Event Video: Investing in Park Infrastructure

On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, NY4P co-hosted "Investing in Park Infrastructure" with NYU Rudin Center, AECOM, the Trust for Public Land, and New York Building Congress. The program was split into two panel discussions – "The Economic Impact of Park Infrastructure" and "Parks and Big Capital Project Initiatives" – and featured distinguished speakers from the NYC open space, infrastructure, and economic development fields, including NY4P Executive Director Adam Ganser.

"New York is not known for its great buildings - it's known for its great spaces, its parks, its plazas, Times Square. People come here to experience the city." 
– Mitchell Moss quoting Paul Goldberger, architecture critic


Welcome: Mitchell L. Moss, Director of the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation

Panel One: The Economic Impact of Park Infrastructure 

  • Adam Ganser, Executive Director, New Yorkers for Parks 
  • Vincent Albanese, Director of Policy & Public Affairs, NYS Laborers’ Organizing Fund & PAC 
  • Melissa Abramson, Senior Manager of Local Brand Engagement and Impact, REI 
  • Carter Strickland, New York State Director, The Trust for Public Land 

Moderator: Carlo Scissura, President & CEO, New York Building Congress 

Panel Two: Parks and Big Capital Project Initiatives 

  • Amy L. Freitag, Executive Director, J.M. Kaplan Fund, and former Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation 
  • Mauricio Garcia, Chief Program & Engagement Officer, Friends of the High Line 
  • Heather M. Morgan, RLA, Sustainability & Risk Management Lead for Metro New York, AECOM, and former National Sustainability Lead, US Army Corps of Engineers 

Moderator: Mitchell L. Moss