Open Space Dialogues: Money Doesn’t Grown on Trees

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
12:00 am

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New York Law School, New York, NY

Event Type: Lecture



Open Space Dialogues: Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees

Parks provide multiple benefits in dense urban environments, from recreation to mental health to sustainability and resilience. But staying on top of daily wear and tear and addressing the structural deficiencies of aging infrastructure need to be funded. How should we pay to create and maintain our public realm? In this Open Space Dialogues panel, park practitioners and advocates from New York City and beyond will explore what options exist for ensuring parks in all five boroughs have a sustainable financial future.

  • What are innovative funding strategies applicable to NYC parks?
  • What lessons can we learn from cities with unusual parks funding streams?
  • How do you build an equitable approach into park funding in all neighborhoods?


Eloise Hirsh, President, Freshkills Park Alliance

Mychal Johnson, Co-Founding Member, South Bronx Unite

Christopher Rizzo, Board Chair, Friends of Van Cortlandt Park


Jeff Hébert, Partner, HR&A Advisors

Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Julie Tighe, President, NYLCV and NYLCVEF


Katie Honan, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Program starts at 6:30 pm.

This event will be livestreamed by CityLand from the New York Law School’s Center for New York City Law. The livestream will play from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, and will then be uploaded as a video.

2018-2019 Open Space Dialogues

Open Space Dialogues: Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees is the fourth panel of the 2018-2019 Open Space Dialogues. Expect an evening of provocative presentations and discussion created by New Yorkers for Parks and New York Law School. This event is generously hosted by The Center for New York City Law and The Impact Center for Public Interest Law at New York Law School.

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