14 - 25 Jun 2021Ended

City Parks Alliance Summer Series


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"The Power of Parks"
TWO WEEKS OF DYNAMIC CONVERSATIONS & EVENTS: The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic recession have challenged park and recreation staff and .. Read more city budgets at a time when the need for equitable access to healthy outdoor spaces has never been greater. This year, in lieu of an in-person Greater & Greener conference, City Parks Alliance is pleased to present the Summer Series, two weeks of virtual programming that addresses the most pressing issues faced by urban park and recreation leaders in light of the crises of the past year. Join us for conversations focused on how cities are reckoning with racial justice, building an inclusive workforce, driving an equitable economic recovery, and leveraging parks, recreation, and public spaces to connect people and create stronger, more resilient communities. The Summer Series offers a range of engagement options, with light pacing over ten days, featuring innovators throughout North America.


  • Mayors Panel and Keynotes
  • Interactive and Collaborative Sessions
  • Networking
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Opening Ceremony
Summer Series Welcome
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to demonstrate the essential role of city park and recreation staff and resources. And they continue
Catherine Nagel
Catherine Nagel Executive Director
Mayors Panel
PanelIn 2020, US cities struggled with the health and economic fall-out of the COVID-19 pandemic while also
Melvin Carter
Melvin Carter Mayor, Saint Paul, MN
David Holt
David Holt Mayor, Oklahoma City, OK
Building a Diverse Workforce for 21st Century Parks
Innovation RoundFor decades, environmental and parks organizations have struggled to diversify their staff
Sarah Anderson
Sarah Anderson Director of Career Pathways, American Forests
Al Bangoura
Al Bangoura Superintendent, Minneapolis Park and Recreati..
Landforce: Combining Workforce Development and Land Stewardship
SpotlightCommunities around the country are recognizing that city parks are powerful tools to create job opportuni
The Rail Park: Partnering with the Chinatown Community to Drive Inclusive Development
Virtual Mobile WorkshopJoin us for a virtual mobile tour of Philadelphias Rail Park and the Chinatown neighborhood
Rebecca Cordes Chan
Rebecca Cordes Chan Executive Director, Friends of the Rail Park
James Crowder
James Crowder Senior Associate, Policy Link
Being Black and Brown Outside: Connecting Our Youth with Nature
PanelBetween the pandemic and civil unrest, now more than ever, members of black, indigenous, and communiti
Mariela Fernandez
Mariela Fernandez Assistant Professor, Parks, Recreation, and T..
Olivia Glenn
Olivia Glenn Deputy Commissioner, New Jersey Department of..
The Movement for Black Lives & Building Belonging in Parks
SpotlightAs uprisings against police brutality and structural racism swept the country, Fort Greene Park emerged a
Emily Anadu
Emily Anadu Founder, The Lay Out
David Barker
David Barker Director, Fort Greene Park, NYC Parks
Resilient Waterfronts
PanelAs extreme weather events become more frequent and sea-level rise accelerates, coastal and Great Lakes
Maria Nardi
Maria Nardi Director, Miami Dade County Parks, Recreation..
Sarah Neilson
Sarah Neilson Chief of Policy and Long-Range Planning, NYC ..
Hot, Wet, and Racist: Democratizing Data for Climate Justice
SpotlightIt's getting hot and wet in our cities and we know two things: not all neighborhoods will be impac
Catherine Mingoya
Catherine Mingoya Director of Capacity Building, Groundwork USA

Post and Play: Get Outside and Show Us the #PowerOfParks in Your Community
Social Media EventJust another day at the office? Hardly. This session place holder is designed to get you
Parks Leading a Healthy and Just Recovery
PanelDuring this session park leaders from around the country will share how they are placing parks at the
Jesús Aguirre
Jesús Aguirre Superintendent, Seattle Parks and Recreation
Phil Ginsburg
Phil Ginsburg General Manager, San Francisco Recreation and..
Building Community Ownership through Engagement
Innovation Round PresentationsEnsuring public spaces reflect and support local residents and diverse cultures requ
Teresa Bendito
Teresa Bendito Co-Founder, Parque PadrinosTe
Bianca Butts
Bianca Butts Consultant, Neighborhood Connections
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