Urban Park Roundtable

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

Join us this fall for our next Urban Park Roundtable, a virtual convening on the role of parks in the recovery of urban cities after the COVID-19 pandemic. Register for this online event.


Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET, Friday, November 13, 2020, 12:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Participation is free, registration is required. Capacity is limited to 2 representatives per organization.

As cities continue to navigate the impact of COVID-19, now more than ever parks are being recognized as essential to the health of cities. Facing dramatic changes in use and drastic budget cuts, park organizations are adapting by creating new operations guidelines and innovative fundraising and programming opportunities. This Roundtable will focus on the role of parks and park partnerships in the recovery of cities, as urban park managers and park nonprofits navigate COVID-19 and its effects. Participants will reflect on the past nine months, share their learnings, hear from park organizations that quickly pivoted programs and policies at the height of the pandemic, and learn about how they are planning for the future.

Participants spend two days immersed in facilitated discussions, learning from peers, while sharing insights, experiences, and expertise.

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 including 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; 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.