Urban Park Management Certificate

The Urban Park Management Certificate, offered in partnership with the City University of New York School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS), provides a professional non-credit credential for current urban park managers and focuses on practices critical to the care and management of urban parks.

The fall 2020 session of the Certificate will convene September 14 – December 13. The application deadline is August 4.

Program Details


Students explore topics relevant to their current work, gain a deeper understanding of the latest developments and challenges in the field of urban park management, and engage with a network of urban park managers in an interactive online environment. The Certificate covers the following topics:

  • Introducing the Field of Urban Park Management
  • Valuing Partnerships
  • Engaging Communities
  • Coordinating Volunteers
  • Hosting Programs
  • Managing Special Events
  • Assessing Environmental Sustainability
  • Working with Tools and Technology
  • Managing During Capital Improvements
  • Measuring Performance in Urban Park Management
  • Making Checklists for Tasks in Urban Parks
  • Affirming our Commitments

All 12 units within the program must be successfully completed in order to earn the certificate. Students who complete the program receive a certificate jointly from the Central Park Conservancy and CUNY SPS.

Schedule and Program Details

The next Urban Park Management Certificate session will be held September 14 – December 13, 2020. Students participate in fully online course work for 12 weeks. The self-paced program requires students to commit to 3 hours of work per week, including the completion of weekly assignments.

The COVID-19 crisis has caused widespread financial challenges for urban park organizations and agencies around the world. In order to make the Certificate program as accessible as possible during these challenging times, the Fall 2020 program fee has been reduced to $250. 

Admissions Criteria

We encourage applicants with entry- to mid-level positions in public agencies (i.e. parks departments) and nonprofit urban parks groups (i.e. conservancies, friends groups, or other park organizations directly providing support to an urban park) to apply.

We seek applicants who:

  • Have 3-5 years of experience in urban parks
  • Have fewer than 10 total direct and/or indirect reports
  • Are working “in the field” (e.g., horticulture, operations, maintenance, events, public, recreation, etc.)
  • Are interested in developing their current role

For More Information

Please contact: Philip Silva, Director of Continuing Education and Evaluation, Institute for Urban Parks at: psilva@centralparknyc.org