Future of Public Parks Conference

Date: Thursday 13 July 2017
Venue: British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace

Please click here for the full conference programme.

Please use the following links to download the presentation slides from our conference:
Introduction and Session 1A
Session 1B
Session 2
Session 3 and 4

A full PDF report of our conference will be published on this site in August.

This one-day national conference draws together innovative thinking and learning from policy, practice and research on ways to maximise the value of parks as public assets in the twenty-first century. The conference will create opportunities for dialogue, learning and exploration of important questions, issues and challenges that cut across all models of park management whether local authorities, trusts, charities or private sector. These include questions about health and well-being, social and educational use, community involvement and strategies for generating income. This conference provides a timely opportunity to foster a research-informed, policy and practice-orientated dialogue about urban park futures and offers a platform for advancing public debate in light of the findings and recommendations of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee Inquiry. It seeks to promote discussion of what parks might become and how their value can be maximised in the context of changing dynamics of urbanisation, conditions of fiscal restraint, inequalities in health and well-being, growing social and cultural diversity of park users, and other future demands on urban green spaces. The conference will be of interest to policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, local authorities, the voluntary sector, think tanks, and government.

This conference has been kindly sponsored by Leeds Social Sciences Institute and idVerde, with support from The Parks Alliance, Groundwork and Historic England.