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.
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- 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