Urban Park Leadership Program

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Deadline: January 25, 2021

program start Date: April 5, 2021

The Urban Park Leadership Program brings together senior-level urban park professionals for an experience of learning, network building, and creative problem-solving. Designed, facilitated, and hosted by the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks, and administered by the CUNY School of Professional Studies, the Urban Park Leadership Program comprises web-based professional development experiences covering a range of topics relevant to urban park leadership and management.

Participants engage in a series of self-paced online modules and live workshops and seminars while in the program.

Complete Program Content and Flow

Program Fee

The COVID-19 crisis has caused widespread financial challenges for urban park organizations and agencies around the world. In an effort to make the program as accessible as possible during these challenging times, the 2021 program fee has been reduced to $1,900 per person (from $2,250). The registration fee includes: Participation in the online learning management system, online workshops, seminars and forums, and all online program materials.

The Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks, through generous support from its donors, offers a limited number of economic hardship grants to applicants from qualifying organizations and agencies. Grants are awarded on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Institute. Those who are interested in applying for an economic hardship grant can find more information in the admissions application.

Dates for Upcoming Offerings

The 2021 program will convene April 5 – December 19, 2021.

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About our Program Partner

The Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks, founded in 2013, provides professional education, capacity building, peer-to-peer exchange, and thought leadership to strengthen the field of urban park management so that all park professionals have the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they need to create and support successful and sustainable parks.

Admissions Criteria

We seek executive, senior, and upper-level urban park managers who are:

  • Affiliated with a newly formed (less than 5 years) private (i.e. non-profit) partner of a public-private park partnership; OR
  • New to a position within an established private partner of a public-private park partnership; OR
  • Affiliated with the public partner of an existing or future public private park partnership; OR
  • Administrators / senior-level staff members at public open space agencies; OR
  • Trustees of existing public-private park partnerships, friends-of groups, or volunteer groups 

Application Deadlines

  • Deadline: January 25, 2021
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Student/Alumni Profiles

Heath Riddles

Urban Park Leadership Program

"To me, there is no more valuable learning experience than to be around others who are facing the same daily challenges as we are...and solving them!"

Heidi Anderson

Urban Park Leadership Program

"Since meeting the team at the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks, I have been inspired by the work that they do and grateful for the lessons-learned that they can and have been so willing to share."

James Scott

Urban Park Leadership Program

"The workflow of the program was ideal for busy professionals. It presented meaningful learning opportunities, but the time commitment did not detract from my professional responsibilities. Often times, the content would overlap with real-world problems of practice.