City Workshops: Tailored Solutions

Diverse demands and limited resources for urban park systems require city leaders to collaborate more effectively across sectors, leveraging civic assets as well as funding and expertise from the public, nonprofit, and private realms.

City Parks Alliance offers workshops in three formats to address this need. The Park Partnership Engagement and Workshop focuses on strengthening citywide park partnerships in a host city; the Learning Exchange focuses on a single park or set of partners in a host city; and the half-day Skill-Building Workshop is a stand-alone workshop designed to help participants strengthen skills in a particular area. Workshops are designed to help park and recreation leaders:

  • Build skills for effective cross-sector park partnerships, developing their collaborative governance capacity.
  • Seed replication of innovation by learning about best practices and effective strategies from other cities with similar challenges and opportunities.
  • Support new collaborative partnerships by hosting workshops locally with cross-sector participation.

Park Partnership Engagements have been held in Detroit and Flint, MI, Birmingham, AL, San Jose, CA, Charlestown, MA, Kansas City, MO, Brownsville, TX, and Baltimore, MD, with upcoming engagements in Chattanooga, TN, and Washington, DC.  Skill-Building Workshops have been held in Traverse City, MI, Saint Paul, MN, St. Louis, MO and Denver, CO.

Seed funding provided by Knight Foundation. Funding for development of curriculum, case studies, videos, and work in four cities provided by The JPB Foundation.

Recent Workshops

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