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Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

3:00 p.m.
Mabee Library Auditorium

The Frost Play Research Collection and Kappa Delta Epsilon Honor Fraternity with the Dreeben School of Education present Dr. Eric Strickland, Design Consultant of the Playground Design and Consulting, and Drew Hicks, Communications Manager of the Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation. Hear the inside scoop on connecting children with outdoor play. Learn about the active play environment at the Yanaguana Garden in Hemisfair Park.

Guest Speakers:

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Dr. Eric Strickland
Playground Design and Consulting

Playgrounds and Play Environments:
The Inside Scoop on Connecting Children with Outdoor Play

Dr. Eric Strickland served as Head Start teacher and center director, university lab school head teacher, fifth grade teacher, and university professor in an education career that spanned 22 years. Through his 31 years at Grounds For Play, Dr. Strickland designed or participated in designing more than 15,000 playgrounds.

He has presented more than 100 conference sessions and workshops at regional, national and international conferences. In addition, he has authored numerous articles and served as a columnist and feature author for two years with Early Years and Parent's Magazine, both published by Scholastic, Inc.

Drew Hicks

Drew Hicks
Communications Manager
Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation

Active Play Environment at Yanaguana Garden

The Yanaguana Garden is the first area of the redeveloped Hemisfair park to open with 4.1 acres of active play environment designed for all ages and ability levels. Designed by Susan Goldsman of MIG, an expert in how children and adults use play for cognitive development, the park serves a dual purpose to provide education and recreation to the community. It’s not just a playground, either. Historic homes that line the property will soon be filled with new tenants including a coffee shop, a paleteria, a brewery and a café. Between climbing structures, public art, two games plazas, a splash pad a sand digging pit and loads of activities and programming, Yanaguana Garden has something for everyone! Yanaguana Garden is only a small part of the total 37 acre development to come featuring even more park, new retail, tons of parking options and new residences.

For more information, contact Dr. David Campos at 210-283-5029 or email


Persons with disabilities needing special assistance to attend should contact the ADA coordinator at least five university business days prior to the event at or 210-829-6035.