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.

Looking Ahead

Fall 2022: Convening Community in Urban Parks

Join us in Los Angeles, CA, on October 13 & 14, 2022, as we explore how urban parks can cultivate community ownership and dialogue through intentional communication, programming, and relationship-building. Together, we’ll brainstorm strategies for improving accessibility and fostering a sense of belonging in and collective ownership of urban parks. The fall 2022 Roundtable will be hosted in partnership with Grand Park as part of their 10th-anniversary celebration. Registration will open later this summer.

Fall Urban Park Roundtable in Los Angeles, California: October 13 & 14, 2022

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

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. The series has now expanded to include annual virtual events. In 2020, the series expanded to include virtual events. Past partners include St. Louis, MO (Forest Park Forever, Gateway Arch Park Foundation, Great Rivers Greenway, Tower Grove Park); 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.