Parks and Playgrounds in a Post COVID-19 World Panel: Registration Available Now

The new Community Gathering series, hosted by Kompan, creates a place for thought leaders, innovators and advocates to gather, share and learn. 

We are facing unprecedented challenges as a society as we navigate through the unknowns and complexities of the COVID-19 virus. In a world where social distancing is the new normal and more stringent cleaning practices are in place, what will our experiences with parks and playgrounds be? 

On Thursday, May 28, we will hear from three experts from across the country on what the regional responses to the virus have been, and what some of the potential future changes could be. We welcome Mike Shull, General Manager, City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Andy Howard, Hitchcock Design Group, and Charlie McCabe, Consultant and Former Director, City Park Excellence for the Trust for Public Land.

The conversation will take place via webinar on Thursday, May 28 at 12 PM CDT. Registration is free and open now: Community Gathering: Parks and Playgrounds in a Post Covid-19 World.  



Andy Howard

Design Principal

Hitchcock Design Group


 Throughout his career with Hitchcock Design Group, Andy’s creative vision and construction knowledge have played instrumental roles in a variety of projects ranging from early education outdoor classrooms to community parks and large-scale master plans. As co-chair of the Leave No Child Inside – Chicago Region initiative, he has presented sessions at regional and national conferences on the importance of educating children about nature. A graduate of Purdue University, Andy’s passion for connecting children with the natural environment has resulted in some of the Midwest’s most innovative nature-based play environments.


Charlie McCabe

Consultant and Former Director

City Park Excellence for the Trust for Public Land


Charlie has worked in the parks and conservation world full-time since 2005.  His positions have ranged from Executive Director, to heading up programming for an active urban park, running volunteer efforts, performing research, analysis and reporting on city parks (with a focus on the 100 largest U. S. cities) and engaging in restoration of native plant and tree communities in parks and open space in Boston, Austin and New York City.






Mike Shull

General Manager

City of L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks


Michael Shull began his career with the City of Los Angeles in 1990 with the City’s Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering where he worked for 14 years. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering. Mr. Shull then joined the City’s Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) in July 2005. In December 2013, Mike was appointed Interim General Manager General Manager for RAP and recently received his permanent appointment as General Manager in August 2014.


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