New York City’s newest parks are largely funded through a mixture of philanthropy, corporate sponsorships and captured value from adjacent real estate. While these strategies have proven to be effective, they are not viable for existing parks in low- and middle-income neighborhoods. Can concession agreements or smarter design strategies bottom-line routine maintenance costs? Would New Yorkers be open to higher taxes to pay for beloved open spaces?

Join Frances Halsband, Elissa Hoagland, Jamie Maslyn Larson, and Signe Nielsen to debate how to design and finance New York City’s neighborhood parks.


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The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Forum Fellows are welcome to invite one additional guest to attend. Tickets to this event are non-transferable.

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Help us craft a vision for maintaining New York City!
Valuing Parks is the seventh program of Maintaining, a year-long inquiry into strengthening New York City’s physical & social infrastructure.

Share your ideas about how to care for New York City’s public assets.


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