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How Protected Are Municipal Parks and Open Space and How Do You Ensure Permanence? (PA CLE)


People rely on their parks and other public open spaces as secure, unfailing places for rest, renewal, and relief from everyday stresses. But just how permanent are they?

And what are permissible and impermissible uses of the land? Join this session to learn about the different protections afforded to local parks and open spaces under Pennsylvania law and steps your community can take to strengthen these protections. We will discuss the various factors that come into play: state statutes, the PA Constitution, state deed restrictions, etc. We will also review tools, including declarations of public trust, for ensuring the permanence of these lands. [Eligible for 1 substantive CLE credit]






Andy Loza | Executive Director, WeConservePA

Loza has served since 2000 as executive director of WeConservePA where he leads public policy initiatives, writes and edits technical guidance, and implements various assistance, training, and education programs to advance conservation. Previously he served as a land trust executive director; led conservation, planning, trail, and development initiatives for county government; and consulted on environmental policy. He holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Lehigh University.


H. Fintan McHugh, Esq. | Petrikin, Wellman, Damico, Brown, & Petrosa

Fintan McHugh joined Petrikin, Wellman, Damico, Brown, & Petrosa in 2000 after working in the litigation section of a larger Philadelphia firm. He has tried cases throughout Pennsylvania and has successfully handled many appeals in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Superior Court and Supreme Court. He focuses his practice on the areas of civil litigation, real estate law and zoning/land development. He has handled hundreds of leasing and litigation matters for some of the region’s largest commercial landlords and has represented a broad spectrum of developers and landowners in zoning and land development applications. Mr. McHugh is admitted in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University School of Law.



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