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As in prior years, the 2013 Conference Committee offers attendees several tour options in which to participate and learn about the local significance of St. Petersburg landscape architecture sites.  Each of these tours are eligible for CEUs.
 
St. Petersburg's Waterfront Parks: Balancing Preservation and Progress - 2.0 CEC pending
 

 
Date:  Friday July 19, 2013
Time: 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Price: $35

St. Petersburg’s waterfront parks constitute the third largest waterfront park complex in North America, after Chicago and Vancouver, BC, incorporating diverse cultural and recreational facilities and a variety of ecological interfaces with the bays, bayous, and lakes of the city. The parks are used all year for a dizzying roster of festivals, art shows, parades, extreme sports competitions, large-scale concerts, an internationally renowned triathlon, and a Grand Prix auto race through the city streets.  Many events require elaborate temporary architecture--installations requiring an experienced special events crew to mount and dismount.  The Parks and Recreation Department balances capital improvements and ecological enhancements with historic preservation efforts, while continuously updating facilities. 

 

Please Join Constance Price, MLA, Associate ASLA, your bus tour guide as we explore this stellar park system with speakers Steve Ochsner, ASLA, Senior Capital Projects Coordinator with the City of St. Petersburg, Alexis Shuder, Public Information Specialist with the City, and Kai Warren of St. Petersburg Preservation.

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The Tampa Riverwalk - A Tour of the Downtown Waterfront Projects - 4.0 CEC pending
 


Date: Thursday July 18, 2013
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Price: $35

The Tampa Riverwalk is a pedestrian and bicycle corridor that serves as a transportation alternative and provides opportunities for recreation along the downtown waterfront. It meanders along the Hillsborough River through urban parks, past cultural attractions, offices, hotels and under vehicular bridges. It features environmental enhancements, historical and ecological interpretive program elements, a wayfinding system and public art. The Tampa Riverwalk is a cornerstone in the City’s vision for downtown development. It has helped spur redevelopment with new residential high-rise condominiums, waterfront parks, museums, offices and retail in downtown. Course participants will learn how the City of Tampa has developed a master plan for the Riverwalk and its role in downtown development. Participants will also learn how "Art, Science, Ecology and Economy” are incorporated into the overall vision for the Riverwalk and its connected chain of urban parks. The course will include an interactive presentations with questions and discussion throughout the river taxi and walking tour.
 

The course will be led by David Crawley, PLA, ASLA, Director of Landscape Architecture, URS Florida Operations and include speakers from the City of Tampa, including Riverwalk Development, Parks Planning and Design, Public Art Program and the Administrator of Economic Opportunity. The course also includes presentations by two local Landscape Architecture consultants and the Director of Place Making for the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

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Historic Sunken Garden Tour - 2.0 CEC Pending
 

 
Date:  Friday July 19, 2013
Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Price: $35
 
A historic landmark in St. Petersburg, this former "roadside attraction” is now owned and operated by the City of St. Petersburg as a botanical garden. Developed by the Turner family over six decades and three generations, "Beautiful Sunken Gardens” was one of the earliest and most successful of the nature-themed attractions once common in Florida, and is one of very few that remains intact today. Like many of them it is a uniquely personal creation, filled with exuberant plantings, hand-built water features, two historic buildings and a number of whimsical site structures.
 

Learn from David Sacks, PLA, ASLA about the master planning process to renovate the facility and the inner workings of the garden with William O'Grady, Garden Curator during this interactive walking tour.


Palmetto Green Street, Bradenton Riverwalk and USF St. Petersburg Campus Student Life Building Low Impact Development Projects - 3.0 CEC Pending
 

 
Date:  Thursday July 18, 2013
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Price: $35
 
Organized by the FLASLA’s Committee on Sustainable Environments (CoSE), this tour will take you to three recent projects showcasing low impact development (LID) stormwater management techniques and sustainable site design.  The first stop is the City of Palmetto’s recently constructed Green Street project – a first for a downtown redevelopment area in Florida, the second is the City of Bradenton’s Riverwalk on the Manatee River with a created wetland/marsh from grass retention areas and a native /adapted Florida-friendly landscape palette, and the third is University of South Florida Student Building on the downtown St. Petersburg campus where roof rainwater is directed to rain gardens surrounding the first floor of the building.
 

You will meet and hear about each project from the principal designers: Tom Levin, PLA, ASLA of Ekistics Design Studio, Bill Waddill, PLA, ASLA of Kimley Horn & Associates. and David Conner, PLA, ASLA of David Conner & Associates. Chris Lathrop, PLA, ASLA of Dix Lathrop Associates and Co-Chair of CoSE, will host the tour.

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