October 28, 2020

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Todd Kafka to Present on Transforming Urban Infrastructure at NRPA Annual Conference

Todd Kafka, P.G., (Florida) will present “From Brown to Green: Transforming Urban Infrastructure in Lakeland, Florida” at 2020 National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience (NRPA Virtual) at 1:30 PM EDT on October 29, 2020.

Todd’s co-presenters are Anna Cawrse, Sasaki and Bill Tinsley, Bonnet Springs Park.

Todd Kafka is a Principal Hydrogeologist based in Florida with more than 23 years of professional experience focused on site assessment, remediation, and hydrogeological investigations for industrial, state, and federal clients across the United States.

NRPA Virtual will not only bring the park and recreation community together, but also will serve as a platform for networking and exchanging ideas in new and imaginative ways. It features keynote speaker Glenn Harris, president of the new Race Forward and publisher of Colorlines, as well as more than 60 education sessions, interactive networking opportunities, and an exploration-worthy virtual exhibit hall.

NRPA is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, healthy, and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. NRPA advances this vision by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals as a catalyst for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being.


From a Baygall swamp to a bustling railyard that served as the largest employer in Central Florida, Lake Bonnet and its surrounding land has played a myriad of roles throughout history. This 180-acre piece of land adjacent to downtown Lakeland, Florida, was a working piece of infrastructure up until the 1950s. Fast-forward 60 years to today and see the next role this derelict brownfield site serves: a public park. Bonnet Springs Park's visionary mission and technical challenge is to reverse the impacts of former Lakeland Rail Yard operations and create a site where wetlands work to manage and clean an urban watershed, to use artful landforms to conceal decades of contamination, and to harness imaginative horticulture to encourage a connection to nature for future generations. This session will explore how innovative designs for brownfield sites, partnerships and funding are remediating the land and transforming it into a new Central Park for Florida.

More Information

About the event: https://www.nrpa.org/conference/
About NRPA: https://www.nrpa.org/
For consultation regarding green infrastructure, contact Todd Kafka at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Learn more about Todd: https://www.geosyntec.com/people/todd-kafka