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Greater & Greener

  • What Is Greater & Greener?

    Greater & Greener is the leading international conference for urban park leaders, city planning and design professionals, public officials, community leaders, advocates, funders, and innovators to explore the role of parks in addressing some of the biggest challenges facing 21st century cities. These highly curated sessions, workshops and tours are designed to facilitate an honest dialogue around the solutions parks offer, encourage cross-sector and peer-to-peer networking, and share new tools for building successful park partnerships.

    Greater & Greener is presented by City Parks Alliance, the only independent, nationwide membership organization dedicated solely to urban parks.

  • When and Where Is Greater & Greener 2019?

    Greater & Greener 2019: Exploring Natural Connections is coming to Denver, CO, July 20-24, 2019. The entire city is our venue. During the five-day indoor and outdoor conference, you will visit and experience the Denver metro area, including mountain parks, through our Weekend Tours. You will learn and engage in our breakout sessions and enhance your learning through our Mobile Workshops. You will also network with peers and across sectors at our special events. On the final day it is time for our International Forum, where attendees can get an in-depth look at select projects and models from around the globe.

    Greater & Greener 2019 sessions will take place on our conference campus, utilizing various facilities that are within easy walking distance of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, our conference hub. "The Ellie" is located at 1400 Curtis Street (corner of 14th and Curtis streets), Denver, Colorado 80204; (720) 865-4220. Educational sessions are held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and University of Colorado Denver (UC Denver) locations with weekend tours, mobile workshops, and special events occurring at locations throughout the Denver metro area.

    Future Greater & Greener conferences are slated for Philadelphia (2021) and Seattle (2023).

  • Why Denver?

    The Denver metropolitan region is one of the fastest growing in the U.S., due in part, to its ongoing commitment to an outdoor urban lifestyle. Historic vision and modern execution of the Denver park system are leading examples of urban park planning, partnerships, design, and programming.

    The system’s 150-year history began only a decade after the mining town was founded when Denverites dedicated their first park, Mestizo Curtis, in 1868. Through multiple eras of innovative and intentional planning, design and policy, a rich legacy of parks and open space has been shaped in Denver.

    Today, the Denver Parks and Recreation system includes nearly 20,000 acres of urban and mountain parkland including off-street trails, parkways and natural areas, eight golf courses, 24 lakes, more than 78,000 trees, over 80 miles of trails, nine off-leash dog parks, and over 300 athletic fields. The recreation system includes 28 recreation centers, 16 outdoor pools, and 15 indoor pools serving more than one million visitors annually. Recreation efforts include arts and cultural classes and events, aquatics, sports and fitness opportunities, and youth programming. In addition, the department offers programs focused on outdoor education, instructional programs, youth and adult sports leagues, and out of school programs offered in conjunction with Denver Public Schools.

  • Why Should I Attend Greater & Greener 2019?

    Greater & Greener is the leading conference about urban parks for leaders involved in the fields of design, development, management, programming, funding, policy, advocacy, and stewardship. Participants will:

    • Learn about cutting-edge practices and receive practical lessons from leaders in the parks and recreation space from around the globe;
    • Earn continuing education credits for select sessions;
    • Explore the traditional and unique parks that make the Denver park system special, from the famous Red Rocks concert venue to Confluence Park and the other 250 urban parks;
    • Enjoy cross-sector networking and discussions with peers from the parks, recreation, arts, health, business, conservation, planning, and philanthropic communities;
    • Meet new program partners and vendors as part of the Greater & Greener exhibitor and member network;
    • Position their organizations in the national urban parks conversation; and
    • Be inspired during a one-of-a-kind experience.
  • Who Attends Greater & Greener?
    Greater & Greener 2019 brings together more than 1,000 urban leaders – the largest gathering of its kind with top park decision-makers from 200+ cities and 20 countries – including park and recreation leaders, city planning and design professionals, public officials from health, transportation and public works, neighborhood advocates, funders, and innovators.
  • What Activities and Programs Will Be Included in the Greater & Greener 2019 Conference?

    Greater & Greener 2019 is an exciting blend of classroom and experiential learning that brings the subject matter to life. The conference starts with more than a dozen guided weekend tours highlighting the vast outdoor resources and landmarks of the Denver metro area – including Paco Sanchez Park, Confluence Park, Red Rocks, Stapleton, and more.

    On Monday and Tuesday, Greater & Greener 2019 offers a keynotes and plenary speakers, the Mayor’s Forum, indoor breakout sessions, and outdoor mobile workshops led by experts and leaders in their fields, addressing important environmental and societal issues such as youth development, planning healthy systems, the creative culture of parks, and city park essentials.

    The conference also offers three evening receptions — the opening reception on Sunday at Confluence Park, we are finalizing the location for our closing reception, and a special exhibitor reception on Monday at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. All are prime opportunities for conference attendees to meet and network with urban park leaders from around the globe. On Monday evening, participants also have free time to explore Denver with a variety of options to choose from. An International Forum takes place on Wednesday.

  • How Do I Get to Greater & Greener 2019?
    The closest airport to the Conference is Denver International Airport (DEN). Transportation to the Conference hub and the Conference hotel is available through light rail, taxi, ride share, and app-based providers (Uber or Lyft). Click here for additional information.
  • Where Can I Stay While Attending the Conference?
    The Hilton Denver City Center and the Marriott Springhill Suites Denver Downtown are the official conference hotels of Greater & Greener 2019, providing easy access to conference sessions. Greater & Greener attendees receive a discounted rate of $209/night based on double occupancy excluding taxes and fees. The Hilton Denver City Center is located at 1701 California Street, Denver CO 80202. The Marriott Springhill Suites is located at 1190 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204. Click here for additional information.
  • Is Parking Available at the Hotels?
    Yes. Parking is available, for a fee, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please check with the hotel for pricing and restrictions.


  • How Do I Register for Greater & Greener 2019?

    You may register for Greater & Greener 2019 directly on this website. Simply click on the orange “Register” button and follow all the prompts. Please choose the correct registration path for your participation: CPA members (Individual or Organizational), Nonmembers, Speakers, or Young Leaders.

    If you are unsure about your CPA membership status and benefits, please contact CPA's Membership Coordinator at (202) 930-7430 or All other questions should be directed to the Registration Coordinator by email: We will respond within 24 hours or by the next business day.

  • How Much Does It Cost to Attend Greater & Greener 2019?
    The cost of the conference depends upon the time frame in which you register and whether or not you are a member of City Parks Alliance. Please click here for pricing details. To save on conference registration fees, learn more about membership in City Parks Alliance and/or early registration discounts.
  • Do I Have To Register for the Full Five Days of the Conference?
    To maximize your learning experience and enjoyment, we encourage you to register for the full five days and take advantage of all conference offerings. However, day rates are available. You may register for either Monday or Tuesday using the single-day rate, but you may not register for both days using this option. Due to the elevation of Denver, participants are encouraged to arrive at least 24 hours prior to their first conference activity. 
  • Do I Have to Register in Advance or Can I Just Show Up?
    We strongly recommend that you pre-register to ensure your participation in the conference and take advantage of early registration discounts. Weekend tours and mobile workshops have capacity limits and onsite registration, although permitted, may preclude you from participating in these activities. Pre-registration will allow you to select available options or, where available, be added to a waitlist. Greater & Greener staff will accommodate walk-in registrants to the best of their ability, but cannot guarantee your participation in your desired sessions and activities. Refunds will not be available to walk-in registrants.
  • I Registered for Greater & Greener 2019 Online, but Now I Want to Modify My Registration. How Can I Do That?

    When you initially registered, you received a confirmation email with your registration code. You will need this code to modify your registration. Please click on the "Register" button from our website and click on the "Already Registered?" hyperlink towards the bottom. With your code, you can modify your registration. If you can’t find your code or the confirmation email, please email and we will resend the code to you. You may modify your registration until online registration closes, however some fees are subject to a fee.

    For Weekend Tours, you may modify your selection without a fee until 5/31/19. From 6/1/19-6/30/19 you will be charged a $10 fee. From 7/1/19 through the conference, you will be charged a $25 fee. This policy also applies to guests. In addition, guests who originally indicated attendance at the opening and closing reception may opt out without fee until 06/30/19. Modifications for reception fees beginning 7/1/19 forfeit the fee for that event.

  • Are Substitutions Allowed If I Can No Longer Attend?
    Yes. You may transfer your registration to another person in advance of the conference. Please email for assistance. If you are unable to find a substitute, your registration is subject to our cancellation policy.
  • Can I Share My Greater & Greener 2019 Conference ID Badge with Another Person from My Organization If We Attend Different Non-Concurrent Sessions?
    No, conference ID badge sharing is not permitted. Badges will be used to confirm identity as well as admission to sessions. For security reasons at some venues, photo ID may also be required.  Day rates are available if you are unable to sign up for the entire conference.
  • How Do I Contact A “Live” Person for Registration Help and Information?
    You may contact a member of the Conference Production staff Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM ET by dialing (914) 294-5039.
  • I Am Speaking or Presenting at Greater & Greener 2019. How Do I Register and What Do I Need to Know?
    Once your participation is confirmed by the Strategic Initiatives Director, you may click on any of the orange "Register" buttons on this site and select the "Speaker" pathway. If you have questions, please contact Caryn Ernst at (202) 930-7430 or email
  • May I Bring a Guest to the Conference?

    Greater & Greener encourages you to bring a spouse, partner, or your family to Denver.

    All guest activities are priced a la carte with a nominal processing fee. You may register your guests at the time you register or add them later by modifying your registration. Guests will have access to weekend tours and the opening and closing receptions. Guests are not permitted to attend breakout sessions, mobile workshops, keynote, plenary sessions nor are they permitted to attend breakfast, lunch and the Exhibitor Reception on Monday. Please note that some weekend tour activities have ability-oriented or age prerequisites. Bear these restrictions in mind when registering guests.

Payments and Cancellations

  • To Whom Do I Make My Check Payable?

    Please make checks payable to City Parks Alliance and mail to:

    City Parks Alliance
    ATTN: Greater & Greener Registration
    1777 Church Street NW
    Washington, DC 20036

    Payment in full must be received 60 days after the registration date or by April 30, 2019, whichever comes first. After May 1, 2019, registrants must pay via an electronic payment only.

  • How Do I Pay by Credit Card if I Originally Opted to Pay by Check?
    If you would like to change your payment method to credit card, please email for assistance.
  • I Need to Cancel My Registration. What Do I Do?

    If you need to cancel your registration, you have the following options:

    TRANSFER: You can arrange to transfer your registration to another person at no charge. In taking your place, he/she will follow your schedule including Mobile Workshops and Weekend Tours. Please contact the Registration Coordinator at (914) 294-5039 or email

    CANCEL: If you are unable to find a replacement, the following cancellation policy applies to your conference registration fee:

    Cancellation on or before March 31, 2019

    Refund on paid Registration Fees minus a 15% cancellation fee

    Cancellation April 1 -- May 31, 2019

    Refund on paid Registration Fees minus a 25% cancellation fee

    Cancellation on or after June 1, 2019

    No Refunds, however, fees paid may be applied to the 2021Greater & Greener conference. This credit may only be used by the original registrant and is only valid towards the 2021 Greater & Greener conference. Unused credits expire at the end of the 2021 conference.


    You may cancel your registration online with your original Confirmation Number by visiting the registration site.

    The cancellation fees listed above are applied to your registration fee only. If you selected additional items, the policy below is applied and will added to your total cancellation fee:

    Weekend Tour Fee

    Cancellation by 5/31/19


    Cancellation 6/1/19-6/30/19


    Cancellation on or after 7/1/19



    Opening/Closing Receptions – Guests

    Cancellation by 6/30/19


    Cancellation on or after 7/1/19



    International Forum Fee

    Cancellation by 5/31/19


    Cancellation 6/1/19-6/30/19


    Cancellation on or after 7/1/19r



    If you are unable to cancel online, written cancellations must be submitted in writing by email no later than 5PM. ET on May 31, 2019 in order to obtain a refund of paid registration fees. No refunds will be issued if a request is emailed after May 31, 2019. City Parks Alliance membership fees are non-refundable. Submit notice of cancellations to

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Additional Questions

  • What Is the Dress Code for Greater & Greener 2019?
    The dress code for the conference is casual. You are encouraged to dress appropriately for the given activity. Some conference experiences take place outdoors, and you will need to prepare for physical activity and weather.
  • What Is the Weather Like in Denver During the Conference?
    Summer is a great time to get outdoors in Denver with warm temperatures and low humidity. Two days before your trip to Denver, check the weather and use this information to pack appropriately. As Denver is a mile above sea level, it is closer to the sun. It can feel much warmer than the actual temperature during the daytime, but then become very chilly after sundown, particularly in the spring and fall. It is best to layer your clothing. A rain poncho or similar is also recommended for sudden pop-up storms that move quickly. Sun block and sunglasses are a must.