City Workshops: Tailored Solutions
Diverse demands and limited resources for urban park systems require city leaders to work more effectively across sectors, leveraging civic assets as well as funding and expertise from the public, nonprofit, and private realms. Workshops allow park and recreation leaders to:
- 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.
Workshops are led by professional facilitators and utilize a unique curriculum that includes interactive, peer-to-peer learning where city leadership teams and cross-sector partners explore new approaches to challenges and jump-start new collaborations. They are customized to meet the needs of local communities and can be offered in single and half-day formats.
Past workshops have been held in Detroit, Birmingham, Flint, Los Angeles, Saint Paul, Traverse City, San Jose, Charlestown, and Kansas City.
Interested in Bringing a Workshop to Your City?
- City Parks Alliance's workshop process helped Railroad Park Foundation in numerous ways. It highlighted best practices from other parks/green space organizations across the nation, spurring ideas and creating meaningful input about the importance of parks and greenspace in Birmingham, AL. It provided an important opportunity for attraction parks, city leadership and city parks & recreation leaders to come together. Additionally, it galvanized conversations about funding for parks and led to an exciting idea regarding how our local parks can work together to raise awareness and funds.Camille Spratling Executive Director Railroad Park Foundation Birmingham, AL
- We are truly fortunate to have connected with City Parks Alliance as we sought to improve the loose network of community organizations and activists with whom we work. CPA conducted a workshop that opened our eyes and provided us with practical, usable skills and knowledge to make our network much more powerful. That workshop has taken us to a higher level. Thanks to CPA and Caryn Ernst.James P. Reber Executive Director San Jose Parks Foundation San Jose, CA
Other 2019 Workshops
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Baltimore’s Parks & People Foundation, in partnership with Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks and The Conservation Fund, is interested in creating a model for working collaboratively with cross-sector partners and coordinating fundraising efforts to increase resources for parks. The goal of the workshop is to help create a shared vision and priorities for joint fundraising and define clear roles among partners. The timing is advantageous as the Department of Recreation & Parks is establishing a new office of community engagement to strengthen community outreach and more effectively work with “friends” groups. The workshop will provide a foundational framework for this new effort to build more effective strategies around community engagement.
After the previous mayor dismantled the Parks department in 2013, the city has been struggling to establish a coordinated effort around designing and maintaining its parks, with nonprofits and other partners stepping in to fill the void. The current mayor is now focused on activating and programming parks, especially in low-income communities. This is an opportune time for a workshop to help the city establish roles, stronger partnerships, and better outreach to low-income and communities of color. In addition, this work will build on their 10-Minute Walk Campaign, as well as complement a city-wide park system master planning process kicking off this year. The Chattanooga Division of Open Spaces, The Trust for Public Land, and Chattanooga Design Studio have a history of successful collaboration and will be working together to host the workshop.
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation has worked to advance community-based partnerships over the years, and they have a strong core planning team for this initiative with a history of working together. With a workshop, they will be focused on recreation center partnerships, and engaging low-income and under-served communities in building ownership of these resources, ensuring the true needs of the community are met. This is a unique angle and topic area for a workshop with great potential to serve as a model for other cities interested in expanding recreation center partnerships.