Urban Park Roundtable

The Urban Park Roundtable, held every spring, fall, and winter, convenes park professionals from around the country to collectively develop "next practices” in urban park management.

Register now for the virtual winter Urban Park Roundtable on February 24, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm ET.

The winter Roundtable will explore the challenges and opportunities around workforce development for urban parks. We’re excited to virtually host this event in partnership with the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance. We’ll bring together leaders from across industries and the country to brainstorm creative and sustainable workforce solutions for their organizations.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Tracy, Director of National Programs, [email protected], and Sophie Neuhaus, National Programs Coordinator, [email protected].

Looking Ahead
Save the date for this year’s spring and fall in-person Urban Park Roundtable events.

Spring 2022: Equitable Park Development
Join us in St. Louis, MO, May 11–12, 2022, alongside the Gateway Arch Park Foundation as we explore the role equity plays in park development at multiple scales, as well as the role of urban parks in equitable economic development.

Fall 2022: Community Co-Creation in Urban Parks
Join us in Los Angeles, CA, October 13–14, 2022, as we investigate how urban parks can become sites for justice by providing space for communities to tackle pressing social issues. The fall 2022 Roundtable will be hosted in partnership with with Grand Park.

About the Urban Park Roundtables
Since 2017, the Institute has hosted the Urban Park Roundtable, in partnership with urban park organizations in cities around the US. In 2020, the series expanded to include virtual events.

In 2020, the series expanded to include annual virtual events. Past partners include Chicago, IL (NeighborSpace); Detroit, MI (City of Detroit Parks & Recreation, Public Space Planning Unit); Austin, TX (The Trail Foundation); San Francisco, CA (Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and The Presidio Trust); Buffalo, NY (Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy); and Pittsburgh, PA (Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy). Topics have focused on the role of park partnerships in the care and management of urban parks, such as corporate philanthropy; establishing successful partnerships; strategic adaptations in response to COVID19; and key performance indicators for urban parks.

Learn more about the Urban Park Roundtable, featured in the March 2020 National Recreation and Park Association’s Parks & Recreation Magazine , and download the Institute’s Urban Park Roundtable Report, Strategic Adaptations in Urban Park Management: Responding to COVID-19.