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Joe Verdoorn
The Registered Landscape Architect
June 9, 1945 - June 11, 2016

During his 50+ year career as a landscape architect, Joe’s involvement in the design and planning always came from his unique perspective of the land development process. His knowledge and experience extended to an impressive array of master planned communities, university/campus planning, environmental studies, park and recreational planning, urban design and historic preservation across the country.

01-Joe-at-workJoe had a special passion for the niche offerings of the 55+ communities. A pioneer in the field of active adult community design, he worked with Del Webb to master plan and design their 55+ communities in the late 1980’s. These projects challenged him to realize that a new paradigm was needed to meet the lifestyle expectations of active adults. He began researching the active adult market, the demographics and psychographics, to understand the expectations and motivations of these exacting consumers. From this, he created an active adult community model that has become an industry standard. This research influenced the design, construction and administration of numerous active adult communities and expanded the knowledge base of the profession.

If you’ve ever worked with Joe, then you know what a great mentor he was. Beginning with his years on the faculty of Texas Tech University, Joe mentored countless landscape architects. As proprietor of two landscape architecture firms, he took a personal interest in mentoring staff. Many of us can attest to Joe’s approach that allowed us to grow in our knowledge and experience of landscape architecture. His patience is to be rewarded!



Memo From ASLA on PARK(ing) Day 2016


PARK(ing) Day is September 16 and is coming up fast. This year we’re hoping to build on the success of last year’s PARK(ing) Day event. We’re asking all of our members to share their parklets (whether it’s from a chapter or any of your individual firms) on social media with #ASLAPD16. Similar to last year, we’ll have a contest where ASLA will pick it’s favorite student and professional parklets and put them in Landscape Architecture Magazine.


ASLA’s insurance will cover any official chapter-sponsored events, but will not cover events held by members done at a firm, provided it follows these guidelines:


On September 16 ASLA chapters will transform metered parking spaces into temporary, miniature parks, or parklets. Our goal is to demonstrate the value of landscape architecture and designed spaces. The chapters will discuss the parklets with passersby and speak to the value of the profession. Additionally, none of the chapters will have alcohol at their event. The parklets will have some of the following elements:


·         Chairs, benches, etc. for seating

·         Small games ranging from board games to tailgate-style games such as corn hole.

·         Other designed elements to create a discussion about landscape architecture with the public.


If you’ve already started planning PARK(ing) Day, great! If not here are some resources to get you started:


2015 Parking Day Case Study 1 (University of Georgia)


2015 Parking Day Case Study 2 (Washington Chapter)


2015 #ASLAPD Photo Album


Additionally, here  is a media list for each chapter to promote PARK(ing) Day efforts or any other public awareness opportunities. Media List.



The Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook: A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreational Professionals, and Health Practitioners

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Park Service (NPS) have created a new tool to assist communities  The Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook: A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreational Professionals, and Health Practitioners is quick guide for incorporating public health considerations in the development and improvement of a park or trail. This tool can help start collaborative discussions about the health benefits of parks and trails and prepare for a health impact assessment (HIA).

You can find the workbook at: 

The tool includes information to help users find health data and learn about completed HIAs that included parks, trails, or greenways. It also includes case studies that pilot its use in Whatcom County, Washington, and a Mescalero Apache tribal area in New Mexico. The workbook consists of five sections:

· Community health profile.
· Site information.
· Site planning
· Park and trail system planning.
· Monitoring and evaluation. 

The workbook was jointly developed by the CDC Healthy Community Design Initiative ( and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (