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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 plan for public spaces that can withstand or mitigate storm surge and flooding. Learn how NYC Parks is designing public spaces that are resilient to sea level change and flood events, which building materials and plant and tree species are most successful in waterfront areas, and what are the most common challenges of building in a flood zone.

A presenter from SWA Group will talk about how Houston has been retrofitting its infrastructure into valuable community open space systems with flood control benefits. The featured parks serve as critical infrastructure for both active recreation and cultural amenities while also expanding ecosystem benefits. Presenters will focus on funding, governance and key design elements when designing with dual infrastructure amenities.


  • Learn how the NYC Parks Department is designing a flood-resilient public.
  • Learn which building materials and plant species that are most successful in waterfront areas.
  • Find out what the most common challenges faced when building in the flood zone.
  • Learn how Landscape Infrastructure can be leveraged to enhance regional flood protection initiatives.
  • Discover strategies for funding implementation and management of park infrastructure.