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Partnerships for Parks Conference 2013
NYU Law - Vanderbilt Hall: Tishman Auditorium
New York, NY
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Partnerships for Parks Conference 2013
Partnerships for Parks, a joint program of NYC Parks and City Parks Foundation, supports community engagement around greenspace. Since 1995, Partnerships for Parks offers continuous support to more than 5,000 park groups, and 55,000 New Yorkers annually citywide who care about their local parks.

Strong communities make NYC great. But what makes our communities strong? When New Yorkers use NYC's parks and green spaces as places to celebrate, recreate, and learn, neighborhoods become vibrant communities.

The day promises to be a great opportunity to
learn, network, socialize, and even win prizes!

Thank you so much for your support! See conference agenda below.  Speakers and panelists subject to change.


10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Breakfast and RegistrationRemember, your ticket gets you breakfast, lunch, and wine and snacks at the reception, as well as entry into a RAFFLE where you can win a Summerstage membership and other prizes!

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Introductory Remarks: Veronica White, Commissioner, NYC Parks
Larry Scott Blackmon, Deputy Commissioner for Community Outreach, NYC Parks
Alison Tocci, President, City Parks Foundation
Sabina Saragoussi, Director, Partnerships for Parks

Morning Keynote: Holly Leicht, Executive Director, New Yorkers for Parks
Plenary: What Sandy Showed Us: How Engaged Communities Enhance Resiliency Discussion of how local community involvement can make our city safer in the face of climate change related emergencies.
Moderator: Ilya Marritz, Reporter, WNYC
Speakers include: Dorothy Lewandowski, Commissioner of Queens Parks
Zina Skachinsky, Allied Rockaway Foundation for Animal Recreation and Fitness
Jim Scarcella, Natural Resources Protective Association

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Luncheon Keynote: Steve Hindy Co-founder & President, Brooklyn Brewery
Board Member, Prospect Park Alliance Founding Member, Open Space Alliance

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Workshops: First Session:

Raise Your Profile! Media Coverage and Marketing for Community Park Groups
Learn from the experts how to increase the visibility of your organization using traditional media as well as online methods.
Moderator: Jennie Cini, Marketing Solutions, Global Specialist, LinkedIn
Speakers include:
Arthur Pincus, Assistant Commissioner, Communications, NYC Parks
Amy Nowacoski, President, Ginger Snap Works
Jeff Mays, Reporter/Producer DNAinfo New York

Getting Green $ for Green Space
Fundraising experts with diverse experience share their secrets.
Moderator: Tim Tompkins, President, Times Square Alliance
Speakers include:
Tupper Thomas, Founding President, Prospect Park Alliance
Helen Ho, former Development Director Recycle a Bicycle
Nilka Martell, Director, G.I.V.E.

Gardening From the Ground Up
Get your park group more involved in horticulture in your park. Learn how to get permission, what to plant, where to get materials, and how to manage projects.
Moderator: Sara Hobel, Executive Director, The Horticultural Society of New York
Speakers include:
Marechal Brown, Director of Horticulture, NYC Parks
Jennifer Beaugrand, Director, The Bronx is Blooming
Mark Vaccaro, NYC Parks Manager, Manhattan

2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Workshops: Second Session:

Ten Secrets of Successful Community Park Groups Some of our most accomplished park groups will share their incredible work and give you concrete tips on growing your park group, or joining or starting your own.
Martha Lopez-Gilpin, Astoria Park Alliance
Chauncey Young, Harlem River Working Group

All You Need to Know About 501(c)3 Status and Fiscal Sponsorship
Considering or have recently become a 501(c)3? Learn about your options and have the experts answer your questions. Moderator: Karin Kunstler Goodman, Assistant Attorney General, New York Attorney General's Office, Section Chief, Charities Bureau
Speakers include:
Neil Stevenson, Senior Staff Attorney, Lawyers Alliance
Daryl Garrett, Organizational Giving Manager, City Parks Foundation
Gene Ritter, Cultural Research Divers and Educators

People Make Parks: Community Design of Green Space
Hear about two cases where community involvement in environmental planning made our city more sustainable, and learn how you can get involved in your neighborhood.
Moderator: Susan Chin, Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space
Speakers include:
Jordan Pender, Partnerships for Parks
Dylan House, Hester Street Collaborative
Adena Long, Staten Island Borough Commissioner, NYC Parks
Julie Behrens, Principal, Project Urbanista  

4:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Volunteer Awards and Recognition Reception (Sponsored by TD Bank)

We hope you can join us!



NYU Law - Vanderbilt Hall: Tishman Auditorium (View)
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
United States



Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No


Owner: Melissa
On BPT Since: Sep 05, 2013
Partnerships for Parks Conference 2013

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