The Loop, Pima County’s 55-mile multi-use path, will be featured at the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Expo Meeting to be held September 28-October 1, at the Phoenix Convention Center.
The Loop was selected for inclusion in a conference workshop titled “Greenways: Economic Engine for the 21st Century.”
Pima County’s proposal, co-submitted by Nanette Slusser, Assistant County Administrator, Charles Flink, a national greenways expert from Alta/Greenways of North Carolina, and Joy Lyndes, a landscape architect and president-elect for the Arizona Chapter of ASLA from Kimley Horn & Associates, of Tucson, was selected from among 350 proposals from across the country. Lyndes will be the workshop moderator. The Loop proposal also includes presentations on greenways in North Dakota, South Carolina and Colorado.
Development of the Pima County Loop, a 55-mile pedestrian, bike and equestrian route around metropolitan Tucson, the county seat of Pima County, clearly reflects the ASLA conference theme, ““Beyond Boundaries: Design, Leadership and Community.” The Loop connects Tucson, South Tucson, Marana, and Oro Valley. Pima County residents and visitors walk and bike on The Loop for recreation, commuting to work, eating out, and shopping.
“I’m excited to share strategies for using greenways to promote tourism, revitalization, and economic growth,” says Slusser. With major employers, restaurants, farmers markets, and retail along the path, “The Loop is perfectly positioned to be the new Main Street of Pima County,” she continues.
The ASLA Expo and Meeting attracts an estimated 6,000 participants and is the world’s largest annual gathering of landscape architecture professionals and students. In fact, it is expected to be the third largest conference Phoenix hosts this year. The event features more than 135 education sessions, workshops, and field sessions.
“In this rapidly changing world, we must look beyond our normal way of seeing things and doing business,” said Susan Hatchell, FASLA, president of ASLA. “This meeting will help us grow into new practice areas, develop new tools, and meet new challenges.”
For more information about the ASLA Expo and Meeting: http://www.asla.org/2012meeting/