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Park-to-Park Events

The Institute hosts events throughout the year, bringing together urban park professionals to share experiences and expertise in an effort to improve park care. Through a variety of formats and topics, participants examine both challenges and successes in urban park management.

View all events and register below, or contact Chris Cousino at ccousino@centralparknyc.org for more information.


The Institute convenes "The Practitioners Roundtable" biannually in predetermined cities around the United States. Focusing on specific issues in urban park management, participants will collectively develop "next practices" thought leadership and a community of practice. The results of each Roundtable are published in a white paper and shared with the broader urban park community.


The Institute for Urban Parks Webinar Series provides online opportunities for urban park managers from around the world to learn about the techniques and practices used by the Central Park Conservancy. Webinar topics focus on questions received from other urban park managers. Video recordings and PDFs from past webinars are saved and can be found in the resource archive linked below.


The Institute's bi-annual conference brings together urban park managers from the non-profit and public sectors, including leaders from parks’ conservancies, alliances, and friends groups, as well as leading urban park academics and practitioners. Participants have the opportunity for peer learning, networking, exploration of current challenges, and discussion of new methods and strategies.

Upcoming Events


Urban Park Practitioners Roundtable | Fall 2018

Join the Institute for Urban Parks and our co-hosts the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Presidio Trust this fall for the next Urban Park Practitioners Roundtable!

Date: Wednesday, November 14 – Friday, November 16, 2018

Location: The Lodge at the Presidio, San Francisco, CA

The fall 2018 roundtable will conclude a three-part series of discussions on key performance indicators (KPIs) for urban parks. Through case studies, tours, and small group discussions, participants will explore the development and value of KPIs and how best to utilize them.

There is no fee to attend the Urban Park Practitioners Roundtable. Registration is required. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodations. Meals will be provided. To avoid transportation difficulties, we strongly recommend staying at the Lodge at the Presidio.

Capacity is limited to 40 participants. Due to space restrictions, each organization may register a maximum of two (2) representatives. Please register at your earliest convenience through this Eventbrite link.

Browse our past Park-to-Park events and access presentations, videos, and other reference materials.