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Urban Park Leadership Program
About the Program
Designed, facilitated, and hosted by the Central Park Conservancy (CPC) Institute for Urban Parks in partnership with the CUNY School of Professional Studies Office of Professional Education and Workplace Learning (PEWL), the Urban Park Leadership Program comprises a combination of web-based professional development experiences and in-person learning covering a range of topics relevant to urban park leadership and management.
Participants engage in a series of online workshops, seminars, self-paced modules, and coaching sessions over the course of nine months, culminating in a week-long session in New York City, and a capstone project.
PEWL was created at the same time as CUNY SPS and designs custom workplace learning programs to help organizations achieve their goals. They are experts in research-based learning practices, online as well as in-classroom curriculum development and implementation. They are uniquely positioned to respond to organizational learning needs and support change management initiatives swiftly and effectively.
View a detailed schedule for the current cohort
Urban Park Leadership Program alumnus Heath Riddles-Sanchez provides a testimonial of his experience.
We seek executive and senior-level leaders (e.g., Director, Vice President, Executive Director, Board Member) 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)
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.