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?

On January 17, the Urban Design Forum invited Frances Halsband, Elissa Hoagland, Andrew Lavallee, Signe Nielsen, and Commissioner Mitchell Silver to debate how to design and finance New York City’s neighborhood parks.


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Valuing Parks is the seventh program of Maintaining, a year-long inquiry into strengthening New York City’s physical & social infrastructure.

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