Conference Schedule

2022 Schedule At A Glance

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  • 3:00 PM-8:00 PM

    Registration

    Registration services for Greater & Greener participants and guests. If you are participating in a Saturday weekend tour, we recommend you pick up your creden…

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  • 8:00 AM-8:00 PM

    Registration

    Registration services for Greater & Greener participants and guests. If you are participating in a Sunday weekend tour, we recommend you pick up your credenti…

  • 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
    Weekend Tour

    Stroll, Bike, Row, Dig: Guided Activity Tours of Bartram’s Garden

    Immerse yourself at Bartram’s Garden on the Tidal Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia to connect with peers and get connected—via hiking, biking, garden…

  • 9:45 AM-1:45 PM
    Weekend Tour

    Independence Mall: Philadelphia’s Gateway to History and its Future

    Independence Mall, also known as “America’s Most Historic Square Mile,” is a three-block section of the Independence National Historic Park administered by the…

  • 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
    Weekend Tour

    Rugged, Mystic, Historic: Introduction to the Wissahickon

    Friends of the Wissahickon and Fairmount Park Conservancy are teaming up to lead this tour of the famous Wissahickon Valley Park and its connections to Fairmou…

  • 10:00 AM-3:30 PM
    Weekend Tour

    From Goodbye to Hello: Cemeteries as Civic Spaces

    While cemeteries can be cinematic fodder for ghosts, goblins, witches, zombies, and vampires, they are actually early precursors to the modern-day parks moveme…

  • 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
    Weekend Tour

    Let’s Take a Walk: The Making and Managing of Four Center City Parks

    Over the past two decades, the emergence of public/private partnerships has transformed the economic model for designing, building, and managing public spaces,…

  • 11:00 AM-3:30 PM
    Weekend Tour

    Discover America’s First Urban Refuge: Heinz Wildlife Refuge

    The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum was established on the foundation of community action in 1972 to protect Pennsylvania’s largest remaining fr…

  • 12:45 PM-5:15 PM
    Weekend Tour

    East Fairmount Park Pedal Tour

    Covering 650 acres that border the eastern edge of the Schuylkill River, East Fairmount Park is home to the famous Schuylkill River Trail and its Boathouse Row…

  • 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
    Weekend Tour

    Exploring Public Art in the Park: From William Penn to Rocky

    Philadelphia is home to one of the largest collections of outdoor sculptures in the country. Join the Association for Public Art for a walking tour that will e…

  • 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
    Weekend Tour

    Cruisin’ with the Commish: A Segway Tour with Kathryn Ott Lovell (Early Tour)

    The Ben Franklin Parkway, first conceived in 1871 as a link between the industrial city and the healthy climes of nearby Fairmount Park as part of the City Bea…

  • 3:30 PM-6:00 PM
    Weekend Tour

    Cruisin’ with the Commish: A Segway Tour with Kathryn Ott Lovell (Late Tour)

    The Ben Franklin Parkway, first conceived in 1871 as a link between the industrial city and the healthy climes of nearby Fairmount Park as part of the City Bea…

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  • 7:30 AM-2:30 PM
    Weekend Tour

    South Philly Special: FDR Park, the Navy Yard, and the PHS Flower Show

    While it may be famous for its Italian heritage and cheesesteaks, South Philly is also home to FDR Park, an important public space designed by the Olmsted Brot…

  • 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Weekend Tour

    Birding Philly

    Join birding expert and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation ecologist Tony Croasdale, for a crash course in Philadelphia’s birds.  We begin looking for rapt…

  • 8:00 AM-7:00 PM

    Registration

    Registration services for Greater & Greener participants.  If you are participating in a Sunday weekend tour, we recommend you pick up your credential…

  • 8:45 AM-12:00 PM
    Weekend Tour

    The Mighty Central Delaware: A Scenic Boat Tour

    Once a series of dilapidated piers and underutilized public spaces, Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront has undergone a number of transformative developme…

  • 9:30 AM-2:00 PM
    Special Event

    Volunteer Service Day

    Calling all volunteers at Greater & Greener 2022! Lend a hand and enjoy the satisfaction of making a lasting impact at Norris Square Park, a beloved Philad…

  • 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    Weekend Tour

    Park Past & Present in The Centennial District (West Fairmount Park)

    In 1876, more than 10 million people journeyed to Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park for the nation’s Centennial Exposition. Comprising more than 2,000 acres, the p…

  • 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
    Weekend Tour

    Ready All, Row!

    Many of us have seen rowers gliding across the water in stunning movie scenes and paintings, but few of us have had the opportunity to try the sport. Join BLJ …

  • 10:30 AM-4:30 PM
    Weekend Tour

    Watersheds and Waterways of Roxborough and Manayunk

    With extensive development upriver impacting the quality of its waterways, the communities of Roxborough and Manayunk (the Native American word meaning “where …

  • 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
    Weekend Tour

    City of Murals

    Get to know the city’s stunning collection by taking a Mural Arts tour. Weave through the diverse neighborhoods of Philadelphia, getting great views of the cit…

  • 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    Weekend Tour

    Five Squares and a Diagonal: How Parks and a Parkway Shaped the Development of Center City

    Philadelphia was one of the first planned cities in North America. Its plan for a "greene countrie towne" was crafted by William Penn and his surveyor Thomas H…

  • 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
    Weekend Tour

    Audacious Eden: Connecting and Reflecting on Philadelphia’s Historic African American Icons

    Founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation's Bicentennial, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first institution funded and built by a …

  • 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
    Weekend Tour

    River Reimagined: The Schuylkill River and Fairmount Water Works (Kayak option)

    Learn about the innovative design, technology, and operation of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Water Works, the site of the nation's first successful municipal water…

  • 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
    Weekend Tour

    River Reimagined: The Schuylkill River and Fairmount Water Works (Riverboat option)

    Learn about the innovative design, technology, and operation of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Water Works, the site of the nation's first successful municipal water…

  • 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
    Sunday Seminar

    Downtown Parks and Urban Development: Balancing Tensions and Benefits

    Downtown, the stakes are always bigger for balancing the highest and best use of private real estate with public space needs. Because of their scale, visibilit…

  • 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
    Special Event

    Opening Reception

    It’s time to play and what better place to host the Greater & Greener opening reception than the Please Touch Museum. Since 1976, the Please Touch Museum has b…

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  • 6:20 AM-7:20 AM

    Rocky Run 5K

    Cue the training montage! Join fellow attendees for an easy run through some of Philadelphia’s most used running paths and sights. We’ll meet in time for sunri…

  • 7:00 AM-7:00 PM

    Registration

    Registration services for Greater & Greener participants. Please note: Prior to checking in with us, you will be required to pass our Health and Safety protoc…

  • 7:30 AM-8:30 AM

    Coffee & Tea Service

    Join us early for some fresh coffee and tea.

  • 8:30 AM-9:00 AM

    Opening Remarks | Welcome

    Join us for the official start of the next Greater & Greener, the international urban parks conference, with a welcome from City Parks Alliance Executive Direc…

  • 9:00 AM-9:25 AM
    Keynote

    Keynote

    Our keynote speaker will set the stage for Greater & Greener 2022 with a discussion about why greater biodiversity in cities is not only essential but poss…

  • 9:25 AM-10:30 AM
    Plenary

    Plenary Session and Looking Ahead

    Building on our keynote’s address on the roles of cities and parks in natural resilience, our plenary panel will have a moderated conversation about the roles …

  • 10:30 AM-11:15 AM

    Networking Break

    Refresh and reinvigorate yourself, and discover our exhibitors' wonderful products and services in the Exhibition Hall.

  • 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
    Panel

    Urban Park Grant Opportunity – Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP)

    The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) is a nationally competitive urban grant program funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Th…

  • 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
    Panel

    Olmsted Parks: Can They Still Help Us Heal?

    As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Fredrick Law Olmsted's birth, Olmsted-designed parks in two New England cities are at the center of efforts to knit ba…

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  • 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
    Panel

    Rebuild’s Community Engagement Playbook: A Toolkit for Philadelphia

    Rebuild Philadelphia is a monumental investment in neighborhood parks, recreation centers, and libraries that will bring upgrades to more than 70 sites across …

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  • 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
    Panel

    Immigrant Food Culture at FDR Park: A 40-Year Journey of Resilience, Recognition, and Inclusion

    Philadelphia's FDR Park is home to a vibrant and popular immigrant food vending culture that has thrived for over four decades. This informal community vending…

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  • 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
    Innovation Round

    Managing Urban Land for Climate Resiliency

    The path toward building healthy and resilient cities requires big shifts in urban land management practices and conservation. As park agencies and organizatio…

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  • 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
    Panel

    Reclaiming Streets and Plazas

    In nearly each and every community, streets comprise the largest percentage of publicly owned land and are the single largest land use. Yet when we think of pu…

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  • 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
    Panel

    Cooling Off in the Age of Climate Change

    Climate change is bringing extreme heat to more of our communities. This is a public health threat, especially for low-income and vulnerable populations. This …

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  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Peer-to-Peer

    Hiring to Reflect the Community You Serve

    The traditional hiring practices in a civil service system are flawed and contain numerous barriers to employing a workforce that is reflective of the citizens…

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Peer-to-Peer

    Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP)

    Interested in applying for an Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) grant but confused about the process? Join City Parks Alliance and National Park Se…

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Peer-to-Peer

    Equitable Parks through City Wide Parks Foundations

    As resource-strapped parks departments struggle to do more with less, partnerships with city-wide park foundations (CWPFs) can help parks departments succeed i…

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Peer-to-Peer

    Community-Based Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning

    The National Park Service (NPS) oversees about 4.5 miles of urban waterfront within the San Francisco Bay, including Crissy Field, Fort Mason, and Aquatic Park…

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Peer-to-Peer

    Invasive Species Removal: Investing in More Than Just the Environment

    The problems associated with invasive plant species have traditionally been recognized as having the greatest impacts on agriculture, forestry, and native biod…

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Peer-to-Peer

    Green Schoolyards for Climate and Community Resilience

    Park agencies and school districts are partnering to advance green schoolyards, which offer a plethora of environmental, community, health, and academic benefi…

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Peer-to-Peer

    COVID and the Car-Free Urban Park: What Happens Next?

    Many cities saw park usage skyrocket during the COVID crisis because of residents' need for both social-distanced recreation and escaping crowded, cooped-up ho…

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Cohort-Oriented Peer-to-Peer

    Citywide Park Nonprofit Leaders Cohort

    Join with other leaders from citywide park nonprofits for a private, collegial peer-to-peer lunch and conversation on pertinent topics for those leading and ma…

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Peer-to-Peer

    Inclusive Practices for Volunteer Management

    In this peer-to-peer conservation, the Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC) will share information about its Super Steward Trail Maintainer program, a volunteer pro…

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Peer-to-Peer

    Partnerships for Parks: Generating Sustainability for NYC’s Vast Network of Community Park Leaders

    Partnerships for Parks just celebrated its 25th year as a groundbreaking public-private institution in New York City that delivers innovation and equitable com…

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Cohort-Oriented Peer-to-Peer

    Public Agency Leaders Cohort

    Join with other public agency leaders for a private, collegial peer-to-peer lunch and conversation on pertinent topics relating to urban parks, recreation and …

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Peer-to-Peer

    Changing Practice: Dispelling the Myths of Community Engagement

    There are dozens of commonly held fallacies about community engagement and how to do it right. Join this peer-to-peer conversation on the realities of commun…

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Peer-to-Peer

    Reimagined Park Rangers

    The City of Austin has spent the past two years reviewing how park rangers work with the community to create welcoming park spaces. Park Rangers are the main s…

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Cohort-Oriented Peer-to-Peer

    Individual Park Nonprofit/Conservancy Leaders Cohort

    Join with other leaders from individual park nonprofits or conservancies for a private, collegial peer-to-peer lunch and conversation on pertinent topics for t…

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Peer-to-Peer

    Solutions to Help Overcome Park Gang Dilemmas

    No matter what city, suburb, or neighborhood parks are in, gangs have probably found their way into them. This peer-to-peer conversation is about the gang issu…

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Peer-to-Peer

    How Park Friends Groups Transition into Operating Relationships with Government

    Are you part of a small- and medium-sized park friends groups looking for practical tips and real-world examples on how to scale your work for greater impact? …

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Peer-to-Peer

    Urban Foods and Community Resilience

    Join Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) in this peer-to-peer conversation, as they share their experiences building community resilience through local food ini…

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Peer-to-Peer

    Transforming Parks: A Case Study Approach for Connecting Communities to Nature

    The Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee invites organizations in other cities to learn from its experience as an environmental education community center with a …

  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
    Peer-to-Peer

    Developing Non-Motorized Networks in Smaller Communities

    This Peer-to-Peer conversation will explore the need for non-motorized networks, steps that communities can take to support them, the role of those networks in…

  • 12:30 PM-2:15 PM
    Cohort-Oriented Peer-to-Peer

    Funders Learning Network 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 discussio…

  • 12:45 PM-1:45 PM

    Netwalking: LOVE Park

    Grab your lunch and join a City Parks Alliance Board Member for an informal walk to the LOVE Park where you can network with your peers and get outdoors. Phila…

  • 12:45 PM-1:45 PM

    Netwalking: The Rail Park

    Grab your lunch and join a City Parks Alliance Board Member for an informal walk to The Rail Park where you can network with your peers and get outdoors. The R…

  • 12:45 PM-1:45 PM

    Netwalking: Sister Cities Park

    Grab your lunch and join a City Parks Alliance Board Member for an informal walk to Sister Cities Park where you can network with your peers and get outdoors. …

  • 12:45 PM-1:45 PM

    Netwalking: Rittenhouse Square

    Grab your lunch and join a City Parks Alliance Board Member for an informal walk to Rittenhouse Square where you can network with your peers and get outdoors. …

  • 12:45 PM-1:45 PM

    Netwalking: Washington Square

    Grab your lunch and join a City Parks Alliance Board Member for an informal walk to Washington Square where you can network with your peers and get outdoors. W…

  • 12:45 PM-1:45 PM

    Netwalking: Boathouse Row

    Grab your lunch and join a City Parks Alliance Board Member for an informal walk to Boathouse Row where you can network with your peers and get outdoors. Boath…

  • 12:45 PM-1:45 PM

    Netwalking: Dilworth Park

    Grab your lunch and join a City Parks Alliance Board Member for an informal walk to Dilworth Plaza where you can network with your peers and get outdoors. Dilw…

  • 12:45 PM-1:45 PM

    Netwalking: Schuylkill Banks River Park

    Grab your lunch and join a City Parks Alliance Board Member for an informal walk to Schuylkill Banks River Park where you can network with your peers and get o…

  • 12:45 PM-1:45 PM

    Netwalking: John F. Collins Park

    Grab your lunch and join a City Parks Alliance Board Member for an informal walk to John F. Collins Park where you can network with your peers and get outdoors…

  • 1:45 PM-2:30 PM

    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 service…

  • 2:30 PM-3:45 PM
    Panel

    Learn to Float: Building Resilience with Human-Made Wetlands

    The COVID 19 pandemic has reinforced that urban parks, particularly waterfront parks, are essential spaces for health and resilience. Rivers, lakes and harbors…

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  • 2:30 PM-3:45 PM
    Panel

    Rethinking Play for Diverse Voices and Needs

    A play environment provides the opportunity to tell a story, a story that can inform the design of a space, and both can have catalytic effects on the surround…

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  • 2:30 PM-3:45 PM
    Panel

    Equity in Practice – Frameworks for Organizational Change

    A true commitment to building resilient cities recognizes that antiracist and equity centered work calls us to uphold the principle that in order to truly supp…

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  • 2:30 PM-3:45 PM
    Panel

    Greening Legacy Cities to Build Economic Opportunity for All

    In legacy (or-post industrial) cities, the need for access to open space and recreation can take on acute and unique challenges and opportunities. This panel w…

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  • 2:30 PM-3:45 PM
    Panel

    Reclaiming Lost Histories with Revitalized Public Spaces

    Public art projects in parks and greenways can be important vehicles to help uncover lost stories of the surrounding community, challenge narratives, and celeb…

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  • 2:30 PM-3:45 PM
    Innovation Round

    Engagement Strategies That Empower Change

    Between the COVID pandemic and widespread advocacy for racial justice, 2020 increased the commitment of many communities and organizations to identify and purs…

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    Pioneering Play: The Story and Impact of One of America’s First Playgrounds

    When the Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse opened its doors in 1899, it stood at the forefront of a national playground movement and served as a model fo…

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    Covering a Highway and Uncovering the Power of Partnerships and People: The New Penn’s Landing Park

    With the new Penn’s Landing Park, Philadelphia is preparing to make a once-in-a-generation investment in healing the physical and psychological division that t…

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    Back to Our Roots: Organic Developments in Municipal Operations

    This tour will take you through three examples of emerging operations that Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is leading in the world of organic recycling. Fi…

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    Rebuild Initiative: Building Stronger Communities

    There are more than 400 neighborhood parks, recreation centers, and libraries in Philadelphia. They serve as safe spaces for people to learn, play, exercise, a…

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    A Resilient Vision for Historic FDR Park

    Take a hard-hat tour of FDR Park in South Philadelphia with Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and local design firm WRT to get a…

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    Farm Philly: Philly’s Urban Agriculture Program

    Farm Philly, established in 2014, is the urban agriculture program of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. Through diverse programming, Farm Philly connects Ph…

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    Waterfront Reborn: Using Public Infrastructure to Leverage and Frame Private Development

    How can partners thoughtfully and incrementally transform vacant, underutilized, and disconnected public spaces into people-centered destinations that encourag…

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    Reimagining the Parkway

    Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the city’s grand civic boulevard and historic cultural epicenter. From hosting Jay-Z to a Super Bowl Parade to the …

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    Community Schoolyards: The Park Solution Hiding in Plain Sight

    City agencies and school districts across the country are finding new solutions for park access by transforming schoolyards into high-quality community play sp…

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  • 4:00 PM-5:15 PM
    Panel

    Moving Beyond Intent: The Tools to Take Equity into Action

    New park organizations have an unprecedented opportunity to redefine what open spaces can be and what they can do in communities. However, they often lack tact…

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  • 4:00 PM-5:15 PM
    Innovation Round

    Successful Advocacy for Accessible Parks and Healthier Neighborhoods

    A desire to address social, economic, and environmental justice issues in historically underserved neighborhoods has cultivated a movement of greenspace advoca…

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  • 4:00 PM-5:15 PM
    Panel

    Outdoors for All: Partnerships to Make Parks Welcoming and Inclusive

    Parks and natural open spaces should be welcoming and inclusive spaces that allow all community members to co-create their experiences in them, especially for …

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  • 4:00 PM-5:15 PM
    Panel

    Designing Equitable and Welcoming Public Spaces

    In a time of such divisiveness, how can parks help bring communities together? This panel will share the story of how a neighborhood organization dedicated the…

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  • 4:00 PM-5:15 PM
    Panel

    Funding Advocacy for Resilient Parks

    This panel explores advocacy approaches for attaining funding equity for resilient parks. Most funding for parks and resiliency is generated through voter-appr…

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  • 5:30 PM-7:00 PM
    Special Event

    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, con…

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  • 6:30 AM-7:30 AM

    Morning Walk: Eastern State Penitentiary Park and Corinthian Gardens

    Join CPA Strategic Communications Manager Katie Burns for this early-morning walk to Eastern State Penitentiary, once the most famous and expensive prison in t…

  • 6:30 AM-7:30 AM

    Morning Walk: Boathouse Row

    Join CPA Senior Membership Manager Theresa Gang, a seasoned medaled rower, for a power walk to Boathouse Row and back before the start of the Tuesday conferenc…

  • 7:00 AM-6:00 PM

    Registration

    Registration services for Greater & Greener participants and CEU form drop-off. Please note: Prior to checking in with us, you will be required to pass our He…

  • 7:30 AM-8:30 AM

    Coffee & Tea Service

    Join us early for some fresh coffee and tea.

  • 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
    Mayors Forum

    Welcome | Mayors Forum

    Our Mayors Forum will discuss examples of successes and challenges in implementing policies that drive more equitable community development through greater inv…

  • 10:00 AM-10:30 AM
    Keynote

    Keynote | Looking Ahead to Greater & Greener 2024

    Picking up on the themes in our Mayors Forum, our day two keynote speaker will address the multi-functional roles of parks, trails, and public spaces in creati…

  • 10:30 AM-11:15 AM

    Networking Break

    Refresh and reinvigorate yourself, and discover our exhibitors' wonderful products and services in the Exhibition Hall.

  • 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
    Innovation Round

    Nature, Trauma, and Healing

    As communities increasingly view their local parks as a places of positive, safe, and healthy activities, grassroots efforts have created a push for culturally…

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  • 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
    Panel

    Do Innovatively Designed Playgrounds Mitigate Sociodemographic Disparities in Playground Use?

    A study of neighborhood parks found that for every 10 percent increase in neighborhood poverty, the number of playground users diminished by 20 percent. This …

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  • 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
    Panel

    The Global Context: Parks’ Roles in Health, Climate, and Biodiversity

    This panel will explore the status of park systems in Mexico, the UK, and Canada and how they are addressing health equity, climate change, and the biodiversit…

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  • 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
    Panel

    Local Strategies for Climate Resiliency

    In southwest Yonkers, NY, a historically marginalized and racially-segregated community along the Hudson River, the need for climate-resilient and green-space …

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  • 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
    Panel

    Youth Workforce Development and Park Equity

    This panel will examine the opportunities for youth workforce development that intersects with the need for park equity. In the Delaware Valley, panelists wil…

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  • 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
    Panel

    Arts, Culture, and Creative Placemaking for Parks and Public Space

    This panel will explore the power of arts and culture to engage community and build civic connections in collaboration with parks and civic spaces. In one city…

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  • 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
    Panel

    Organic Park Lands Management

    New Panel Session!Advocates and government agencies are seeking ways to move toward more organic management practices for park lands and public spaces. But imp…

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  • 12:30 PM-1:45 PM

    Lunch on Your Own

    Explore local eateries near the hotel or grab a quick bite and enjoy the Philadelphia outdoors. A list of local restaurants can be found on your conference mob…

  • 1:45 PM-2:30 PM
    Special Event

    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.

  • 2:30 PM-3:45 PM
    Panel

    Inspiring and Transformative Approaches to Climate Adaptation

    Climate change is forcing cities to take drastic measures to address increasing challenges for their citizens and businesses, and look globally for ideas and s…

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  • 2:30 PM-3:45 PM
    Panel

    Becoming the Economic Lever for Equity in Your Community

    The COVID-19 pandemic is amplifying economic disparities across the nation. Yet, there is one community resource that is leveling the playing field for underse…

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  • 2:30 PM-3:45 PM
    Innovation Round

    Green Linings Playbook: Innovative Responses to Inequity During the Pandemic

    Participants in this innovation round will learn about the innovative programs born from the pandemic that took place in parks and local play spaces that provi…

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  • 2:30 PM-3:45 PM
    Panel

    Raleigh’s Changing Parks: Equitable Access, Gentrification, and Trust

    Raleigh, North Carolina, like other cities in the U.S., has a storied past of segregation. The city continues to grapple with challenges relating to equitable …

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  • 2:30 PM-3:45 PM
    Poster Session

    City Parks Lab

    Meet, discuss and learn from a curated group of presenters sharing new research, tools and practical how-to guidance for parks practitioners at the City Parks …

  • 2:30 PM-3:45 PM
    Panel

    Community Leadership in Planning and Managing Parks and Public Spaces

    Community-driven programming of parks is becoming more commonplace, but this panel will share the story of two cities where local residents have been deeply en…

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  • 2:30 PM-3:45 PM
    Panel

    Planning for Inclusive Housing, Parks and Public Spaces

    Many communities fear “green gentrification” while seeking to balance affordability and economic stability with equitable community development. This panel wi…

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    Passionate Neighbors, Powerful Parks: The Park Friends Network

    Philadelphia has a tradition of dedicated volunteers who support city agencies with their time, talent, and sweat equity. Public spaces are often supported by …

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    Pioneering Plants, Participation and Partnerships: Stormwater Management for a Greener Future

    Implemented in 2011 to meet state and federal Clean Water Act regulations, Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters stormwater management plan improves water qu…

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    Chinatown: Crossroads of Change at the Rail Park

    The Rail Park is unlike any other park in Philadelphia. Its vision is to revitalize three miles of unused rail lines into an accessible, active, and inclusive …

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    Exploring Philadelphia’s Urban Forest

    Philadelphia is home to more than 10,000 acres of parkland and 115,000 street trees, which make up only a portion of its amazing and diverse urban forest. Tree…

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Skill-Building Workshop

    Using Data to Create Equitable Park Investment Strategies

    Parks and open spaces support public health, local economies, the environment, and community cohesion. And yet historic disinvestment has left many communities…

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    Using Partnerships to Create Innovative Spaces and Programming

    Join Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) staff as they showcase innovative programs and partnerships to reach new audiences. See how PPR uses new technol…

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    Play to Learn: Local Perspectives on Embedding Playful Learning in Everyday Spaces

    Join national experts and local leaders in play for an engaging, interactive tour of playful learning installations recently unveiled in neighborhoods across P…

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    Greening Philadelphia: How Horticulture is Impacting the City

    Join the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) on a tour of how this lauded non-profit has shaped the cityscape of Philadelphia through its programs that us…

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    PowerCorpsPHL’s PowerTrek: Connecting Workforce Development with Environmental Stewardship

    PowerCorpsPHL is a cross-sector collaborative model that engages disconnected young adults and returning citizens to enter and succeed in career pathways by us…

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  • 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Mobile Workshop

    Loving Devil’s Pool: Balancing Popularity with Conservation

    Devil's Pool is a spectacular natural site with water features, tall trees, and dramatic rocks located in the heart of the Wissahickon Valley Park. The Wissahi…

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  • 4:00 PM-5:15 PM
    Panel

    History, Place, and Identity

    As the cultural identity of neighborhoods change, so do park needs. Park designers are working directly with community residents to create adaptable, accessibl…

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  • 4:00 PM-5:15 PM
    Panel

    Federal Community Development Funding Opportunities for Sustainable Infrastructure

    This session will highlight how federal sources of community development financing can be used to address sustainable and inclusive community infrastructure in…

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  • 4:00 PM-5:15 PM
    Innovation Round

    Blueways and Greenways

    Greenways and water trails have the potential to create new, climate-friendly ways for cities to provide viable transportation, recreational options, and impro…

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  • 4:00 PM-5:15 PM
    Panel

    Balancing Human and Ecological Needs in Parks

    This panel will address different challenges and opportunities to balance human and ecological needs in parks. A process called “creative fitting” identifies …

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  • 4:00 PM-5:15 PM
    Panel

    Equitable Development Planning in Action

    The new movement for parks and green space equity is in the process of making long-overdue gains in economic equity and racial justice in the built environment…

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  • 4:00 PM-5:15 PM
    Panel

    Innovative Approaches to Addressing Homelessness

    Homelessness is a complicated issue that affects virtually all cities large and small. This panel will explore how one downtown improvement district developed …

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  • 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
    Special Event

    Closing Reception | Water Works

    As Greater & Greener 2022 comes to a close, it's time to wind down with friends old and new at the iconic Water Works. Situated on the east bank of the Sc…