30 May Welcome to Park Planning in the Southeast Region! – Julia Martinez
My name is Julia Martinez and I am a Park Planning Intern spending this summer with the Southeastern Regional Office (SERO). My first day was May 15th. I came into the office and my supervisor gave me a tour around the Samm Nunn Federal Center
As I am writing this blog post, I am completing my second week of my internship! For the past two weeks, I have been learning more about the general ideas and principles of park planning. So far, I have learned that the park planning process is interdisciplinary, which I value greatly. I have been reading the Management Policies (2006) and familiarizing myself with the principles essential to the park planning process. I also learned about Foundation Documents and their role in the planning and managing process of parks.
I was born and raised in a suburb of Metro-Atlanta yet I have never visited any of the 11 national parks in Georgia. As a Metro-ATL local, the ones closest to me are Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site (Downtown ATL), Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. I was also given the Foundation Documents for them and I was able to dissect their comprehensiveness and see that they are used to provide support to the planning and management of parks. Basically, they are booklets filled with graphs, information, and a thorough analysis on the state of the park and possible ideas for future directions. I find it neat how they are personalized for each park and site with photos, their purpose, and significance. Familiarizing myself with the role of Foundation Documents and their components will help with learning about Planning Portfolio Management next week!
It has been a really great time so far at SERO, and I have enjoyed being able to connect virtually with the Park Planning cohort to discuss our experiences. From the onboarding process to now, time has gone by so fast! I can’t wait to see what next week has in store and read what my peers are doing at their respective sites.
Thank you for reading!