Urban Park Leadership Program

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • 2022 Deadline: Pending

The application deadline date for the 2022 cohort will be released in Spring 2022.

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About the Program

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 over the course of 9 months while in the program.

Alumni Testimonial

CUNY SPS alumni Heath Riddles-Sanchez provides a testimonial of what he has gotten out of the Urban Park Leadership Program.

Admissions Criteria

We seek executive and senior-level leadership of:

  • Park non-profit organizations in urban areas (conservancies, trusts, alliances, corporations, friends of groups)
  • Parks and recreation agencies in urban areas
  • Affiliated public space partners of urban parks (business/park improvement districts, cultural institutions)

Program Content and Flow

Program Fee

Fees for future sessions of the Leadership Program will be announced with application deadlines.

About our Program Partner

The Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks, founded in 2013, draws on the Conservancy’s history and expertise as a leader in the field of urban park management and public-private park partnerships to empower, inform, connect, and celebrate the individuals and organizations that care for urban parks so that all urban park organizations have the knowledge, leadership, connections, and capacity to create, maintain, and support great public spaces.

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Application Deadlines

  • 2022 Deadline: Pending

Student/Alumni Profiles

Alicia Quirós

Urban Park Leadership Program

"I´m grateful for new connections and relationships that make our community stronger and help us pursue the vision for the park."

Margot Perron

Urban Park Leadership Program

"Central Park Conservancy's expertise is unparalleled and they, along with CUNY SPS, aim to be incredibly helpful and supportive."

Heath Riddles-Sanchez

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."

Recent News About Urban Park Leadership Program

Cara Lambright

July 20, 2021


Cara Lambright, a graduate of the CUNY SPS and Central Park Conservancy’s Urban Park Leadership Program, discusses her new role as CEO of the New Orleans City Park in this Q&A with MyNewOrleans.com.