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Institute for Urban Parks

All communities deserve great urban parks.

“Helping Other Parks” is a core value of the Central Park Conservancy and is a part of our organizational mission. As a leader in the field of urban park management and public-private park partnerships, the Conservancy’s success has paved the way for countless other urban parks and the partnerships that support them.

The Institute for Urban Parks, founded in 2013, provides professional education, capacity building, peer-to-peer exchange, and thought leadership to strengthen the field of urban park management so that all park professionals have the skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to create and support successful and sustainable parks.

Explore our program areas to learn more about how the Institute can help you.

Thought Leadership Events

Learn from other park professionals at our seminars, webinars, conferences, practitioner workshops and roundtables.

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Continuing Education

Enhance your skills and advance your work with our executive education and certificate programs.

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Partnerships Lab

Our newest program helps organizations build their capacity to plan, develop, and maintain great public places.

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Peer-to-Peer Exchange

Have a question? Complete the Institute for Urban Parks Inquiry Form.

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Resources & Tools

Find resources to enhance your impact and improve your parks, including publications, presentations, videos, and more.

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Support for the Institute for Urban Parks is provided by The JPB Foundation, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, Ralph & Ricky Lauren, Sarah Peter, and Mr. & Mrs. Russell L. Carson.