• nivo slider image nivo slider image nivo slider image nivo slider image nivo slider image nivo slider image
To download a printer friendly Full Schedule, click here.

Full Schedule


CLICK FOR WORKSHOP TRACK DETAILS          
TRACK EVENT DATE TIME
Taste of New York City Parks 7/14 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.  
Taste of New York City Parks
New York City parks are a foodie destination, whether you're looking for fresh produce from local farmers or a sample of the cuisine of the City's diverse immigrant population. Spend your Saturday exploring the park food scene, starting at Union Square Park, the home of GrowNYC's flagship Greenmarket. Tour vibrant community gardens in the East Village and Lower East Side neighborhoods
Stroll the High Line Saturday, July 14th - Tuesday, July 17th  
Stroll the High Line: Self-Guided Tour
Take a self-guided tour of the High Line, a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan's West Side.  Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line's preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now
Weaving Parks into Urban Redevelopment 7/16 10:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.  
Weaving Parks into Urban Redevelopment
Urban areas are being redeveloped as never before, but many new projects fail to include enough parkland. Participants will learn how some of the greenest new developments – including old rail yards, dismantled factors and outmoded airports – came about have found ways to incorporate more parkland. Using the City of San Francisco as a case study, participants will understand how
Bonding for Greenery 7/16 10:15 am - 11:30 am  
Bonding for Greenery: How to Pass a City Parks Referendum
Billions of dollars have been raised for urban parks and open space through city and county bond measures voted on by the public. But not all referenda pass. Hear instructive stories of success and learn what it takes to improves the odds of winning at the polls.
Going Beyond Park Boundaries to Build a Winning Coalition 7/17 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Going Beyond Park Boundaries to Build a Winning Coalition
All of us love parks, but are there enough of “us” to win the tough political battles when they arise over funding, land protection and programming? If push comes to shove, it’s critical to have a broad coalition that stretches beyond single-issue park advocates. Participants will learn why and how from successful individuals who’ve done it.  Citizens for a Fort Monroe
Parks & Political Power 101 7/16 10:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.  
Parks & Political Power 101: Growing a Thick Canopy of Advocates
It’s a rare city that can create and maintain great parks without a solid support structure of private volunteers – people to advocate, lobby, testify, write letters to the editor and demonstrate. Participants will learn how to create or expand active and concerned citizens in their own city.  Discussion will include San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA) as a successful implementation of
How to Partner with the National Park Service 7/16 10:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.  
How to Partner with the National Park Service
The National Park Service plays a major urban role in a few cities, a smaller role in many others – and everywhere the involvement is growing. Because of different missions and histories, relationships can be complex but there are outstanding examples of successful partnerships. Learn from leaders who have been working together across agencies how to bridge gaps and develop strong
How to Influence Your Elected Officials 7/17 10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.  
How to Influence Your Elected Officials
Whether your park system is well-funded and successful – or starving and bedraggled – has a lot to do with elected officials at the city, county and higher levels. Knowing how to get your message across to them, and deliver it powerfully, makes all the difference. Participants will hear success stories from Atlanta and St. Paul all the way up to
Building a Federal Urban Parks Agenda in Washington 7/16 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Building a Federal Urban Parks Agenda in Washington
Given the shrinking federal budget and the fact that urban parks fall outside the domains of the Interior Department, which deals with national parks, and the Housing and Urban Development Department, which deals with cities, understand the need for a broad coalition to advocate for urban parks in Washington. Participants will discuss how to balance what is right for the future,
It's All About the Numbers 7/17 10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.  
It’s All About the Numbers: Measuring Impact and Users
“If you don’t count, you don’t count.” That’s one reason city parks are below the radar for many politicians and bureaucrats – we often don’t have the kind of numerical analysis regularly put forth by transportation and health agencies. But that’s changing. Participants will learn about new levels of data collection, practices that to adopt and what the numbers
Revitalizing Downtowns with Parks 7/16 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Revitalizing Downtowns with Parks
In earlier days, downtowns were known for bustling ports, grand department stores and imposing railroad stations. Today, more and more, they are known for magnificent new parks. And it’s not just New York and Chicago – learn the story of three other recent parks that are transforming large and mid-sized cities. Using Charlottesville and Fitchburg as case studies of cities that
Trails and Railroads 7/17 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Trails and Railroads
Of all the trails in urban areas, some of the best have been created from abandoned railroad corridors – and there are still plenty of unused tracks available for conversion. These efforts are not easy – from negotiating with rail companies to fending off legal challenges to raising funds for great design – but the final result is unparalleled for non-motorized
Reviving the Neighborhood: Strategies for Restoring Vacant Property 7/16 10:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.  
Reviving the Neighborhood: Strategies for Restoring Vacant Property
Many neighborhoods in America – as well as some overseas – are awash in vacant properties that are diminishing housing values, stifling investment and fostering crime.  Solutions to revitalize are a challenge, but an increasingly popular approach is to use parks – even temporary – as a vehicle to stimulate a turnaround and stabilize areas.  Spotlight Miami Grand Central Park as
Emeralds in the Rough: Turning Brownfields, Landfills and Steep Hillsides into Parks 7/16 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.  
Emeralds in the Rough: Turning Brownfields, Landfills and Steep Hillsides into Parks
One person’s trash, another person’s playing field! From Berkeley to Boston, tens of thousands of acres of old urban landfills have been stabilized, capped, degassed and turned into parks. Now, other kinds of polluted brownfields are being similarly cleaned up and converted.  Participants will find out about the legal and technical solutions that enable transforming environmentally challenging landscape – including landfills,
Is Someone Stalking Your Parkland? 7/17 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Is Someone Stalking Your Parkland? How to Negotiate with Land-Hungry Neighbors
Is some company or agency eyeing one of your parks as a nice piece of open land available for the taking? From hospitals to highways, stadiums to universities, many institutions misunderstand that parks aren't simply landbanks for development. This session will demonstrate how parks can be protected - and how some challenges can yield win-win solutions for
The Power of Master Planning 7/17 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
The Power of Master Planning: Yes, It’s Worth the Trouble
Whether it’s for a single park, a whole park system or for a full city; a first-rate master plan makes the difference between rousing success and ignominious failure.  Participants will hear first hand success stories of cutting-edge planning and its impact and focus on the life cycle of the planning process: framing the master plan, doing the master plan, and living
Using Technology to Map, Learn and Teach About Parks 7/16 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Using Technology to Map, Learn and Teach About Parks
Computerized mapping, known as geographic information systems, is revolutionizing the way we study, learn about, protect and care for parks – and how we teach people about them, too. Participants will learn about the most innovative and useful applications of this powerful technology. Discuss as a case study, the NYC Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project and its application in several cities
People Over Cars 7/16 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
People Over Cars
In the endless battle between cars and humans – people are starting to win more victories.  From a campaign to remove a park parking lot in Pittsburgh to restore the park’s historic footprint, a 5-acre park deck over a freeway in Dallas to create a downtown urban green space and the creation of the Madrid Rio park along the banks of
Using Technology to Persuade People and Bring in the Dollars 7/16 10:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.  
Using Technology to Persuade People and Bring in the Dollars
Fundraising and “friend-raising” used to be done in person and through the mail. Today those methods are being supplemented by web pages, mass e-blasts, Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. Learn how technology can save staff, time and money and still bring in the needed revenue and political and volunteer. Discuss ioby (“in our back yard”) as an example of
How to Connect with Local Communities 7/16 10:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.  
How to Connect with Local Communities
Just as trees need water and light to grow, a city park needs local, community-based stewardship to thrive. There are many ways to connect with people who live near your park to strengthen their connection to the park.  They range from community councils to partnerships with faith-based organizations to creating promotional materials in multiple languages. Discuss the regeneration of the Parque
Playing Sports without Developing a Complex 7/17 10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.  
Playing Sports without Developing a Complex: Squeezing Recreation into Tight City Spaces
There is no shortage of big ideas for small spaces.  In cities, everything gets a bit squeezed into tighter places – why not sports fields and recreation venues, too?  Many of the newest sports use diminutive courts and are just as much fun.  Spotlights will include the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s efforts to support small-scale soccer (futsol) courts in urban areas, the
How to Connect with High-Income and Corporate Communities 7/16 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
How to Connect with High-Income and Corporate Communities
Focus on seeking significant philanthropic support for your park and discuss the pros and cons of approaching corporations, wealthy individuals and local foundations.  Participants will hear stories and lessons learned from successful fundraising efforts from around the country.
Getting Help from Developers 7/16 10:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.  
Getting Help from Developers: The Joys and Woes of Park Exaction Programs
Some cities and states have “exaction” programs that require housing developers to set aside land or money for public parks near the developments. In some cases the results have been impressive; in others, disappointing.  Participants will learn how these programs are structured, how well they work, and what features should be strengthened – or
Historic Parks in Modern Times 7/17 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Historic Parks in Modern Times
Everything in the city constantly changes, so it’s not surprising that parks are under similar pressures from new technologies, new sports and new traditions. Making changes that are sensitive to a park’s history and design is not easy – and often provokes a strenuous debate in the community. Discussions will focus on the do's and don’ts from three case histories of parks
City, State and Federal Water Pollution Programs for Parks 7/16 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
City, State and Federal Water Pollution Programs for Parks
As the federal government tightens regulations on stormwater runoff, urban parks may have a bigger role to play through detention ponds and other design features. Find out how some of these approaches can be designed into parkland -- and funded through water pollution programs rather than through traditional park budgets.  
Recapturing Waterfronts, Restoring Urban Rivers 7/17 10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.  
Recapturing Waterfronts, Restoring Urban Rivers
Perhaps the most exciting and dramatic change in the urban park scene is along waterfronts. Scores of great new parks have replaced derelict structures and rundown districts, pumping vitality and economic activity into cities of all stripes, from Portland, Maine to Los Angeles. Primary discussion will be on efforts to develop parks along waterfronts, how it’s been done and what’s next.
The Place to Be: How City Parks are Central to Urban Tourism 7/17 10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.  
The Place to Be: How City Parks are Central to Urban Tourism
In many cities, revitalized historic parks, new downtown destination parks and unique neighborhood parks and greenways are becoming tourist destinations.  But creative programming, effective publicity and strong partnerships with city tourism departments and the hospitality industry are essential to help position parks as a “must see” for out-of-town visitors – and increase spending in the local community.  Industry leaders will discuss
Developers’ View of Parks 7/17 10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.  
Developers’ View of Parks
Real estate trends show there is a pent-up demand for walkable, centrally located neighborhoods in cities.  High-density mixed-use developments with good transit connections are becoming more attractive to people of all ages.  As the desire for close-to-home green space increases, how are developers responding?  What are the new models for park management and programming linked to residential and commercial
Bringing Entrepreneurism to Parks 7/16 10:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.  
Bringing Entrepreneurism to Parks: Models for Innovative Revenue Generation
City park managers are increasingly looking to commercial activity to generate revenue for park operations.  Examples range from restaurants and cafes to facility rentals.  If you’re starting out, how do you develop a strategy?  What are the best or most innovative models for commercial activities in parks of different sizes, from destination parks to neighborhood parks?  How do you ensure that
Red Fields to Green Fields 7/16 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Red Fields to Green Fields
The Red Fields to Green Fields National Research Program is sponsored by The Speedwell Foundation, and led by Georgia Tech Research Institute in partnership with the City Parks Alliance and eleven cities.  They have evaluated the potential impacts of converting financially and/or physically distressed commercial real estate (“red fields”) to greenspace and parks with adjacent land “banked” for future development.  They
An Emblem of the Times: Public-Private Partnerships 7/17 10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.  
An Emblem of the Times: Public-Private Partnerships
Partnerships between public agencies and private organizations have yielded magnificent results in New York, Chicago and numerous other cities, but these relationships are complex and need extraordinary levels of care and attention. Learn about successes, different models and structures – and how to avoid problems. Discuss best practices from the Central Park Conservancy, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Center City District
Soliciting, Managing and Retaining Volunteers 7/16 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Soliciting, Managing and Retaining Volunteers
A dollar saved is as good as a dollar earned, and volunteers can be an excellent source of labor for park agencies that are strapped for funds. But recruiting, training and retaining volunteers is a high art. There can also be issues relating to existing employees and union rules. Learn the dos and don’ts from some of the most successful city
Special Events in Parks 7/16 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Special Events in Parks: What’s the Profit, What’s the Loss?
From fireworks displays to concerts, from festivals to demonstrations, parks are often the sites of the largest and most memorable events in our cities. But huge gatherings also take their toll. What is the proper balance between generating happy crowds and protecting nature? And what is a fair price to charge for event preparation, policing, cleanup, and loss of the park
How Funders Think 7/17 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
How Funders Think
For most, a grant to create or improve a park seems eminently justified. But to a besieged foundation official, a park is merely one need among hundreds coming through the door all the time. What about your project is important and special enough to merit a foundation gift? Participants will learn how the world looks through the eyes of several different
Getting the Greatest Environmental Benefit from Parks 7/17 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Getting the Greatest Environmental Benefit from Parks
We know that parks can have numerous environmental benefits – from cleaning the water and air to protecting plant species and wildlife – but not all parks deliver everything they are capable of.  Participants will learn how some parks are designed and managed for high performance on the ecology front.  Discuss the Landscape Architecture Foundation's landscape performance series – which includes
Institutional Partnerships 7/17 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Institutional Partnerships
Parks are integral resources within cities and neighborhoods, but they do not exist in a vacuum. There are numerous other institutions working with both nature and people that can serve as outstanding partners to share programming, cut costs, raise revenue and attract participants. Participants will learn about some exciting partnerships and how you can do more with cultural, educational and health-related
Wet, Wild and Visible 7/16 10:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.  
Wet, Wild and Visible: The Challenges and Benefits of Restoring and Daylighting Rivers in Parks
Hydrological engineering is growing in sophistication and several park waterways have already been brought back from their purgatory. Discuss Charlotte’s successful efforts to create the Little Sugar Creek Greenway – 15 miles of paths and natural habitat along the river.  Spotlight Singapore’s innovative central watershed master plan as a case study of sustainable water management, capturing tropical rain and releasing it
Creating an Equitable Funding Infrastructure for Parks 7/16 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Creating an Equitable Funding Infrastructure for Parks
Due to the widespread success of park conservancies, the public-private partnership has become the de facto framework in many cities to support park management, stewardship and funding.  But does the conservancy model, which works well in affluent communities, create insurmountable barriers for communities without similar access to resources?  Can the model be refined with equity in mind?  Practitioners are exploring new
Storms and Climate Change 7/17 10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.  
Storms and Climate Change: How Parks Can Become Buffers
Unusual weather is leading to large and unexpected storms with their attendant downstream flooding. Well-designed parks and water retention areas – as well as judicious buy-outs of flood-prone properties for conversion to parkland – can save lives and reduce damage and misery.  Discussions will examine Charlotte and Nashville as examples of cities employing parks and greenways for stormwater management and flood
Working with Water Departments 7/17 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Working with Water Departments: From Capturing the Raindrop to Decking Reservoirs
Managing water is becoming ever more important in cities, from precious drinking water to major storm events – and parks are becoming integral to the process. Participants will learn about the latest uses of parkland to slow down and temporarily hold stormwater – and also to deck over vulnerable drinking water reservoirs with beautiful fields and playspaces. Seattle and Philadelphia will
Vibrant Cities and Urban Forests 7/17 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Vibrant Cities and Urban Forests
Everyone loves trees, but love isn’t always enough. This session will dig down into the details of park tree care and advocacy – how to deal with catastrophic drought, how to keep urban trees alive and thriving, managing tree volunteers, and marshalling facts to show the economic value of our arboreal
The Next Century of Urban Wilderness 7/16 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
The Next Century of Urban Wilderness
Whether or not true wilderness can exist in a city, it is undeniable that almost everyone seeks periodic respite from the urban hurly-burly. Discussions will include the successful and innovative creation of a new park on Northerly Island in Lake Michigan to encompass multiple ecospheres, including the construction of a barrier reef in Lake Michigan east of the island for diving,
New Maintenance Models for the Ecological City Park 7/16 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
New Maintenance Models for the Ecological City Park
Park systems strapped for cash need to maximize human resources – both staff and volunteer – while minimizing demand on environmental resources.  How can these objectives be accomplished simultaneously?  Through a series of case studies, presenters will explore park design, stormwater management, plant selection, staff efficiencies and other practices that keep parks clean and inviting. Discuss how the Presidio is maintaining
Where the Sum is Greater: Using City Parks for Environmental Education 7/17 10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.  
Where the Sum is Greater: Using City Parks for Environmental Education
Where is the best place for city kids (and city adults) to learn about the environment? City parks, of course! This session describes outstanding education programs in Milwaukee, Los Angeles, New York and Columbus, including how they were established and how they are maintained. Specifically discuss Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE) field use of Prospect Park and the
A Different Kind of Street Demonstration 7/16 10:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.  
A Different Kind of Street Demonstration: Making Roadways More Like Parks
In the average city, roadways comprise the largest portion of the public realm’s “open space,” considerably larger than its parks. Discussion will spotlight how to modify roadways to function like parkland, either part-time or permanently. Specific case study will examine how NYC’s Department of Transportation has transformed streets into public plazas and created greenways at the edge of
From Beavers to Deer to Dogs 7/16 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.  
From Beavers to Deer to Dogs: Managing Animals in Urban Parks
As development has encroached on open space at city edges, wildlife habitats and corridors are often affected, forcing many creatures to seek comfort and food in urban parks. How do park managers balance needs for human recreation with wildlife protection, develop effective public outreach, and incorporate design strategies to accommodate changing dynamics between city folk and fauna? Specific discussion will focus
Schoolyard Parks 7/16 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.  
Schoolyard Parks: Physical Activity Before, Between and After the Bells
In many crowded, park-poor neighborhoods, the only available open spaces are schoolyards - and many of them are merely bleak expanses of cracked asphalt. Across the country,  cities are engaged in exciting transformations of these yards into beautiful, stimulating parks that are open to the students during school hours and then to the full community after hours. In this session, we
Designing Parks to Help People Be Healthy 7/16 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Designing Parks to Help People Be Healthy
Parks are great places to exercise, but the mere presence of a park does not guarantee a healthier population. It needs to be inviting, well-signed, and accessible.  Learn what you can do to make your park system a welcoming and health-promoting venue.  Panelists will highlight New York City’s innovative and successful Active Design Guidelines – a set of strategies for designing
Programming Parks to Help People Be Healthy 7/17 10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.  
Programming Parks to Help People Be Healthy
When it comes to fitness, beautiful spaces aren’t enough. Using parks to get healthy takes encouragement, outreach, instruction, camaraderie, feedback – and specifically – programs! Participants will learn about some of the best urban park fitness programming throughout the country, why it works and how it’s sustained.  Discuss anthropometric and physical evaluation assessments currently in progress, as well as preliminary results
Park Drives without the Driving 7/16 10:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.  
Park Drives without the Driving: How to Close Roads to Cars
Cars can bring people to parks – but their fumes, noise and danger can also drive them away. More and more park agencies are finding that car-free park roads encourage lots of other users to bring children and to walk, bike, skate, run, ski, and do myriad other fun things in sweet-smelling peace and tranquility.  Using the Ciclovia program as a
Making Parks Safe... And Keeping Them That Way 7/16 10:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.  
Making Parks Safe… And Keeping Them That Way
One of the biggest reasons people avoid parks is fear – fear of strangers, fear of crime. There is no easy solution for urban crime but there are many steps that can be taken to make parks safer and more inviting. Participants will hear first had success stories and solutions executed in our nation’s capital.  Northern Manhattan’s City Life is Moving
City Bountiful: Community Gardens, Urban Agriculture and City Parks 7/17 10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.  
City Bountiful: Community Gardens, Urban Agriculture and City Parks
Can you live in the city and still be a farmer? You bet! Tens of thousands of urbanites have community garden plots, and most cities have waiting lists for thousands more who want to get their hands in the dirt. City park departments can play a key role in this burgeoning movement – learn about some of the best programs across
Rethinking the Playground 7/17 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Rethinking the Playground
For most people the playground is the basic building block of any city park system, serving both children’s development and the community’s communication network. But many experts believe that playgrounds could be better – and some of them are. Learn about the newest ideas in playgrounds, from movable parts to ecological exploration to features usable by the physically.  Discuss the Woodland
Weight of the Nation: Sustainable Food Offerings in Local Park Systems 7/16 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.  
Weight of the Nation: Sustainable Food Offerings in Local Park Systems
Obesity has not only become an epidemic in the U.S., with a majority of the population overweight, but is also a growing crisis globally.  Getting people into parks and moving is one way to address this problem, but providing healthy food options once there will also help.  This session will explore incentives, practices and challenges to bring locally sourced, high-quality and
Using Parks for Social Services 7/16 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Using Parks for Social Services
We know that a walk in the park can help reduce the general stress of urban life, but how can parks and greenspace be put to work for other social purposes to help improve job skills, provide juvenile alternate services and reduce substance abuse?  Discuss RecoveryPark in Detroit as a case study of how like-minded agencies can collaborate, using green space
Outstanding Programming for Teens 7/16 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Outstanding Programming for Teens
What does it take to get a teenager outside and into nature?  Many park agencies and organizations have developed hands-on, empowering programs to help teens be more physically active, more interested in environmental issues and more likely to develop as socially and environmentally responsible members of their local communities. Discuss Baltimore’s efforts to engage teens in maintenance of their
Engaging Older Adults in Supporting Parks 7/16 10:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.  
Engaging Older Adults in Supporting Parks
People are living longer and more active as they age.  And by 2050 the number of people aged 65 and older is expected to double in the U.S.   How can parks organizations respond to this demographic shift?  Presenters will look at how to engage seniors and retirees through programs, draw on their experience and knowledge through volunteer opportunities and enlist.
Connections for Young Adults 7/16 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.  
Connections for Young Adults: Using Parks to Help Build Skills
As President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Report states, “Jobs and service opportunities provide meaningful ways to protect and restore the outdoors and to make conservation relevant, especially to young people.”   The local city park can be a portal to life-long engagement in the outdoors.  This session will look at opportunities and programs that encourage, train and support youth to enter
Winning Parks Ballot Measures 7/16 10:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.  
Winning Parks Ballot Measures: Campaigning for Greenery
Billions of dollars have been raised for urban parks and open space through city and county bond measures voted on by the public. But not all referenda pass. Hear instructive stories of success and learn what it takes to improves the odds of winning at the polls.
Volunteer Service Day 7/14 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.  
Volunteer Service Day
Roll-up your sleeves and join City Parks Alliance, REI and Con Edison for this fun conference kick-off event. Working with fellow conference attendees, REI and Con Edison employees and friends and local volunteers, we will be joining together to spruce up East River Park, a 57-acre waterfront oasis offering spectacular views. Help us make this fabulous park look event better with
Landfill to Landscape: Staten Island, Fresh Kills and the Greenbelt Native Plant Center 7/14 12:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Landfill to Landscape: Staten Island, Fresh Kills and the Greenbelt Native Plant Center
When is a dump not a dump?  When it is the 2,200 acres Fresh Kills Park in Staten Island. The transformation of the world’s largest landfill into a productive and beautiful destination will make this park a symbol of renewal. It will be the largest park developed in New York City in more than 100 years. In addition to providing recreational
Nature in North Manhattan 7/14 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Nature in North Manhattan
Tour Northern Manhattan's most scenic parks.  Starting in Fort Tryon Park see the Heather Garden, one of the largest heath and heather gardens on the East Coast.  Pass by the Cloisters Museum and the New Leaf Cafe, a restaurant operated by New York Restoration Project (NYRP); view "the High Bridge," a historic foot-bridge connecting Manhattan to the Bronx. On to Sherman
National September 11 Memorial 7/14 5:00 p.m.  
National September 11 Memorial
The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.  The Memorial  is located at the site
The View from Behind the Torch 7/15 9:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.  
The View from Behind the Torch: Managing Visitors at Liberty and Ellis Islands
Ever wonder what it takes to manage a complex operation at an iconic structure with more than four million visitors each year? Get a special pass, skip the lines and speak directly with key staff to find out how the National Park Service manages the challenges of this unique operation. Learn about the business side of the process and see the
Forge the Mighty Hudson in a Kayak 7/15 09:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.  
Forge the Mighty Hudson in a Kayak
Join the NY Kayak Company for an exciting tour in your own kayak leaving from Pier 40 in Manhattan. Have lunch in Hoboken Cove in New Jersey before you paddle back to Manhattan.  It is gorgeous!  Be a part of New York City's effort to get people on to the water.  Join Dottie Lewandowski, Queens Parks Commissioner, on this great adventure and
National September 11 Memorial 7/15 3:00 p.m.  
National September 11 Memorial
The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.  The Memorial is located at the
A Revolution in Brooklyn 7/15 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.  
A Revolution in Brooklyn
Retrace the steps of the largest battle of the American Revolution and the first battle of the United States in the same tour taken by David McCullough author of 1776. We will meet at the Prison Ships Martyrs Monument at Fort Greene Park in downtown Brooklyn. After seeing the burial site of 11,500 patriots, we will board a trolley and make
Central Park: North End Tour 7/15 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.  
Central Park: North End Tour
Roughly three-quarters of Central Park’s 38 million annual visitors enter south of the 106-acre Reservoir that divides the Park into two regions. Many remain unfamiliar with the remarkable landscapes of the northern end, their rich pre-park history, and the hidden treasures waiting to be discovered if you know where to look. Experience picturesque waterfalls that tumble through rugged woodlands and empty
Central Park: Playground Tour 7/15 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.  
Central Park: Playground Tour
Central Park’s 21 playgrounds are not part of its original design. At the time of the Park’s creation, the word “play-ground” meant exactly that: ground for play. The original Park included a handful of such landscapes in which children’s play was expressly permitted (though heavily regulated) as an exception to the general rule that the Park’s purpose was to offer scenic
Canoeing on the Bronx River 7/15 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.  
Canoeing on the Bronx River
Visit the Bronx River estuary, a community garden, a small, public park on private property, and a green infrastructure that filters storm water. Learn the history of the river that gave the borough its name and about the Bronx River Park Alliance which is developing this area. Tour will depart from NYU Kimmel Center and travel to  Concrete Plant Park.  Once
Bike with the Commish! 7/15 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.  
Bike with the Commish! Hudson River Greenway Tour with Adrian Benepe
By far the biggest car-free bicycle and pedestrian path New York City has ever seen, the Hudson River Greenway is a continuous 11-mile route between Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan and the Little Red Lighthouse underneath the George Washington Bridge (and beyond). The trail passes through Hudson River Park, Riverside Park South, Riverside Park and Fort Washington Park.
Washington Square and Beyond 7/15 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.  
Washington Square and Beyond
Leading New York City park designer George Vellonakis and NYC Department of Parks & Recreation’s Director of Art & Antiquities Jonathan Kuhn take you on a tour of historic Washington Square and its environs. Learn the history and significance of the park and its monuments, visit some of the neighborhood’s small yet vital parks, and learn about what continues to make
New Kids on the Block: Brooklyn Bridge Park and Governors Island 7/15 11:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
New Kids on the Block: Brooklyn Bridge Park and Governors Island
Get on board for one of New York's most exciting waterfront public spaces of the 21st century.  Begin your tour on the East River Ferry from Manhattan's Pier 11 and take the three-minute ride to the new Brooklyn Bridge Park. Stroll the pathways and promenades as you glimpse the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan's fabled skyline.  Grab a cone at
Olmsted in the 21st Century: Prospect Park 7/15 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.  
Olmsted in the 21st Century: Prospect Park
Tour one of the most beautifully designed landscapes in New York, Prospect Park.  Learn about the park’s wonderful history and complete revitalization from the people who work there today.  See the only forest in Brooklyn, restored with all native plants; the Audubon Center, in a gorgeous, beaux arts building; and the nearly- completed Lakeside project, designed by Tod Williams and Billie
Sunday by the Sea 7/15 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.  
Sunday by the Sea: Hudson River Park, Battery Park City and Battery Park
Start your tour at Pier 46, part of Hudson River Park.  See the fabulous athletic facilities and learn about the largest park to be added to New York since Central Park.  Walk south to Battery Park City to tour parks built on platforms and landfill that have been managed sustainably for 24 years.  Then on to The Battery where the Battery
Trail of the Squares 7/15 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.  
Trail of the Squares: Walking Tour of Washington, Union, Madison, Bryant and Times Squares
They are square, but these parks have changed the face of Manhattan and brought in billions of dollars and jobs to New York.  Walk from the historic, restored Washington Square Park to Times Square. See the redone Union Square Park, once a drug hang out, now a neighborhood asset; Madison Square Park restored and operated through a public/private partnership which has
Real Country in the City: Parks of Northeast Queens 7/15 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Real Country in the City: Parks of Northeast Queens
Northeast Queens has beautiful, natural areas including Alley Pond Park, a 657-acre park that features old growth forest, kettle ponds, fresh and salt water wetlands and even the endangered spotted salamander.  Tour Oakland Lake and Ravine and see extensive restoration as part of a NYC Department of Environmental Protection combined sewer overflow project.  Visit a restored 13-acre wetland, rain gardens and
Making More Play Space and a Green Neighborhood: Team Work! 7/16 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Making More Play Space and a Green Neighborhood:
Team Work!

New York City has partnered with several great groups to bring more useable open space to neighborhoods which have very little. Two such programs are Community Gardens and School Yards as Public Playgrounds. Visit Central Park East-Jackie Robinson Educational Complex in Harlem where a school yard was transformed into a beautiful public space for the students and the community. Sponsored by the
Managing Success at Hudson River Park 7/16 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Managing Success at Hudson River Park
Hudson River Park stretches the five miles from Battery Park City to 59th Street, making it the second largest waterfront park in the nation and the largest open space project in Manhattan since Central Park was completed.  It is the first in a series of waterfront revitalization efforts in New York, and is currently one of the most visited urban parks
21st Century Play 7/16 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
21st Century Play: Kids in Charge!
New York City has over 1,000 playgrounds throughout the five boroughs.  In recent years Parks and its partners have worked to break away from buckled up vandal resistant designs and offer spaces that allow children to play. Tour with designers and operations staff to see the future of play. Imagination Playground is a breakthrough play space designed by architect David Rockwell to
Lost and Found: Saw Mill River Daylighting in Yonkers 7/16 1:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Lost and Found: Saw Mill River Daylighting in Yonkers
The Saw Mill River Daylighting project is one of the most significant habitat restorations in the U.S. in terms of its ecological, economic and cultural impacts. A grassroots effort of the Saw Mill River Coalition and Groundwork Hudson Valley worked for more than a decade to reclaim this lost portion of the river.  Through ecological engineering a section of the river
Great Downtown Parks Re-Invented: Bryant and Madison Square Parks 7/16 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Great Downtown Parks Re-Invented: Bryant and Madison Square Parks
Tour Bryant Park, the first of the small park restorations which brought a big economic boom to Midtown Manhattan. This park was completely rebuilt, operated and programmed by the Bryant Park Corporation at no cost to the City.  Learn about how they did it and why it has worked so well. On to Madison Square Park, first built in 1847, and now
The Working Waterfront: Gantry Plaza State Park 7/16 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
The Working Waterfront: Gantry Plaza State Park
This beautiful, 12-acre park is located on the East River and is the playground of the residents of Long Island City.  The park's centerpieces are the restored gantries. These industrial monuments were once used to load and unload rail car floats and barges; today they are striking reminders of our waterfront's past.  See the fabulous views of Manhattan, including the Empire
Playing on the Roof Can Be Fun and Safe 7/16 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Playing on the Roof Can Be Fun and Safe: Heritage Park at Yankee Stadium
  As part of the new Yankee Stadium project, New York City has provided the South Bronx with state-of-the-art recreational facilities and kept its promise to replace every inch of parkland. The new  recreational facilities include: an all-weather soccer / football field surrounded by a 400-meter competition-quality track; four basketball courts; eight handball courts; a skate park; two playgrounds; a waterfront esplanade
Million Trees and a Great Bronx Park 7/16 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Million Trees and a Great Bronx Park
Tour Van Cortlandt Park with its new playing fields and extensive cross country course and see the important ways in which Million Trees works with forest restoration efforts. Since the inception of PlaNYC in 2007, the City of New York has planted over 546,000 trees towards its "Million Tree" goal. Approximately 65% of these trees have been planted in reforestation sites
Coney Island Tour 7/16 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Coney Island Tour
Meet at the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. After a brief history of Coney Island where the hot dog, amusement park and roller coaster were born, see how Coney Island is moving along from its amusements to its world- renowned boardwalk. See how the beach is maintained with modern equipment including machines originally designed for potato harvesting. Meet the Brooklyn Parks
Prospect Park: Insider's Tour 7/16 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Prospect Park: Insider’s Tour
Prospect Park Alliance President Emily Lloyd and Chief Landscape Architect Christian Zimmerman, FASLA, will lead you thru this beautiful, landmark park, meeting along the way with staff and community.  The natural areas restoration, the programming initiatives, the role of the public/private partnership, and the role of the community have been essential in restoring this 19th century park. Lakeside, the 21st century addition
Brooklyn Bridge Park: Insider’s Tour 7/16 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Brooklyn Bridge Park: Insider’s Tour
Join Regina Myer, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park and a principal of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, landscape architects, for an insider’s tour of Brooklyn’s newest and most sustainable waterfront park, constructed on the site of a former shipping port.  Learn how the park’s storm-water management system, habitat creation, use of salvaged materials and organic lawn treatments make Brooklyn Bridge Park the
Hallets Cove/Socrates Sculpture Park 7/16 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Hallets Cove/Socrates Sculpture Park
Hallets Cove is a unique protected cove on the East River in Astoria, Queens. Bounded by the Astoria Houses and esplanade to the north and Socrates Sculpture Park at its southern end, the cove contains a variety of mixed use and has been the focus of numerous redevelopment efforts over recent years. Priorities identified in a recent community visioning process conducted
Life Is a Walk In the Park 7/17 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Life is a Walk in the Park: Ft. Tryon Park
More often than not city parks serve as a great outdoor gym! Lace up your sneakers for this tour of  Ft. Tryon Park, as you power walk, bench stretch, and learn some new ways to keep fit without those fancy gyms!   Fort Tryon Park is a city, state, and national landmarked park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and his brother for
The Donald, Moses and Olmsted 7/17 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
The Donald, Moses and Olmsted: Riverside Park Has Them All
One could simply call Riverside Park South mitigation and move on.  But the fact that a 30-acre waterfront park, adequately maintained and well programmed, was part of the mitigation package - and not just roads and sewers and a school - speaks volumes to the importance of parks in the life of the community and the city.  Look at how the design of
Design on the Edge: Harlem River Park 7/17 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Design on the Edge: Harlem River Park
Harlem River Park is one of Manhattan’s newest ‘ribbon’ parks located at the western edge of the Harlem River and is on 20 acres between the Harlem River and Harlem River Drive, from 125th St to 145th.  The Park was a result of the “Design the Edge”  a partnership  of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance,  the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
Ultimate Urban Rooftop Design 7/17 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Ultimate Urban Rooftop Design: Riverbank State Park
Opened in 1993, Riverbank State Park is a 26-acre, multi-recreational facility located over the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant, on the Hudson River at the western edge of Harlem.  Hear the amazing story of this facility and how it came to be.  There is much to be learned about community outreach and programming, coordination of many agencies, design and long term
A Great Place for Teens: Salt Marsh Nature Center 7/17 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
A Great Place for Teens: Salt Marsh Nature Center
Tour the Salt Marsh Nature Center in Brooklyn's Marine Park, learn about New York City's Urban Park Rangers and see some great teen programs in action.  View the 530 acres of natural area grassland and salt marsh. The Urban Park Rangers programs such as The Ranger Conservation Corps (RCC), Explorer Programs, Adventure Program and The Natural Classroom allow young people to
The Modern-Day Historic Park 7/17 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
The Modern-Day Historic Park: A Management Tour of Central Park
The enduring relevance of Central Park’s essential purpose and ingenious design make it as valuable and valued a public space today as it was when it was created amid fierce skepticism that a park free and open to all New Yorkers would be shared and sustained. More than 150 years later, Central Park is used by more people in more ways
Williamsburg's Parks are as Hip as its People 7/17 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Williamsburg’s Parks are as Hip as its People
See McCarren Park Pool & Recreation Center opened in 1936 and closed to the public due to disrepair in 1983. As part of PlaNYC, Mayor Bloomberg allocated $50 million to restore it and it is now open.  Transformative rezoning was enacted in 2005, allowing residential development along what had been a declining industrial waterfront. The developers of residential housing were required to
Governors Island 7/17 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Governors Island: Insider’s Tour
Join Leslie Koch, president of The Trust for Governors Island, and a member of the West 8 design team for a tour of Governors Island. The Trust is transforming the Island with an ambitious capital program and extraordinary park and public spaces, designed by West 8. Tour an exhibition to learn more about the Island's innovative park and public space design
The Battery 7/17 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
The Battery: Where History, Business and Tourism Meet
The Battery is one of New York City’s oldest public parks. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan overlooking New York Harbor, The Battery hosted Dutch settlers when they established New Amsterdam. The Battery is truly the cradle of New York history, the front lawn of the Downtown district, and the hub of harbor access and cultural tourism. Over six million
Sustainable Design Guidlines 7/16 10:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.  
Sustainable Design Guidelines
How can our parks help address the challenges of the 21st century urban environment more effectively? Through better design, construction and maintenance practices, New York and other cities are improving air quality, storm water absorption and wildlife habitats; reducing the urban heat island effect; and adapting to climate change.  Speakers will share guidelines on cost-saving approaches to help reduce operating expenses
Opening Reception 7/15 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.  
Opening Reception at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers
Greater & Greener opens the conference program with a cocktail reception overlooking the Hudson River.  Located at the Lighthouse on Pier 61 in Chelsea Piers, conference attendees will enjoy spectacular views of the Hudson River adjacent to the revitalized waterfronts of Hudson River Park.  This event is included in your conference registration fee. Dress Code: Cocktail
Special Evening at Brooklyn Bridge Park 7/16 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.  
Special Evening at Brooklyn Bridge Park
One of New York’s newest park additions, Brooklyn Bridge Park blends the historic with the latest innovation to create what Gothamist calls “…the most spectacular and stunning addition to the city’s Parks system in recent memory.”  Join us across the East River for a marvelous evening of unique food (a la Top Chef), wine and beer (from our very own Waterfront
Special Screening at Brooklyn Bridge Park: Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks 7/16 9:00 p.m.- 10.15 p.m.  
Special Screening at Brooklyn Bridge Park: Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks
Join us under the stars for a special screening of Olmsted and America's Urban Parks, a one-hour documentary examining the formation of America’s first great city parks in the late 19th century through the enigmatic eyes of Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), visionary urban planner and landscape architect.  The film features Academy Award winning actor Kevin Kline as the
Closing Reception with Mayor Michael Bloomberg 7/17 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.  
Closing Reception
with Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Conference participants will receive a special invitation from Mayor Michael Bloomberg for this exclusive closing reception, a festive barbecue to wrap up four days of inspiring workshops and tours in the Big Apple.  This event is included in your conference registration fee.
Dress Code: Business Casual
How to Develop Public-Private Partnerships 7/17 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.  
How to Develop Public-Private Partnerships
This hands-on session will cover the nuts and bolts of partnerships between city government and the private sector.  Leaders will discuss how to develop a non-profit (board selection, fundraising, campaigns, endowments); legalities; budgets; and working with unions.  The session will feature representatives of several different public-private partnership models.  Limited to 50 people. This seminar option is included in your conference registration
Envisioning Parks for the 21st Century: An Essential Investment 7/17 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.  
Envisioning Parks for the 21st Century: An Essential Investment
Restoring a historic park system, retrofitting the parks of a completely built-out city, and building a new park network from scratch - three big challenges, three grand ideas to get it done. Hear visionary leaders from Pittsburgh, New York and Louisville discuss the impetus behind these concepts, how success is being achieved, and what they are learning in the
Building on Strength: Newark Revives its Parks 7/14 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  
Building on Strength: Newark Revives its Parks
Newark, NJ has undergone a tremendous transformation over the last decade with new cultural institutions, commercial development, housing, and parks. Visit the year-old Championship Plaza at Prudential Center and discuss the opportunities and challenges with building a new, meaningful gathering space. See Military Park, designated a park in 1697, and learn about the latest plans for its transformation. Visit the 100-year-old Olmsted firm designed Riverbank Park in
A 21st Century European Emerald Necklace 7/16 10:15 am - 11:30 am  
A 21st Century European Emerald Necklace: The Green Belt of Ostend
In 2010, the City of Ostend on the Belgian coast established a cross-border cooperative agreement with the Rother District in South England. The project aims to deliver improvements to parks and open spaces and to improve green linkages connecting urban areas and their rural surroundings. The partners focus on 6 projects (3 Belgian and 3 English) developed separately, but assessed through
Exploring the New Green City 7/16 09:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.  
Exploring the New Green City
A group of thinkers and practitioners talk about what our cities could look like and the role of parks and green space in realizing cities’ full potential.  Discussion will focus on trends, challenges, new models of urban living.  What do parks people need to think about?  What will cities look like?  Who will live in them?  How will they need to
Funding the New Green City 7/17 09:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.  
Funding the New Green City
Alternative funding models for parks, while essential to helping our cities add and keep open space, are also raising many questions.  How do we keep the public dollars in parks? How does a city balance the needs of downtown investment with neighborhood development?  How can we marry private sector innovation with equitable provision of space in all kinds of neighborhoods? How
Managing the New York City Park System: Doing More with Less 7/17 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.  
Managing the New York City Park System: Doing More with Less
How has New York City sustained its operations against the backdrop of reduced public funding for parks?  NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and partners will discuss their ratings system, welfare to work program, park administrator model and partnerships.   This seminar option is included in your conference registration fee.  Limited to 50
International Parks Forum 7/17 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.  
International Parks Forum
Parks for Life, an international collaboration working to build a stronger framework for urban parks, is convening this special gathering to explore ways to strengthen the international network of organizations advocating for urban parks, leverage World Parks Day, and other ideas to expand appreciation of the importance of urban parks to the health and well-being of urban communities worldwide.








Site Map | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | © 2012 City Parks Alliance  | Design: oLo