The City of Olympia Planning Commission is hosting a series of informational panel discussions on issues related to how our community will grow and develop over the next 20 years. Community members are invited to attend the third in this series, “Urban Greenspace,” on December 9, 2013, at Olympia City Hall, 601 4th AVE E in the City Council Chambers.
Olympia is expected to welcome over 20,000 new residents over the next two decades, and with that awareness comes a need to understand how we can create a denser community while maintaining and enhancing livability. Vital to livability are opportunities to experience the natural environment, so will denser development lead to fewer opportunities for residents to come into daily contact with nature?
A panel of four regional experts will discuss this question and the wide range of health and community benefits that result from integrating nature into the urban environment. With extensive professional experience in researching, designing, and managing greenspaces, the panel will also provide valuable insight in the following discussion areas:
• the environmental and psychological benefits of greenspace;
• the community stewardship benefits of greenspace;
• techniques for incorporating greenspace into urban environments; and
• how to be good stewards of greenspace for long-term benefits.