SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with City Parks Alliance (CPA) will be presenting the biennial international urban parks conference, Greater & Greener 2015: Innovative Parks, Vibrant Cities starting Monday, April 13th, 2015. There will be more than 1,000 global park leaders, city planning and design professionals, as well as urban park advocates gathering in San Francisco to discover the power of parks in creating healthy, resilient, and sustainable cities.
“San Francisco Rec and Park is proud to be in partnership with City Parks Alliance and the co-host of this one-of-a-kind forum for engaging conversation about urban park issues,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “Through hands-on experiential learning in our parks, we all will be inspired to be better park stewards for our cities across the world.”
City Parks Alliance (CPA) is the nation’s leading advocacy group for urban parks and open spaces. CPA unites and serves a growing network of civic and community leaders, government agencies, parks and recreation authorities, funders and others committed to the creation, revitalization, and sustainability of parks and green spaces that contribute to dynamic and livable cities.
“With more people choosing to live in cities, urban parks have the power to impact a range of social and cultural issues – from health, education, livability and social cohesion, to economic development and urban resilience,” said City Parks Alliance Executive Director Catherine Nagel. “As a region renowned for its visionaries and innovators – willing to experiment and try new approaches – the San Francisco and greater Bay Area parks communities are applying creative solutions to many common issues facing urban parks in the U.S., and globally, and is a natural place to host this event.”
With the San Francisco Bay Area’s spectacular urban park system as the conference participants’ outdoor classroom, they will explore the latest innovation in urban park creation, management, and stewardship. In addition, participants will also learn and network through more than 80 expert-led tours, hands-on workshops, inspiring speakers, and events connecting them to park peers from cities worldwide.
Greater & Greener 2015: international urban parks conference is an investment in the future of park stewards and their organizations and communities. With dynamic educational sessions across a range of conference topics, Greater & Greener 2015 will equip park professionals with leading-edge information, ideas and solutions to take home and apply to their local challenges. Discussions aim to keep park staff and organizations at the forefront of urban park creativity, and save money by discovering new skills, vendors and resources. With real-life examples for organizations of all sizes, and an expanded network of collaborators, participants will return with the tools to truly affect change in their community. For more information about Greater & Greener 2015, please visit: greatergreener.org.