2017 Annual WASLA Conference

Spokane Convention Center, April 21, 2017
One Day, Dynamic Sessions, Ultimate Location



8:20-9:20 AM
Confluence: The History, Culture, and Future of Spokane’s Public Landscapes 


Spokane has a rich legacy of parks and open spaces, abundant in quantity and rich in diversity, from formal parks to natural areas. These spaces that profoundly shape the city’s character and lifestyle were the result of visionary planning and conservation starting a century ago and continuing today.

This General Session, presented by three landscape architects, sets the tone for the day as we consider Where History Meets Nature in the process of city planning and place-shaping. 

Michael Terrell provides an overview of Spokane’s park system and urban planning, beginning with the Olmsted Brothers Report. Garrett Jones moves the discussion forward to today and shares the city’s expanded environmental stewardship that extends beyond the park system. Guy Michaelsen reaches into the city’s future by reimagining connections to a forgotten shared past and a legacy that is returned to Spokane’s next generations.

Speaker Bios:

Michael Terrell Landscape Architecture, PLLC
Mike Terrell has over 28 years of experience as a landscape architect and planner working with private developers, cities and counties on the public spaces, parks, trails and recreation facilities. He has designed over 28 parks and recreation facilities in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, including working on the plan for the Great Spokane River Gorge and implementation of a number of projects to implement that vision. 

Garrett Jones, PLA, Assistant Director of Park Operations, Spokane Parks and Recreation
Garrett is a Landscape Architect with professional experience working with a local residential Design-Build Firm and more recently with the City of Spokane. Garrett has guided numerous open space municipal projects from initial visioning through permitting, construction, and operations as City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Landscape Designer, Landscape Architect and Assistant Director of Park Operations for eight years. Garrett’s proven track record of successfully completing municipal Design-Bid-Build projects earned Garrett the title of Park Planning Manager in 2016. He is responsible to guide the department’s multi-million dollar budget and capital improvement programs.

Guy Michaelsen, PLA, Principal, Berger Partnership
Guy is a landscape architect and urban designer who works extensively in the public realm, including parks, trail corridors, streetscape and commercial public spaces. He has a passion for inspiring others to imagine the possibilities of “what can be” by challenging the typical through long-winded, fun, entertaining presentations. Guy is a regular speaker at regional and national conferences on a variety of subjects including empowering art in design of public places, challenging the role and opportunities for urban landscapes, corridor planning and more. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the historic context for Spokane’s urban planning and natural resource conservation. 
  • Learn how proper partnerships and collaborations can facilitate growth, stewardship and funding for open space.
  • Consider how the forgotten milestones in a community’s history can inform place making for now and the future.



Where History Meets Nature

Spokane Convention Center
Spokane, WA