Seminar: Your Front Yard May Be Park Land

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Seminar: Your Front Yard May Be Park Land
March 1, 2013 12:00 pm
March 1, 2013 1:30 pm
Casey Trees
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3030 12th St NE, Washington, DC, 20017, United States

Our First Friday seminars combine presentations on a variety of urban design topics with LID tours of the Casey Trees Headquarters. Participants may attend individual or multiple events. Lunch will be provided.

Session 1: Your Front Yard May Be Park Land (12:00-1:00 PM)

We all use public space every day. It’s where we walk to work, ride our bike or walk the dog, enjoy lunch at a sidewalk café, or sit on a bench to enjoy the nice weather. Almost every new development in the District has the potential to impact the physical form or use of this tremendous public asset. The District’s public space regulations reinforce several big ideas that make public space one of the most important elements that give our city its park-like character and image. It sets Washington D.C. apart from other urban municipalities.

Please join us at Casey Trees as we learn from Chris Shaheen from D.C. Office of Planning about the history of our public space, the big ideas its regulations are designed reinforce, how its evolution over the past 200 years has defined the District and what we can do to ensure that our traditions for using public space continue into the 21st century.

Chris manages the Public Space Program in the District of Columbia’s Office of Planning.  Building on 16 years of experience in both the public and private sector, he currently manages and implements open space and public realm plans and promotes sustainable development practices. He is the Office of Planning’s representative on the Public Space Committee and the Green Building Advisory Council.

Session 2 (Optional): Tour of LID at Casey Trees (1:00-1:30 PM)

Take a look inside Casey Trees to learn how this Sustainable Sites Pilot manages stormwater with three green roofs, curbside bioretention planter, Silva cells, 1,500 gallon cistern, and bioretention garden designed to grow large trees. Participants will learn about our other amenities including espalier apple trees and cool roofs.

Getting There

The Metrorail station is Brookland-CUA (Red Line) which is a 10 minute walk. The Metrobus stop is near the intersection of 12th and Irving Street NE (served by the H8) or the Brookland-CUA Metro station (served by the H2, H4, H6, G8, R4 and 80). At our office, there is ample street parking and we accomodate bicycles on-site.


Seminar Speaker: 

Chris Shaheen, Acting Associate Director, Neighborhood Planning, D.C. Office of Planning

Tour Leaders:

Maisie Hughes, ASLA, ISA Certified Arborist, Director of Planning & Design

Emily Oaksford LEED AP, Planning Associate

Who Should Attend?

You. Seminars will be particularly interesting to professionals and students in the design and planning fields, Citizen Foresters and Casey Trees volunteers. Attendees must be 16 years or older.


All attendees will be provided with a complimentary light lunch. Please note your dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering so we can attempt to accommodate your needs.