Speaker Details

Mark Bernstein

Downtown Area Planner
Denver Parks and Recreation

Mark Bernstein is a licensed landscape architect in the State of Colorado with over twenty-five years of professional experience in the parks and recreation industry. He has dedicated his career to creating livable and healthy communities.

In 1999, he joined the City & County of Denver Department of Parks and Recreation; and by 2001, completed the nation’s largest free public skatepark, Denver Skatepark. Since 2008, Mark has directed the Downtown Denver Program for Denver Parks and Recreation with a focus on all aspects of planning, urban design, development, operations, programming and management for the downtown parks, including Civic Center Park, Skyline Park, Commons Park and other Central Platte Valley parks. In 2012, Mark successfully guided an effort to designate Civic Center as Denver’s first National Historic Landmark. In 2017, he led in partnership with the Downtown Denver Partnership a comprehensive strategic plan, The Outdoor Downtown, for the future of Downtown Denver’s parks and public spaces. Currently, Mark is collaborating with City Parks Alliance in Washington DC to host the Greater & Greener International Urban Parks Conference this July 20-24, 2019.

In addition to Mark’s involvement with development of parks and public spaces, he represents the Department of Parks and Recreation on many fronts with public-private partnerships, such as the Downtown Denver Partnership, Civic Center Conservancy, Riverfront Park Association, Railyard Dogs, Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association, Central Business District, Historic Denver, Colorado Preservation Inc., Visit Denver, Denver Sports Commission, professional sports organizations, special cultural events, special districts and private downtown development.

Mark has lived in Denver since 1997. He enjoys exploring all that Colorado has to offer from the city to the mountains with his wife, Heather, and four children.