October 10, 2017
Parkies and open space advocates already know that open spaces are valuable. But how do we talk about the value of these spaces to those who don’t speak the same technical language that we do? Are there ways of valuing open spaces that we haven’t thought of, that we aren’t measuring? How can we better enumerate or describe the varied and diverse benefits that our open spaces provide?
Seeking answers to these questions, NY4P partnered with WXY architecture + design to convene thought leaders in parks, planning, economic development, and government to talk about parks and open space, and more specifically the value of open space. The first of a four-part series, Open Space Dialogues: A New Perspective in Value brought together New York City Council Member and Parks Committee Chair Mark Levine; Kate Collignon of HR&A Advisors; Kei Hayashi of BJH Advisors; Amy Freitag of The J.M. Kaplan Fund; Madelyn Wils of the Hudson River Park Trust; Joshua Laird of National Parks of New York Harbor; and Weisz of WXY architecture + design.
What proceeded was an in-depth and detailed discussion, but we’ve distilled it down the main consensus points that emerged. You’ll see that while everyone agreed that parks are essential city infrastructure and should be treated as such, their unique perspectives painted a picture of what we need to do to understand and convey the true value of parks today. Below are potential metrics and questions raised by the panelists.
What are some new ways of measuring the true value parks?
Everyone likes parks, so why is it so hard to get adequate funding?
The next panel, Open Space Dialogues: A New Perspective in Development + Design, will take place in December. Stay tuned for more information.
The Open Space Dialogues are supported by The Rockefeller Foundation.