts whose mission is to activate public space to strengthen communities. In 2016, Al and a robust volunteer committee launched a grass-roots effort to implement four inaugural large scale public art installations in downtown Lynn, a post-industrial city located just 10 miles north of Boston. Inspired by projects in Brooklyn, New York; Philadelphia, PA; Kings Cross, London; and Wynwood, Miami, Al recognized Lynn’s rich history, distinctive architecture, and burgeoning arts and cultural district as the perfect landscape in which to test the creative economy. In response to community input, which highlighted the need for increased walkability and more public art, Beyond Walls facilitated a Mural Festival with internationally renowned artists, implemented dynamic LED Lighting under three dark underpasses, installed 12 vintage neon artworks on dimly lit street corners, and created a sculpture paying homage to the city’s industrial past. Inaugural projects attracted significant media attention. The 2017 Mural Festival alone garnered in excess of 75 positive news stories celebrating both Beyond Walls and the city, made 4.5 million impressions on social media, and boasted 5,000 visitors. A post festival study and survey found local business owners citing increased foot traffic in their establishments and residents returning to the downtown area, deeming it a safer environment to buy a coffee, go on a date, and generally work, shop, and play. Al now leads a team of four who have backgrounds in city planning, arts administration, and fundraising. Building on the Beyond Walls model, Al and his team will continue to better the public realm and increase safety and economic vitality through the implementation of major art installations and programming that reflect the interests and cultural make up of communities served.