Schedule at a Glance

Session Types

  • W

    Weekend Tour

  • M

    Mobile Workshop

  • K

    Keynote/Plenary Session

  • B

    Breakout Session

  • I

    Innovation Round

  • D

    Deep Dive Interactive

  • S

    Special Events

Workshop Tracks

  • Equity
  • Funding
  • Urban Greening and Biodiversity
  • Parks as Infrastructure
  • Activating Urban Parks through Recreation
  • City Park Essentials

    • Registration

      Registration services for Greater & Greener participants and guests. If you are participating in a Saturday weekend tour, we recommend you pick up your credentials during this time. If you arrive later than 8 PM, registration services will be available starting at 8 AM the following day. MORE INFO
    • Registration

      Registration services for Greater & Greener participants and guests. If you are participating in a Sunday weekend tour, we recommend you pick up your credentials during this time. Registration is open until 8 PM. If you arrive later, registration opens at 8 AM on Sunday. MORE INFO
    • Bike O' The Bear: Single Track Mountain Biking

      Grab your helmet and challenge yourself on one of Denver’s great mountain bike trails. Nestled within the Front Range, Lair o' the Bear Park is a Jefferson County open space park juxtaposed between the Denver Mountain Parks of "Pence" and "Little" and the starting point of this high-energy tour. The ... MORE INFO
    • All-Access Pass to Red Rocks, Nature’s Amphitheater

      Tour Denver’s most famous park and recently designated National Historic Landmark. Your all-access pass takes you backstage to the Performers Hall of Fame and screening of "best-of" Red Rocks concert footage to the surrounding hiking trails. This can’t-miss tour celebrates the geological formations that make the amphitheater unique as well ... MORE INFO

      River Rafting with cityWILD

      Since 1998, cityWILD has engaged in a bold effort to bring the typically exclusive world of outdoor experiential education to a broad, inclusive audience. CityWILD cultivates deep connections between youth and the natural world, working with them to develop their full potential and achieve their wildest dreams. CityWILD's programs engage ... MORE INFO
    • Locally-Sourced and Enjoyed

      Spend the day learning about the vibrant urban agriculture food scene in Denver. You will learn how food can be used as a powerful tool in economic growth, personal financial freedom, job training, and creating a lasting sense of community.The tour begins at a Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) garden. Every ... MORE INFO

      Bike the High Line Canal: A Crown Jewel of Denver’s Trail Network

      Meandering 71 miles through the diverse physical and social mosaic of the region, experiencing the High Line Canal means connecting with nature and communities. The High Line Canal is one of the longest and most spectacular linear urban parks in the nation. It spans 11 governmental jurisdictions as its tree-lined ... MORE INFO
    • Get High! Explore Denver’s Tallest Peaks and More

      THIS WEEKEND TOUR IS AT CAPACITY.If you have never been to Colorado, many say the one thing you must do is “climb a fourteener.” This hybrid coach and hiking tour takes you out of Denver (elevation 5,250 feet above sea-level) and gradually brings you up to 10,600 ft. to ... MORE INFO
    • Paris on the Platte: The City Beautiful Movement in Denver with Happy Haynes

      The City Beautiful movement of the latter half of the 19th century, popularized by the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893, had a profound influence in many growing American cities at that time, including Denver. Join Denver Parks and Recreation Director Happy Haynes on this historic parkway tour to each of ... MORE INFO
    • Denver's Public Art and Creative Placemaking Programs

      THIS WEEKEND TOUR IS AT CAPACITY.This tour is an overview of three distinct public art and placemaking programs overseen by Denver Arts & Venues (Denver’s arts agency). Permanent public art is commissioned through the city’s 1% for Public Art Program with a collection of more than 400 artworks throughout ... MORE INFO
    • Blooms and Tombs

      The Denver Botanic Gardens in the Cheesman Park neighborhood is a 23-acre public park with a conservatory, a variety of theme gardens, and a sunken amphitheater which hosts various concerts in the summer. Tour the botanic gardens and learn about the ongoing conservation efforts and plant diversity while exploring the distinctive ... MORE INFO

      Golden Triangle Creative District: Celebrating Life, Work, and Culture!

      Get a taste of Denver's best art scene in the up-and-coming Golden Triangle neighborhood. Tour local museums and galleries and have bites from local restaurants. Learn about the connection between neighborhood, business, and government. The creative district advances the Triangle neighborhood as an internationally celebrated arts and culture destination by ... MORE INFO

      Runways to Bikeways: A Tour of the Stapleton Redevelopment

      Explore the largest urban infill community in America--the former Stapleton Airport--by bike, and learn how it has developed over the past 20 years. Today Stapleton contains more than 10,000 residents, nearly 1,100 acres of public parks, and miles of connected trail systems. It has become one of the most desirable ... MORE INFO
    • Registration

      Registration services for Greater & Greener participants and guests. If you are participating in a Sunday weekend tour, we recommend you pick up your credentials at 8 a.m. If you are attending the opening reception, please retrieve your credentials during this time period. MORE INFO
    • Denver’s Mountain Parks and Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy

      In the early 1900s, Denver acquired 14,000 acres of mountain and foothill land that set the stage for tourism and an enviable string of scenic mountain parks. From the Mt. Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp at Red Rocks Park through Genesee Park and the Lariat Loop, explore work by ... MORE INFO

      Hike or Bike: Explore a Century of Park History in Boulder

      THIS WEEKEND TOUR IS AT CAPACITY.On foot or by two-wheels, experience the best of Boulder on a fun and informative tour of the city.Start your day with a guided tour of the grounds at Chautauqua Park, Boulder's most historic park located at the base of the iconic Flatirons. Over ... MORE INFO
    • Rafting Through Change

      THIS WEEKEND TOUR IS AT CAPACITY.Since 2012, Denver Parks and Recreation has invested over $30M in six projects along the South Platte River that runs through the heart of Denver. These projects represent the greatest investment in our urban river parks in a generation and embody the guiding principles ... MORE INFO
    • Volunteer Service Day

      VOLUNTEER SERVICE DAY IS CURRENTLY AT CAPACITY. We are working with organizers to add more spots. Add yourself to the waitlist if you are interested.What’s the best way to kick off Greater & Greener 2019? Roll up your sleeves, grab a pair of gloves, and make your mark in ... MORE INFO
    • Genesee Challenge Course with Bison Spectators

      Genesee is Denver’s largest mountain park at over 2,400 acres and only 30 minutes west of the city. Genesee offers diverse visitor experiences, from bison viewing and picnicking, to backcountry hiking and rappelling. Set in a beautiful stand of Ponderosa pines overlooking the Continental Divide is a challenge course waiting ... MORE INFO
    • Go Fish!

      The South Platte River has undergone a massive cleanup and restoration effort over the last 30 years. On June 16, 1965, fourteen inches of rain fell in just over four hours, sending a torrent of water down the South Platte River through the heart of Denver. The resulting flood was ... MORE INFO
    • From Chemical Weapons to Conservation

      The Rocky Mountain Arsenal was built 1942 to manufacture chemical weapons. The site was designated a national wildlife refuge in 1992 and underwent a costly environmental cleanup in order to remove pollutants. The refuge is now home to more than 300 species including raptors, deer, coyotes, white pelicans and black-footed ... MORE INFO
    • River North Art District: Art, Beer, and Parks!

      THIS WEEKEND TOUR IS AT CAPACITY.Denver’s burgeoning River North neighborhood (RiNo), one of the city’s earliest industrial areas, is also Denver’s first art district. With this eclectic mix of gritty urban industry and a strong and vibrant art community, RiNo has become a popular destination for the many millennials ... MORE INFO

      Pedal, Paddle, and Play in Washington Park

      Located in a residential section, Washington Park centers on its namesake green space, a rectangular expanse with sport facilities, formal flower gardens, and winding trails for cycling and jogging. An elegant boathouse overlooks Smith Lake, which is popular with kayakers and anglers. On this tour, pedal along with the group ... MORE INFO
    • 16th Street Mall Experience

      Originally designed by world-renowned architect, I.M. Pei, the 16th Street Mall was built in 1982 and is one of Denver’s most popular attractions and iconic urban spaces. The 1.25-mile-long pedestrian, tree-lined promenade runs through the center of downtown surrounded by outdoor cafes, historic buildings, shops, restaurants, and retail stores. The ... MORE INFO

      PARKXCHANGE Workshop: Developing City-wide Park Partnerships

      During this Deep Dive Interactive Workshop, participants will learn how to apply the principles for successful park partnerships to their own work through in-depth analysis of case studies from other cities, discussion with guest speakers sharing their approaches, and small group discussion with peers from around the country. This workshop ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Caryn Ernst | Director of Strategic Initiatives, City Parks Alliance
        Charlie McCabe | Director, Center for City Park Excellence, The Trust for Public Land
    • Building an Equitable and Inclusive Organization

      In this deep-dive interactive workshop, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy will describe essential approaches to inclusive programming and building an inclusive organization, such as building relationships, breaking down institutional barriers, meeting community needs, modeling authentic community engagement, gaining staff and leadership buy-in, and institutionalizing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) baselines. ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Radious Guess | Community Outreach, Race and Inclusion Manager, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
        Elizabeth Lindner | Manager, Park Internship Programs, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
    • Urban Park Executive Leadership Workshop: Maintaining an Urban Park

      Offered in cooperation with the Institute for Urban Parks | Central Park ConservancyUrban parks are busy places, and in any single day, week, month, or even year, urban park managers often find themselves with more maintenance tasks than they can reasonably complete. To keep parks safe, clean, and attractive ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Maura Lout | Director, Institute for Urban Parks, Central Park Conservancy
    • Opening Reception | Confluence Park

      Greater & Greener 2019 opens the conference program with a reception at Shoemaker Plaza in Confluence Park where both the South Platte River and the Cherry Creek meet.Confluence Park, part of Denver's "River Vision Project," is located in the heart of downtown Denver(LoDo), a bustling district of 19th-century brick warehouses ... MORE INFO
    • Registration

      Registration services for Greater & Greener participants and guests. MORE INFO
    • Coffee & Tea Service

      Join us early for some fresh coffee and healthy start items. MORE INFO
    • Exhibition Hall

      The Exhibition Hall for the 2019 Greater & Greener conference is the main gathering place. Whether during coffee and tea service, during a break, or any time during the day, we hope you will spend time here and visit our great exhibitors with unique products and services. MORE INFO
    • Opening Remarks | Welcome

      Catherine Nagel, the Executive Director of City Parks Alliance, will welcome conference attendees to the Mile High City and introduce the day's program. MORE INFO
    • Keynote | Plenary Session: Biodiverse Cities

      Biodiversity—the essential variety of life forms on Earth—continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature's capacity to contribute to people's well-being. This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, food security, and the quality of life of people everywhere. Compounded this with the urgency outlined in the recent ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Yvonne Lynch | Urban Greening and Climate Resilience Strategist,
        Stuart Mackinnon | Chair/Commissioner, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
    • Networking Break

      Refresh and reinvigorate yourself, and discover our exhibitors' wonderful products and services in the Exhibition Hall. MORE INFO
    • Repurposing Urban Infrastructure for Park Development

      Transformation is possible for cities of all sizes - and even on some of the most environmentally-degraded landscapes. One of the largest brownfields sites in the country is now showcased as part of a unique cultural and entertainment urban park known as The SteelStacks, in Bethlehem, PA. The open and ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Anna Cawrse | Senior Associate Landscape Architect, Sasaki
        Keiko Tsuruta Cramer | Principal, WRT

      Active Parks, Healthy Cities

      The National Study of Neighborhood Parks found that many local parks are underutilized for physical activity, especially among females and seniors. But they also offer an opportunity to get all people, regardless of age, gender, physical abiity or income, outdoors and moving. In this session you'll hear about innovative programs ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Francisca Castillo | Director of Gender Equity Affairs, LA City Recreation and Parks/Girls Play LA
        Jennifer Quinn Mahar | Senior Director of Civic Initiatives, Fairmount Park Conservancy
        Peggy Stewart | Assistant Director - Culture, Arts and Nature, Chicago Park District

      Protecting Parks through Advocacy

      Successful park advocacy requires a variety of strategic approaches. In this session, hear from two nonprofits who have pursued a variety of strategies to protect their threatened parks. The Overton Parks Conservancy cultivated a constituency through purposeful communications, and sometimes non-traditional partnerships, over multiple years, and were able to draw ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Juanita Irizarry | Executive Director, Friends of the Parks
        Hayley Mortimer | Vice President of Regional Operations, National Parks Conservation Association
        Tina Sullivan | Executive Director, Overton Park Conservancy

      Designing Parks and Playspaces for Accessibility

      It's essential that our public spaces are universally accessible, designed to accommodate and provide great experiences for all individuals regardless of age, ability, or ethnicity. Universally accessible spaces should also accommodate those with sensory processing disorders and other neuro developmental issues, such as autism and attention disorders. This session will ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Christopher Noel | ADA Accessibility Coordinator, NYC Parks Department
        Virginia Spielmann | Executive Director, STAR Institute and Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation

      Sustainable Funding Models for Park Nonprofits

      Learn from two successful park conservancies about creative and innovative fundraising strategies for creating sustainable long-term funding sources. Forest Park Forever, a leading parks conservancy in St. Louis, has a compelling story to share about how it built a $100+ million endowment for ongoing Forest Park maintenance. Their presentation will ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Harmony Hodges | Individual Giving Manager, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
        John O'Gorman | Senior Vice President for Development, Forest Park Forever

      Bringing Nature to Neighborhoods and Advancing Urban Ecology

      In this session, you'll hear how Portland OR, is working at multiple scales to bring biodiversity back to the city and its neighborhoods. Portland Parks and Recreation's new ecologically sustainable landscapes program brings nature to neighborhood parks -- improving the ecological functions of park spaces while expanding local access to ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Beth Conover | Director, CSU Salazar Center for North American Conservation
        Renée Myers | Executive Director, Forest Park Conservancy

      Resilient Cities: Park Planning for Resiliency

      In recent years, many cities have experienced devastating flooding. Houston's Hurricane Harvey and New York City's Superstorm Sandy resulted in billions of dollars in damage and were devastating to people's livelihoods and homes. In the recently released Design and Planning for Flood Resiliency, New York City Parks lays out a ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Scott McCready | Principal, SWA Group
        Tristan Porto | Senior Project Manager for Design, NYC Parks

      Parks, Housing, and Inclusive Economic Development

      Park investments, whether creating new signature parks or improving neighborhood parks, often spur economic development in the surrounding neighborhoods. In low-income communities, economic growth has the potential to create new employment opportunities, wealth for homeowners and increased business opportunities; however, too often, existing residents are left out of that economic ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Jon Christensen | Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
        Vaughn Perry | Director, 11th Street Bridge Project
        Sissy Trinh | Executive Director, Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA)
    • Lessons from the Civic Commons

      By revitalizing and connecting public places such as parks, plazas, trails and libraries--and transforming what we expect from them and how we manage them--Reimagining the Civic Commons aims to demonstrate how strategic investments in our civic assets can connect people of all backgrounds, cultivate trust and counter the trends of ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Dana Bourland | Vice President, The JPB Foundation
        Stephanie Harbin | President, San Juan Block Club
        Caitlin Murphy | Civic Commons Coordinator, Live6 Alliance
        Eric Nelson | Executive Director, Students With a Goal
        Dan Rice | President and Chief Executive Officer, Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition
        Maitreyi Roy | Executive Director, Bartram Gardens
        Christopher Spahr | Executive Director, Centennial Parkside Community Development Corporation
    • Lunch & Peer-to-Peer Sessions

      Join us for a tasty boxed lunch served in the Exhibition Hall. From there, you can bring it to one of our many peer-to-peer sessions taking place throughout the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Refer to your conference mobile app and screens located in the Exhibition Hall for topics and locations.... MORE INFO
    • Funders' Learning Network: Peer-to-Peer Session for Grant-Making Foundations

      Join your peers in philanthropy for lunch and a panel session featuring leaders in urban park and public space grant-making, followed by a roundtable discussion. Watch this space for updates on speakers and session topics, curated with input from City Parks Alliance foundation members.Note: This Peer-to-Peer event is a ... MORE INFO
    • Networking Break

      After lunch and an invigorating Peer-to-Peer session, return to the Exhibition Hall for additional time with our exhibitors to learn about products and services for your organization MORE INFO
    • The Urbanization of Westminster and Metro Denver

      As the Denver metropolitan area continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, many of the suburban cities are evolving and becoming more urbanized through new development. This workshop will tour downtown Westminster and Westminster Station.A vibrant public realm is central to the design and livability of the new downtown Westminster. ... MORE INFO
    • Creating Family-Friendly Downtowns

      Presenters from Providence and San Francisco will share lessons from the transformation of downtown parks and civic centers into thriving family-friendly public spaces.In 2010, the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy (DPPC) introduced children’s programming to activate an urban park that had fallen into neglect, using "Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper" strategies and the ... MORE INFO
      • Moderator
        Adrian Benepe | SVP, Director of National Programs, Trust for Public Land
      • Speakers
        Phil Ginsburg | General Manager, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
        Jennifer Smith | Program Director, Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy

      Citizen Science: Measuring and Monitoring Urban Nature

      Citizen science involves public participation in scientific research often in ecological context. In this session we will explore both citizen engagement in measuring eco-systems and biodiversity as well as citizen approaches to inventory trees. The integration of citizen science to guide park design and monitor ecosystem health offers a specific ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Jack Braunstein | TreePhilly Program Specialist, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

      Investing in Parks and Greenspaces: A Funder's Perspective

      When it comes to park development, maintenance, and programming, successful projects are often those that are able to raise funds and support from a variety of sources. This funders panel will provide insight to community groups and fundraisers as to which aspect of their work is most appealing to funders ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Carolyn Scotchmer | Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

      Engaging Children in Nature

      In this session participants, will hear about strategies for increasing children's access and connection to nature, through a national program, a regional program and two local programs. Speakers will share tools, techniques, and programs that connect urban children with the outdoors to create a positive, fun and comfortable experience for ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Garrett Dempsey | Program Director, Sierra Club Detroit Outdoors
        Maria Durana | Children and Nature Network Coordinator, San Francisco Children & Nature/SF Rec & Parks
        CJ Goulding | Manager, Community Leadership Development, Children & Nature Network
        Jackie Miller | Director of Programs, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)

      Tech Tools for Improved Park Management

      Data and technology are powerful tools which can enhance park management and maintenance. They can also be intimidating. Attendees will learn how New York City and Denver have developed and evolved data management and technology within their departments over many years to better plan, implement and track management and maintenance ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Russell Antonucci | Assistant Commissioner, Innovation and Performance Management, New York City Parks & Recreation
        May Fenton | Management Analyst, Denver Department of Parks and Recreation
        Mark Focht | Deputy Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer, New York City Parks & Recreation
        Shanelle Smith | Ohio State Director, The Trust for Public Land

      Small-Scale Fundraising and Activity: Driven Sponsorships

      Over the last ten years, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation has managed and expanded the department's revenue generating concessions, including cafes, food trucks, bike and boat rentals, a new aerial adventure course, and the wildly popular PARKS ON TAP traveling beer garden, raising over $10 million. They have also created the ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Marc Wilken | Director of Business & Event Development, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

      Building Ownership through Community Stewardship

      This session will explore four different models of community-based park stewardship and how to create an organizational culture that fosters community participation and ownership. We'll look at the lessons learned, pitfalls to avoid, and the benefits of how an engaged community contributes not only to resilient parks but resilient communities. ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Drew Becher | Chief Executive Officer, San Francisco Parks Alliance
        Benjamin Helphand | Executive Director, NeighborSpace
        Harry Lesesne | Executive Director, Charlestown Parks Conservancy
        Cate Mingoya | Director of Capacity Building, Groundwork USA
    • Outdoor Downtown

      Denver Parks & Recreation and the Downtown Denver Partnership are collaborating to create an innovative master plan for downtown Denver’s outdoor spaces. The 20-year plan will focus on enhancing quality of life in the downtown area through investment in parks and public spaces. These outdoor spaces will create a vibrant, ... MORE INFO

      River Vision: North

      River Vision is a collaborative effort creating an urban river environment in Denver that is healthy, habitable and connected by focusing on ecosystem restoration through sustainable natural systems. With an initial budget of just $25,000 and a large number of partner organizations providing in-kind support, Denver Parks and Recreation initiated ... MORE INFO

      Parks and Horticulture: Denver's Greenhouse

      Established in the late 1800s, the City Park Greenhouse serves as Denver Parks and Recreation's horticultural core by growing and distributing landscape bedding plants, shrubs, and other ornamental plants for Denver park districts and other city agencies. The greenhouse is also a key player in Denver's "City Beautiful" movement.During this ... MORE INFO

      Denver's Park Ranger Program

      Denver and its mountain parks offer residents and visitors alike an unequaled opportunity to experience the great outdoors. Denver park rangers maximize public safety, protect park resources, and provide service to visitors to make all of this possible.In this workshop, learn about the Denver Parks and Recreation ranger program. Participants ... MORE INFO

      Natural Areas Management in an Urban Context

      THIS MOBILE WORKSHOP IS AT CAPACITY.Denver's natural areas include open space, mountain parks, river and creek corridors, and other parcels of undeveloped land. These areas and their resources are managed by the Office of the City Naturalist, which maintains them as essential refuges for the many plants and animals ... MORE INFO

      Denver Mountain Parks and Jefferson County Open Space at Evergreen

      Denver Mountain Parks and Jefferson County Open space share many things including land protection and a dedication to providing outdoor recreation opportunities. Fostering an inter-jurisdictional relationship is not easy nor perfect, yet, it is a product of the times. Relationships such as these need to be monitored and adjusted to best serve ... MORE INFO

      Building Community through Collaboration

      THIS MOBILE WORKSHOP IS AT CAPACITY.Take a walking tour of one of Denver's most rapidly changing neighborhoods and explore a city's responsibility to residents when public investments spur market forces that may accelerate changes to vulnerable communities.Learn how Denver is working to craft infrastructure projects that benefit the community. ... MORE INFO

      Re-Imagine Play

      See how Denver has “re-imagined play” at the city’s newest playground at Paco Sanchez Park. This state-of-the-art project goes beyond just play; re-imagine play focuses on multi-generational activities and programming with the goal of inspiring children and families to engage in physical health through active fun for a lifetime.The highlights ... MORE INFO

      Preserving the Past to Build the Future: Red Rocks and the Civilian Conservation Corps

      The City and County of Denver are undertaking an effort to begin rehabilitating the Red Rocks Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. In 2018, the City and County of Denver launched an ambitious adaptive reuse project to turn one of the CCC barracks at Red Rocks into a new administrative headquarters ... MORE INFO

      Platte to Park Hill: Integrating Stormwater Infrastructure with Recreational Amenities

      Join Executive Director Happy Haynes as we highlight how diverse municipal divisions and design team members collaborate to integrate stormwater infrastructure with high-quality recreational and community assets. Addressing stormwater management needs in urban environments becomes progressively more challenging as storm and flood events become more severe and unpredictable. By incorporating ... MORE INFO
    • Funders' Learning Network: Mobile Workshop

      Network with your peers in philanthropy while you explore a guided tour of Denver parks and park partnerships. The itinerary will be developed in response to a survey of City Parks Alliance foundation members. Watch this space for more information and details on the final workshop itinerary and tour locations, ... MORE INFO
    • Best Practices for Driving Equitable Investments in Parks

      In this session, we'll explore best practices from around the country for ensuring the equitable investment of public dollars in parks and recreational programming. Attendees will hear how cities around the country have been purposeful about establishing criteria for investment in parks and green infrastructure in low-income communities and then ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Phil Ginsburg | General Manager, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
        Jayne Miller | President and CEO, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

      Parks, Energy, and Water: Integrating Systems for Community Benefit

      Through innovative approaches and community partnerships, cities and their utility partners are finding ways to provide energy and stormwater infrastructure with community open space benefits.Xcel Energy will share the story of working with Thornton, CO, to add neighborhood green space as part of the construction of a new electric sub-station. ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Nathan Campeau | Senior Water Resources Engineer, Barr Engineering Co.
        Hollie Velasquez Horvath | Director, Community Relations, Xcel Energy

      Tech Tools for Park Selection and Planning

      Presenters from The Trust for Public Land will share their Climate Smart Cities decision support tool and their ParkServe platform and its access impact mapping tools, which provide data and decision support for cities around the country. Climate Smart Cities arms communities with climate-related data and maps for park system ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Emmalee Dolfi | ParkServe GIS Senior Project Manager, The Trust for Public Land
        John Gibbs | Principal, WRT Design
        Cristina Sassaki | Urban Parks Planner Coordinator, M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks
    • Exhibition Hall Happy Hour

      Join us for this casual, informal, and popular get together for a glass of beer or wine and some lite fare while visiting with our exhibitors in a relaxed, congenial atmosphere. MORE INFO
    • Registration

      Registration services for Greater & Greener participants and CEU form drop-off. MORE INFO
    • Exhibition Hall

      The Exhibition Hall for the 2019 Greater & Greener conference is the main gathering place. Whether during coffee and tea service, during a break, or any time during the day, we hope you will spend time here and visit our great exhibitors with unique products and services. MORE INFO
    • Coffee & Tea Service

      Join us early for some fresh coffee and healthy start items. MORE INFO
    • Keynote | Mayors Forum: City Building

      Parks and recreation drive real solutions to the big challenges facing cities. They are powerful agents helping communities address financial stability, environmental threats, community health, and social isolation, just to name a few. City parks have grown beyond their traditional physical and conceptual boundaries and now serve multiple functions as ... MORE INFO
      • Keynote
        Erion Veliaj | Mayor, Municipality of Tirana, Albania
    • Greater & Greener 2021 Philadelphia | Closing Remarks

      Before heading off to another exciting day of educational sessions and mobile workshops, get a sneak peek of our International Forum and the Greater & Greener 2021 conference in Philadelphia. MORE INFO
    • Networking Break

      Refresh and reinvigorate yourself, and discover our exhibitors' wonderful products and services in the Exhibition Hall. MORE INFO
    • Value Capture Strategies for Financially Self-Sustaining Parks

      Come to this session to learn about funding approaches that are tapping into adjacent real estate and economic development to bring financial resources to urban parks.Brooklyn Bridge Park, created by an agreement that transferred land from New York State to New York City, required that the park's operation be entirely ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Jesse Brackenbury | Executive Director, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
        Eric Landau | President, Brooklyn Bridge Park
        Trent Rondot | Conservation and Maintenance Director, Houston Parks Board

      Reinterpreting Park Narratives Incorporating History of Marginalized Populations

      In this unique deep dive workshop, learn how four different cities are engaging with historically-marginalized populations to reinterpret their history and narratives in parks. Speakers will share their community-engaged research working with First Nations and African American communities to generate counter narratives that can empower underrepresented voices in the park ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Matthew Cutler | Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation
        John Hausdoerffer | Dean, School of Environment & Sustainability, Western Colorado University
        Rena Soutar | Reconciliation Planner, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
    • Propagating Biodiverse Cities

      As cities try to recreate wildlife habitat and restore native ecosystems, they struggle to procure appropriate plant material.In this session, learn how the Washington DC Department of the Environment, the University of the District of Columbia, and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation are collaborating to grow a variety ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Daniel Lawson | Sustainability and Quality Control Manager, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
        Katie Rehwaldt | Park Partners Specialist, Washington D.C. Department of Parks & Recreation

      Parks and Private Development: Designing Multi-Functional Infrastructure

      This session will look at large-scale planning and implementation of park systems that are catalyzing mixed-use communities in the Americas in partnership with private sector developers. In Texas, three projects—from a former airport turned LEED certified neighborhood in Austin, to Alliance Town Center in Ft. Worth that incorporates a 14-acre ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Barbara Austin | Senior Vice President and Managing Principal, RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture
        Juan Camilo Gonzalez | Advisor, Bogota City Hall

      Measuring the Social Impact of Parks

      This session will convene leaders who are looking beyond well established metrics, like tax revenues, job creation, and property values, and are pioneering new dynamic methods and lenses for measuring the quantitative and qualitative impacts of parks on social justice. One example is the work of Interface Studio in partnership ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Benjamin Bryant | Director of Special Projects, Interface Studio
        Connie Chung | Principal, HR&A Advisors, Inc.

      Where's the Fun without a Bit of Risk?

      A good park invites children to explore, discover, and play. These are critical components of youth development. Yet liability concerns often dissuade policy, design, and outreach strategies for embedding play value, adventure, and risk into public parks and playscapes.Speakers will discuss "safety" and "acceptable risk"; analyze and understand design of ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Walker Holmes | Connecticut State Director, Trust for Public Land
        Wendy Nilsson | Superintendent, Providence Parks Department
        Kate Tooke | Senior Landscape Architect, Sasaki

      City-Wide Park System Master Planning

      This discussion will explore how two rapidly-growing cities with varying demographics, landscape characteristics, and user needs have moved from program centric master planning to visions for how their park systems can drive their future growth and quality of life.The city of Bentonville, Arkansas, population 35,000, recognized their region’s explosive growth, ... MORE INFO
      • Moderator
        Mitch Silver | New York City Parks Commissioner, New York City Parks and Recreation
      • Speakers
        Frederick Bonci | Founding Partner, LaQuatra Bonci Associates
        Mark Tabor | Principal Park Planner for Denver’s Department of Parks and Recreation, City and County of Denver, Department of Parks and Recreation

      Creating Dynamic Parks in Mexico City Using Innovative Funding Strategies

      In recent years, Mexico City has made enormous strides creating and maintaining beloved public parks using innovative funding strategies such as Value Capture and private philanthropy to generate sustainable, long-term revenue streams.  In this session, we will hear how citizen activists led a winning opposition campaign for creating La Mexicana, ... MORE INFO

      Funding Parks and Green Infrastructure in Low-Income Communities

      In this session, participants will learn about new and emerging funding sources and innovative ways to apply traditional funding sources for parks and green infrastructure in low-income communities. The Urban Institute, Groundwork USA, and City Parks Alliance will share the results of their joint national research on funding parks and ... MORE INFO
    • Lunch on Your Own

      Explore local eateries near the Ellie Caulkins Opera House or grab a quick bite and enjoy the Denver Sculpture Park. A list of local restaurants can be found on your conference mobile app. MORE INFO
    • Networking Break & Ice Cream Social

      We hope you left room for ice cream! After lunch, return to the Exhibition Hall for additional time with our exhibitors and our popular ice cream social. MORE INFO
    • River Vision: South

      River Vision is creating an urban environment that is healthy, habitable, and connected focusing on ecosystem restoration through sustainable natural systems. This workshop focuses on the Southern redevelopment of this project.Participants will learn about the ecological renovation of the South Platte River, stormwater management tactics, and how to work with partners ... MORE INFO

      Urban Agriculture: Growth in a Food Desert

      Community development in a rapidly changing city continues to challenge Denver’s most economically marginalized neighborhoods. Two particular organizations: Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) and Re:Vision have been working diligently to ensure these marginalized neighborhoods preserve their culture while transforming them into thriving, resilient communities.Denver Urban Gardens believes that communities must ... MORE INFO

      Nature Play

      THIS MOBILE WORKSHOP IS AT CAPACITY.Learn how Denver is incorporating nature play into parks and playgrounds to expand opportunities for all types of play activities including gross motor, fine motor, imaginative, solitary, and collaborative play. The tour will start at City Park where participants will meet with representatives from ... MORE INFO

      Stapleton: A Neighborhood Taking Off

      In 1995, when the opening of Denver International Airport meant the closing of Stapleton International Airport, Denver had the unique opportunity to transform 7.5 square miles of runways, concourses, and terminals into a beautiful, new community. It would be the largest urban in-fill redevelopment in the country and, to this ... MORE INFO

      A Neighborhood Empowered: Westwood

      The Westwood neighborhood, one of the most culturally vibrant neighborhoods in the Denver Metro Area, is on the verge of dynamic change and reinvestment, benefiting current and future residents and employees while not resulting in displacement. The Westwood community has a culturally rich population that has proven to be resilient ... MORE INFO

      Surviving the Test of Time: The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

      The Rocky Mountain Arsenal (RMA) was built in 1942 to manufacture chemical weapons. A portion of the site was leased to private industry in 1946 for petroleum production and agricultural and industrial chemical manufacturing. When the American chemical weapons program was shut down after the Vietnam War, the RMA served ... MORE INFO

      Homelessness in Denver

      THIS MOBILE WORKSHOP IS AT CAPACITY.Many cities face the issue of homelessness. This tour will explore homelessness in Denver and the programs created to alleviate it. The tour will start at Civic Center Park where participants will speak with employees of Denver Day Works- a program started to create ... MORE INFO

      Moving Recreation Outside

      Denver's recreation programming isn't limited by the walls of its 31 recreation centers; it also includes outdoor recreation programs like winter sports, environmental education, hiking, a mountain bike course, urban skiing/snowboarding, and much more.On this tour participants will learn how Denver Parks and Recreation is working to move traditional indoor ... MORE INFO

      Denver's Front Yard: Downtown's Public Realm

      THIS MOBILE WORKSHOP IS AT CAPACITY.Downtown Denver is the economic and cultural center of Colorado’s Front Range and the Rocky Mountain region. Since 2000, the downtown residential population has increased 200% amongst a growing number of workers, students, and visitors who experience and enjoy daily Denver’s "Front Yard" through a ... MORE INFO
    • How to Create Urban Landscapes that Mimic Native Ecosystems

      Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre organic park in the middle of New York City, was created with ecology in mind. The park's award-winning piers include top notch recreation, from opera to outdoor films, all of it beautifully designed. But the piers also contain native woodlands, freshwater wetlands, salt marshes, and ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Rebecca McMackin | Director of Horticulture, Brooklyn Bridge Park

      How City Parks Contribute to Vibrant and Healthy Communities for All

      As governments at all levels cut budgets for parks, this session will make a strong case for city parks and illustrate their vital role in creating vibrant and healthy communities. This session will inspire a vision for parks as central drivers to vibrant cities and suggest concrete actions to help ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Gil Penalosa | Founder and Chair, 8-80 Cities

      Increasing Park Program Accessibility for Low-Income Residents

      When a parks and recreation department creates free or low cost programs, primarily intended to serve low income residents, often low income residents miss out on the opportunity to participate due to ineffective outreach and communication by the department. However, cross-sector partnership can help.This session will explore how park and ... MORE INFO

      Parks and Workforce Development

      This session will explore two workforce development models that combine workforce readiness training with environmental stewardship in parks and other green spaces. Landforce, in Pittsburgh, hires people with significant barriers to employment and provides soft and hard skills training with a trauma -centered approach, while hiring people to build trails, ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Carlos Alvarez | Assistant Director of Industry Training, PowerCorpsPHL
        Thomas Guentner | Program Director, Landforce

      Building Capacity Through Small Grant Programs

      Many park departments and their city-wide non-profit partners are improving and activating parks through small grant programs for neighborhood parks groups. A core purpose of this is to build the capacity of neighborhood parks groups to engage in planning, programming, and stewardship of their local parks. Small grant programs enable ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Ed Ewing | Director of Programs, Seattle Parks Foundation
        Dave Harvey | Executive Director, Park People
        Colin Wallis | CEO, Austin Parks Foundation
        Dana Wedeles | Principal Planner, City of Alexandria, VA

      Advocating through Activation: Creative Strategies to Save Our Pools

      In many cities, neighborhood pools are under threat of closure due to tight budgets and the high cost of maintenance and operations. In this session, learn how residents in Austin and New York worked with nonprofits and the parks department to activate and advocate for their neighborhood pools. Saving Austin's ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Nicole Buchholz | Associate, U3 Advisors
        Laura Cottam Sajbel | Founder, Love Austin Pools

      Schoolyard Greening

      School districts and cities across the country are starting to develop their schoolyards as places for outdoor learning, physical activity, and play during the school day and used by the community as a park during out of school time. School districts and city governments like those in New York and ... MORE INFO
      • Moderator
        Jaime Zaplatosch | Director, Green Schoolyards for Healthy Communities, Children & Nature Network
      • Speakers
        Meg Kelly | Senior Manager, Space to Grow, Healthy Schools Campaign
        Rick Schneider | Principal, ISTUDIO Architects
        Carter Strickland | New York State Director, The Trust for Public Land
    • Placemaking in the Piedmont and Pueblo: Equity in Communities of Color through Arts and Culture

      The three-year ArtPlace America Community Development Investments (CDI) initiative has created new equity opportunities in parks in two very different low-income communities of color — a Native community in Zuni, New Mexico, and an African American community in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both are using an arts ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Joseph Claunch | Co-Director, Youth Development Specialist, Zuni Youth Enrichment Project
        Ellen Ryan | Senior Director, Strategy and Planning, Fairmount Park Conservancy
        Alexis Stephens | Sr. Communications Associate, PolicyLink

      Creating Public Places in Overlooked Spaces

      Opportunities for creating public space in the inner city are plentiful when planners focus on existing, unused locations in creative and unique ways. This session will explore innovative projects that repurposed vacant public spaces in Los Angeles and Baltimore and where diverse communities have played a role in re-envisioning distressed ... MORE INFO
      • Presenters
        Veronica Hahni | Executive Director, Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI)
      • Speakers
        Kimberley Knox | Greening Coordinator, City of Baltimore, Baltimore Green Network

      Stormwater Infrastructure and Parks: Comparing Scaled Approaches with Non-traditional Partnerships

      Integrating green infrastructure creatively as a means of managing stormwater is now standard practice of cities large and small. In this session, we will hear from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) on how they coordinated their planning, design, and construction of the Towerside District Stormwater System using four primary ... MORE INFO
      • Speakers
        Emily Rice | Environmental Protection Specialist, Department of Energy and Environment
    • Closing Reception | Civic Center Park

      As Greater & Greener 2019 comes to a close, it's time to wind down with friends old and new at Civic Center Park. Located at the crossroads of government, culture, commerce, and community, this historic 12-acre oasis is bordered by the State Capitol, the City and County Building, the Denver ... MORE INFO
    • International Forum

      Presented by City Parks Alliance in partnership with World Urban Parks.

      The world urban population will double from 3.5 billion to over 7 billion in the next 40 years with 8 of 10 people expected to live in cities by the year 2060. This means that half of the communities ...

      • Panelists
        Juan Camilo Gonzalez | Advisor, Bogota City Hall
        Dave Harvey | Executive Director, Park People
        Dave Hutch | Director, Planning and Park Development, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
        Gil Penalosa | Founder and Chair, 8-80 Cities
        Erion Veliaj | Mayor, Municipality of Tirana, Albania