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.

Register now for the fall Urban Park Roundtable, November 4-5, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.

The fall Roundtable will focus on cultivating successful collaborations through the lens of linear parks. The event will be held in partnership with NeighborSpace in Chicago, Illinois. Together, we will engage in thoughtful peer-to-peer discussions, hear from guest speakers, and take a tour of The Bloomingdale Trail at The 606.

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. Past partners include 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.