EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Open Space Dialogues: Reconstructing the Capital Process

Dean Anthony W. Crowell, New York Law School & Lynn B. Kelly, New Yorkers for Parks, Executive Director invite you to join us for:

Open Space Dialogues: Reconstructing the Capital Process

Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 6-8PM

New York Law School

185 West Broadway, New York, New York 10013


Brooklyn Bridge Park, Williamsbridge Oval, Lyons Square Playground, Estella Diggs Park: all were constructed or renovated in major capital projects recently. The ribbon-cutting of a park opening is one of the most joyous sights in New York City, but the process to get to that celebratory moment is sometimes lengthy, expensive, and confusing. When NY4P released a report in 2014 on capital projects management, anecdotal concerns about parks capital projects coalesced into a citywide conversation. Since then, NYC Parks has improved their operations. Alongside, political pressure and the growth of resident-involvement programs, like Participatory Budgeting, have ratcheted up New Yorkers’ expectations of the speed, public involvement, quality, and cost-efficiency of parks capital projects. The time is ripe to consider the successes, as well as the room for improvement, in New York City’s parks capital process.

  • What has NYC Parks done to improve the process? What is outside their scope?
  • What are public expectations of funding, designing, assigning, and building park projects?
  • What can be learned by looking at public-private partnerships?
  • How can the capital process be more equitable?



Susan M. Donoghue, President & Park Administrator, Prospect Park Alliance

Diane Jackier, Chief of Capital Strategic Initiatives, NYC Parks

Charles McKinney, Practical Visionary


Andrew Cohen, Council Member, 11th District (Bronx)

Celeste Frye, Founder & CEO, Public Works Partners

Jennifer Godenzo, Senior Director, Participatory Budgeting Project


Eli Dvorkin, Editorial & Policy Director, Center for an Urban Future

There is no charge for this event.

For more information on the individual panels, click here.


This event is graciously 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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