Urban Park Executive Leadership Program Welcomes Park Professionals From Around The World

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Park professionals from across the country, as well as from several major non-US cities, convened March 19-23, 2018, for the first-ever Urban Park Executive Leadership Program, a new program led by the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) and the Central Park Conservancy.

The immersive five-day program equips participants with the skills needed to manage an urban park as part of a public-private park partnership. Featuring classroom learning as well as hands-on fieldwork with Central Park Conservancy staff, the program covers a variety of topics, including park operations and partnership management. The program is made possible by generous support from the JPB Foundation. Eighteen high-level managers in established public-private partnerships and agencies working in urban parks and open spaces were part of the inaugural cohort.

“We are delighted that such a diverse and talented group of park professionals attended the first Urban Park Executive Leadership Program,” said CUNY SPS Dean John Mogulescu.  “As a leader in professional development in New York City, I am proud of our partnership with the Central Park Conservancy and look forward to our work together to enhance the stewardship of urban parks.”

“As the world leader in urban park management, the Central Park Conservancy is uniquely positioned to teach what we have learned to park managers around the world. We are thrilled to kick off our Urban Park Executive Leadership Program and to welcome so many talented park professionals to Central Park,” said Elizabeth W. Smith, President and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy.

To learn more about the Urban Park Executive Leadership Program, visit centralparknyc.org/about/institute.

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