APA New Jersey Chapter


Sunday, February 10, 2019
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. EST

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Parks and public spaces are vital to the livability of cities. As the country urbanizes and demographics of the American population shift, parks and public spaces are gaining greater importance as places for physical health, mental health, and social interaction. New York City has embarked on a new strategy to address the future of parks by redefining the role of public space in the 21st century through equity, innovation, planning, and placemaking.

Learn how NYC Parks, working with communities, sister agencies, and partners, is unifying park spaces with the neighborhoods they serve by reimagining entrances, edges, and park-adjacent spaces through its new Parks Without Borders initiative. Understand the challenges and opportunities and see a variety of innovative and thoughtful design solutions.

This keynote will address the role of parks and public space in the 21st century, and the key initiatives NYC Parks has implemented to plan and design for place and people. Attendees will learn about the planning and capital process needed to support an innovative approach to redesigning underused and nontraditional areas of parks and urban spaces within the public realm. Commissioner Silver will discuss key principles for designing open, welcoming, inclusive spaces that connect to their surroundings and how equity is being used to redefine the role of public space.


Mitchell Silver, FAICP

Confirmed Speaker

Mitchell J. Silver became Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation in May 2014. Commissioner Silver is also a past president of the American Planning Association. He is an award-winning planner with more than 30 years of experience and he is internationally recognized for his leadership ... Read More

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