The Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks, founded in 2013, draws on the Conservancy’s history and expertise as a leader in the field of urban park management and public-private park partnerships to empower, inform, connect, and celebrate the individuals and organizations that care for urban parks so that all urban park organizations have the knowledge, leadership, connections, and capacity to create, maintain, and support great public spaces.
Designed for senior-level urban park professionals, the Leadership Program offers the skills and knowledge critical to the successful management of urban parks and the public-private partnerships that support them.
The Certificate program provides a professional non-credit credential for current urban park managers and focuses on practices critical to the care and management of urban parks.
Through a collaborative eight-month process, the Institute engages with organizations and agencies in New York City and across the country, helping them strengthen their ability to foster great parks and public spaces.
Since 2014, the Five Borough Program—operated in partnership with NYC Parks—is designed to create lasting change in the care and resiliency of parks throughout New York City.
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Support for the Institute for Urban Parks is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Mr. & Mrs. Russell L. Carson, Charina Endowment Fund, The Jerome L. Greene Foundation, Nadine & Michael Grobstein, The JPB Foundation, Ralph & Ricky Lauren, Ira & Susan Millstein, Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, Sarah Peter, and The Prospect Hill Foundation, Inc.