An Urban Agenda for Parks Planning

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • How planning for parks and park systems can help cities address a broader urban agenda related to resilience, equity, connectivity, and economic development
  • Challenges and opportunities involved in parks planning across a diverse range of urban context
  • Innovative approaches to community engagement, analysis, and implementation from parks planning practitioners in  the public and private sectors

Successful projects such as the High Line in New York have renewed interest in parks and park systems as vital urban infrastructure that contributes to a resilient, equitable, connected, and prosperous city. This new perspective creates both new opportunities and new challenges for parks planning practitioners. How do we measure, understand, and communicate the impact of park systems on the health and well-being of cities? How do we align the specifics of our parks plans with the broader goals of urban regeneration? Learn how Raleigh, N.C., aligned park investment with new development to address equity amid rapid growth. Hear how projects along the Chicago River and Pittsburgh’s Allegheny River have substantially improved river ecology and boosted economic development. Explore how Dallas used a data-driven approach to demonstrate the economic and social value of a better-connected parks system. Collectively, these examples will inspire you to plan parks that creatively improve urban environments.


Connie Chung , HR&A Advisors, Inc. , New York , NY (see bio)
Briana Hensold , Agency Landscape + Planning , Cambridge , MA (see bio)
Roberta Fox , 220 Fayetteville S treet , Raleigh , NC (see bio)