Urban Park Study Tours
City Parks Alliance shines a spotlight on innovative urban park systems through its park study tours. The tours are two-and-a-half-day events developed in partnership with host cities designed to highlight the people, places, and partnerships that make their park system special and that contribute to vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities. During the park study tour, participants from around the country will visit local parks, hear from park leaders and their partners, and learn how these special places are designed, programmed, and managed.
Park Study Tour Goals
The local host city works with City Parks Alliance to create a tour schedule that showcases their parks, trails, and gardens and provides learning opportunities for attendees who represent public, nonprofit, and private sector park professionals from around the country.
In past years, park study tours have been hosted in Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, Toronto, and Cleveland.
Park Study Tour goals include:
Explore Park Innovation:
Park tours highlight new approaches to park design, management, programming, funding, and partnerships in parks throughout the selected city from downtown to neighborhoods.
Amplify New Partnerships:
Tour attendees will learn how community-led efforts, cross-agency, and cross-sector partnerships are working together to improve the selected city’s park system and the health and quality of life of its residents.
Share Resource Strategies:
We explore how the selected city has leveraged resources and opportunities to grow and strengthen its parks and recreational programs.
Network and Connect:
The tour provides opportunities for leaders from the City Parks Alliance membership network to learn from each other in both formal and informal ways and strengthen relationships.
- Excellent opportunity to learn from leaders in other cities about their challenges and initiatives (cross learning) – the tours are a nice group size such that meaningful discussions happen organically on the tour.Matthew Cutler Office of the General Manager (Former) Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Upcoming Park Tours
Cleveland, OH | September 2018
During this park tour, participants learned about Cleveland’s innovative cross-agency and cross-sector partnerships and how they are working collaboratively to improve their park system and the residents’ quality of life. The tour focused on urban infrastructure agencies, such as the Sewer District and Port Authority to revitalize its waterfront, connect its neighborhoods, and develop its parks as urban infrastructure. The tour visited key sites like Public Square, Edgewater Beach House, the Red Line Greenway, and Rockefeller Park Cultural Gardens. Learn more about the Cleveland park tour here.