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Thought Leadership 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 institute@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 | Spring 2019

Hosted by: The Institute for Urban Parks and The Trail Foundation

Date: Wednesday, April 10 – Friday, April 12, 2019

Location: The LINE Austin Hotel, 111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, Texas 78701

The spring 2019 Roundtable will examine public-private park partnerships and the challenges and successes typically experienced when building a partnership for an urban park. Through peer-to-peer exchange, case studies, and park tours, participants will explore the development and value of the partnership model and how best to utilize it. Informal evening gatherings offer participants an opportunity to network and engage with the broader urban park community.

There is no fee to attend the Urban Park Practitioners Roundtable. Registration is required. Capacity is limited to 40 participants (maximum of 2 representatives per organization). Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodations. Some meals will be provided and a preferred rate is available for participants at the LINE Austin Hotel. Please register at your earliest convenience at Eventbrite.

Photo credit: Matthew Bradford/HankNTank Photography

Browse our past Institute events and access presentations, videos, and other reference materials.