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ULI Event: The Power of Parks


Parks and open spaces are essential elements of thriving communities. So how can planners, developers, and public entities make these spaces a priority and move our mindset from just amenity to infrastructure? At our September Breakfast Series program, you’ll hear perspectives from Lori Hazlett, President of the Indianapolis Parks Foundation; Ryan Cambridge, PLA, Planning Practice Leader at Browning Day; and Juan Carlos Bermudez, Mayor of City of Doral, Fla., as they discuss efforts to leverage the many benefits of parks that far extend beyond play.

In addition, we’ll hear from Violeta Duncan, a Senior Associate at ULI from Washington D.C., who will describe the 10 Minute Walk Campaign and how more communities can get involved.


7:30am – 8:00am – Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:00am – 9:00 am – Presentations and Q & A

Juan Carlos “JC” Bermudez
City of Doral, Florida
As the founding Mayor of the City of Doral, Mayor Bermudez served in that capacity for the first 9 1/2 years of the city’s existence and was re-elected as Mayor of Doral in 2016. During his terms, the new city’s infrastructure was created, including the creation of the city’s award-winning Finance and Parks departments. Under his leadership, the city added over 121 acres of playgrounds, ballfields and recreational facilities while purchasing, through grants and funds, an additional 45 acres of parkland. Doral has been named a “Playful City USA”–one the cities with the best park systems in the country–as well as the fastest growing city in Florida and 11th in the country.

Ryan Cambridge, PLA
Planning Practice Leader
Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf
A practicing Professional Landscape Architect and self-professed “parks geek,” Ryan serves as the Planning Practice Leader at Browning Day; a multi-disciplinary planning and design firm in Indianapolis. Since 2008, Ryan has helped lead the development of more than 15 parks system planning efforts for municipal governments across the United States, representing nearly $1 billion in future “public realm” investment.  A passionate advocate for parks, Ryan has donated time and effort to serve on the Indiana Park and Recreation Association Board of Directors, the Advisory Board for ULI Indiana, and the Advocacy Committee of the Indianapolis Parks Foundation.

Lori Hazlett
Indianapolis Parks Foundation
Lori Hazlett is President of the Indianapolis Parks Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that identifies and manages resources for parks and public spaces that improve quality of life, connect people to places, and build community. The Parks Foundation, a partner of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, is committed to changing expectations for Indy’s parks by focusing resources in strategic areas. Under Lori’s leadership, the Parks Foundation has secured more than $20 million to support Indy Parks’ capital and programming needs. Her passion and dedication for improving quality of place in Indianapolis allows her to effectively lead a staff of seven and a 15-member board to meet the financial goals for the organization while building collaborative partnerships. Lori has more than 26 years of experience in nonprofit administration and development.

Violeta Duncan
Senior Associate, Content
Urban Land Institute (Washington, D.C.)

Violeta Duncan contributes to the ULI 10-Minute Walk Campaign. Violeta earned her M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University and her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. Through her roles at Enterprise Community Partners (Denver) and The Democracy Collaborative (DC & Cleveland), she has developed a specialization in community economic development and socially responsible investing and grant-making. She enjoys performance art, appreciates different conceptions of property rights and responsibilities, and always remains curious.

Event will be submitted for AIA and AICP Continuing Education credits and can be self-submitted for LAC ES credits. 

Earlier Event: September 26
Exhibit Columbus - Columbus, IN
Later Event: October 19
ASLA Annual Meeting –Philadelphia, PA