October 10, 2019, Thursday – 2019-2020 Next Generation of Parks™ Event Series, featuring Mitchell J. Silver

Time: 7 PM – 10 PM

Location: University of Minnesota – Rapson Hall, 89 Church Street SE

2019-2020 Next Generation of Parks™ Event Series, featuring Mitchell J. Silver

Join us for opening night of the 2019-2020 Next Generation of Parks™ Event Series, featuring Mitchell J. Silver, Commissioner of NYC Parks.

In 2014, the City of New York launched the $285 million Community Parks Initiative, which reinvests in historically underfunded neighborhoods that have higher concentrations of poverty, are densely populated, or rapidly growing.

One of the most acclaimed urban planners in the United States, Commissioner Silver will bring his characteristic humor and insight to this presentation and share how New York is concentrating on four critical aspects of parks:

1. Swapping out asphalt for greenspace
2. Planning for an aging population and multi-generational use
3. Seamlessly integrating the public realm through Parks Without Borders
4. Leveraging parks as “the first line of defense” in climate change.

As Minneapolis and cities throughout the metropolitan area seek to equitably invest in our parks by connecting people to nature, adapting to a changing climate, and supporting community health, Commissioner Silver has a lot to share with us about the value of inclusion, planning for a new future, and thinking about who truly benefits from parks.

As always, this is a free event.