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Creating Dynamic Parks in Mexico City Using Innovative Funding Strategies

In recent years, Mexico City has made enormous strides in 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, considered today a global park model winning several awards and surpassing all visitor expectations. Based on concerns about losing urban green, verticalization, and an absence of public spaces, panelists will detail how legal protections for the sale of the land was secured, as well as showcase how they used innovative financing strategies to build large city parks and lock in long-term resources.

We will also hear from Tanya Müller García, former Secretary of Environment of Mexico City, who managed the most important urban parks in the city, the different strategies implemented to create dynamic inclusive and resilient parks through policy making decisions, and in collaboration with civil society and private trusts.