Institute for Urban Parks

Since its earliest days, the Conservancy has provided critical assistance and support to parks throughout New York City and across the globe.

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.

Read more about the Institute's work in our Impact Report.


"New Parks Era: A Collective Vision for Open Space in NYC" is an action agenda coalescing the ideas of public realm stewards for equitable open space in NYC. It builds upon the multi-year efforts of the City Parks Foundation, their Green Relief and Recovery Fund, and the Park and Open Space Partners Coalition.

When the COVID-19 crisis hit, the concept of space itself was upended. As in past pandemics, our urban parks and open spaces were thrust into the spotlight, and presented with both hardships and opportunities. Representing 65 public realm advocacy organizations, many of whom convened together for the first time, this report lays out a roadmap for how New York City can harness the potential of this vital urban infrastructure and build a stronger city from it.

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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.

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Meet the Institute

The Institute’s team brings a combination of nonprofit expertise and experience—in park management, design, philanthropy, facilitation, and evaluation—through our work to support park professionals and the care of urban parks in New York City and around the country.