Special Events Management in Central Park

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
CM | 2.50
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You'll learn about:

  • Management tools used by the Central Park Conservancy to ensure that Central Park’s landscapes endure

  • The benefits and challenges of special events and how events in Central Park are permitted and approved 

  • The steps involved in preparing for, executing, and recovering from large events in Central Park

  • How to balance a public events schedule and effective long-term care of the park 

Join this tour of world-famous Central Park to explore how the Central Park Conservancy and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation plan for and manage large special events. Central Park’s 843 acres host more than 2,500 special events every year. New York City, through NYC Parks, issues permits for all special events in city parks, including Central Park, and sets all park-related policy. The Central Park Conservancy, as the city’s partner in managing Central Park, ensures these policies are upheld.

Special events bring many benefits to park users, but they can also restrict public use of space, generate trash and litter, stress lawns, and damage park infrastructure. To minimize these impacts, the Central Park Conservancy has developed a set of successful management strategies that maximize public use of space and foster the quickest recovery of park landscapes. Learn about these strategies from tour leaders, who will use the parks landscapes to discuss both small-scale and high-profile events, like the Global Citizen’s Concert and the NYC Marathon.