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The Future of Urban Parks: The Challenges of Managing
Urban green spaces grow increasingly in importance as cities expand with rising population densities and ever-increasing development over the next several decades. How do we set-aside and create parks while preserving necessary wild and planned green spaces within the greater pressures for urban development? What skills and resources do park professionals need to deal with the modern unique green space challenges? Tom and Scott will speak about innovative ways to provide healthy and engaging new green spaces through the discussion of several innovative places that have been built with a perspective towards modern public use. Places like the RFK Greenway in Boston, the High Line in New York City, the Parklands at Floyds Fork, and Millennium Park in Chicago will be used as examples to answer the ways we are developing and managing the challenges to provide desirable, relevant, and responsive green spaces. They will outline how design and operational management is applied to all greenspaces to make them successful and durable public places that provide important ecological services.

Speakers:
Tom Smarr
Executive Director
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, Devon, Pennsylvania

Scott Stewart, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Millennium Park Foundation, Chicago, Illinois

Host:
Scott Martin
Executive Director
River Heritage Conservancy

Dec 9, 2020 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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