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? This Peer-to-Peer conversation will identify ways a nonprofit can take a greater role in the life of a public space, from the vantage point of two of the leading park organizations in Massachusetts. This includes striking the first-ever multi-party agreement to fund the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston (by thinking outside the box to create a BID to fund the park) while positioning the Esplanade Association to enter into an innovative agreement with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to design, construct, operate and maintain a new $15 million visitors center for the Esplanade in Boston without the benefit of taxpayer funds. The practical tips learned from this panel would support nearly any park professional looking to grow the influence of their organization.


Michael Nichols

Executive Director, Esplanade Association