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Healthy Parks Healthy People Workshop Held

Hot Springs National Park

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On Thursday, August 2nd, Hot Springs National Park hosted a workshop to explore Healthy Parks Healthy People opportunities at its Whittington Park, an area located in the midst of an established neighborhood.

The workshop started with Diana Allen, chief of the health promotion branch and HPHP people program manager from the Washington Office, providing an overview of the Healthy Parks Healthy People U.S. program.  Allen's overview was followed by HPHP presentations by Bernadette Gunn Rhodes, Fit 2 Live director for the City of North Little Rock and board member of the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Obesity, and Jean Wallace, director of parks and recreation for the City of Hot Springs.  Following the presentations, Karen Anderson facilitated the participants' discussion.  The workshop focused on creating a vision for park facilities and programs that also complements local and state efforts.

In addition to Gunn Rhodes and Wallace, other park partners and neighbors participating in the workshop included Toni Lunnemann and Shane Thompson of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts; Mark Toth, president of the Whittington Valley Community Association; Dianne Morrison of the City of Hot Springs’ Metropolitan Planning Organization Study Division; Charlotte Davis of Weyerhaeuser; and Josh Mayes of the Arkansas Governor's Council on Fitness.

Also in attendance were Marla McEnaney, cultural resource specialist at Midwest Regional Office, and, representing the park, Mardi, Arce, deputy superintendent; Steve Rudd, natural resource manager; Tom Hill, curator; Mark Scott, facility manager; John Hughes, chief ranger; Mike Kusch, chief of interpretation and cultural resource management; and Tricia Horn, executive assistant.


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