Population growth, demographic shifts, and changes to the physical landscape are causing rapid and transformative changes in cities across the world. Parks are a special intersection between people and nature within the urban matrix.
At Yale next week, the F&ES-based Hixon Center for Urban Ecology will convene a conference to examine the future of urban parks — and how researchers and practitioners can create and sustain better public green spaces.
The conference, to be held on Nov. 13 in Kroon Hall, will be co-hosted by the New York City Urban Field Station and 21st
Century Parks, a Kentucky-based nonprofit that creates and develops new public parklands. View the full agenda
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended
”We know that cities are changing, so we need new ideas and new science to respond to those transformations,” said Colleen Murphy-Dunning
, director of the Hixon Center. “With this conference, we will bring together scientists and managers to share their understanding and experience of these changes, discuss projections, and hear new ideas for managing and sustaining urban parks to meet future needs.”
The conference will include sessions that address three themes: the relation of parks to internal and peripheral edges within cities, the tension between how wild or structured parks should be, and the question of how to fund parks in a changing governmental and financial landscape.
In the keynote address, Mitchell J. Silver
, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, will discuss the future of parks and public space. Silver, the former president of the American Planning Association, has helped guide a strategy the redefines the role of New York public spaces in the 21st
The closing keynote address will be delivered by Daniel Jones
Chairman and CEO of 21st Century Parks
, which has created an innovative network of urban parks in Louisville that aims to redefine the city’s suburban landscape in a way that “brings nature into neighborhoods.”
Based at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology
works to understand and enhance the urban environment.