NPC17 Program: 2017 National Planning Conference
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Newark is the largest city in the New Jersey. The City experienced decades of population decline triggered by rebellions in the late 1960’s. However, in the last half of the 20th century, Newark started to see an increase in population, and is projected to gain an additional 68,000 residents by 2040. Planners will showcase some of Newark’s most recent development initiatives.
Learn how NYC Parks, working with communities and sister agencies, is unifying park spaces with the neighborhoods they serve and creating new centers of community by reimagining entrances, edges, and park-adjacent spaces through its Parks Without Borders initiative.
Explore how the National Park Service and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association—once at odds—are now partnering to advance a bold new regional trails vision. Learn how changes in user demand have shifted attitudes and revealed new approaches to resource management and advocacy.
How can we best balance access, use and conservation of parks and natural areas? Come explore a new experiential and needs-based park system planning model focused on the recreation experience, developed in Portland, Oregon.
Outside of traditional park space, how can the design of public spaces promote health? Exploring examples from New York City, this session will illustrate how innovative, inclusive design interventions can foster healthier, more engaged communities.
Take a walking tour of the World Trade Center's impressive outdoor built environment. The tour will focus on the contribution of this new public space to New York’s urban fabric as well as the planning and design elements that make it such a successful and inclusive addition to the city's outdoor environment.
Explore the processes and tools employed in the first stage of the Central Puget Sound Regional Open Space Strategy, and discuss how these innovative landscape-scale “green infrastructure” planning techniques can be applied to other regions.
As renewed interest in waterfronts spurs new residential and commercial growth, how do the waterfront parks, walkways, bikeways, and plazas get created? Explore how cities are using zoning and creating new partnerships to plan and finance new waterfront public spaces to reconnect their communities with the water’s edge.
How can planners forecast and maximize the benefits of driverless and shared mobility technology? Explore the multi-disciplinary challenges and opportunities new transportation technologies present—and investigate practical steps for orchestrating land-use, transportation, and economic development harmony.
Population, industry and recreation adjacent to urban waterways have dramatically shifted over the last decade. Chicago, New York City and Spokane are grappling with these trends and developed action plans to collaboratively address perceptions and tensions while redefining their riverfronts.
Public and private investments have changed the nature of public spaces in the Meatpacking District. A short stretch of Gansevoort Street highlights the variety and interaction between traditional public space (a plaza at 9th Avenue), creatively reused infrastructure (the High Line and Hudson River parks), and cultural institutions that embrace the street (the Whitney Museum).
Scott Newman | Lisa Switkin | Noreen Doyle
Take a walking tour of Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, N.Y. , the historic site of two World’s Fairs. Learn about this enduring open space, see the “Panorama of New York” from the 1964 Word's Fair, and hear what its new Strategic Framework Plan holds for the future of this place.
The Great Urban Parks Campaign equips communities to improve social and environmental outcomes while applying green infrastructure principles and practices in parks. Learn about four pilot projects that are showcasing how green infrastructure can be leveraged to improve multiple outcomes.
Take a ferry ride across Raritan Bay and tour county, state and national historic sites in Monmouth County, N.J. You will learn how historic preservation, restoration, public finance, and public-private partnerships combine to create tourism experiences while preserving local and national history.
Central Park’s 843 acres host a staggering 2,500 special events every year. Tour this world-famous park and gain an overview of the kinds of special events that take place in it and how they are managed to ensure the long-term sustainability of its landscapes.
Russell Fredericks | Jamie Warren
In 2014, NYC Parks launched the Community Parks Initiative, a $285 million program to redesign and reconstruct some of the city’s most under-resourced parks. Learn how the agency connected local stakeholders, leveraged city resources, and reinvigorated park spaces in the poorest, densest, and fastest-growing communities in the city.
Visit two nationally-recognized historic properties and learn about policy tools used to protect them. The Glass House is one of the nation’s greatest modern architectural landmarks. Weir Farm National Historic Site is the only national park dedicated to American painting.
Charles Janson | Linda Cook | Gregory Sages
As public funding for urban parks decreases, cities are turning to other models of support. This facilitated discussion will show how three cities experiencing downtown growth partner with BIDs to sustain parks and enhance the vitality of public spaces.
The Stonewall National Monument in New York City was designated as an historic and notable American symbol for LGBTQ equality in June 2016. This session discusses the history and issues with this designation process and its relevance to other sites and communities across the U.S.
Parks have the power to reinvigorate urban spaces. Explore several high-profile parks planning projects and gain insight into how they helped cities creatively foster resilience, equity, connectivity, and economic development.
Across two decades of planning, design and implementation, the Downtown Columbus Riverfront has been completely transformed. A 2016 APA National Planning Excellence award-winner, improvements include five new riverfront parks, a restored river ecosystem, and the creation of new urban districts.