Advisory Services Panels on Parks and Open Space

In conjunction with the 10-Minute Walk campaign, which promotes the bold idea that everyone in urban America should live within a ten-minute walk of a high-quality park, ULI is offering specialized Advisory Services panels focused on parks and open space, resilience, park-connecting infrastructure, health, and related issues. Panels can help communities develop solutions to park challenges and identify strategies to maximize the value of parks and promote improved environmental performance, economic development, and quality of life.

A typical panel costs $135,000, but with support from an external funder, ULI can offer panels at a cost to sponsors of $25,000. Please view the parks and open space Advisory Services panel brochure below to learn more.

View the Parks and Open Space Advisory Services Brochure

Advisory Services Panel Advises City of Detroit on Long-Term Financial Sustainability For Parks and Public Spaces

From March 31- April 5, 2019 ULI convened a group of member experts in Detroit, MI for a parks and open space Advisory Services Panel supported by the 10-Minute Walk Campaign. The panelists worked with the City of Detroit along with leadership from the public, private and philanthropic sectors of Detroit, to provide recommendations on options for generating revenue; coordinating of private, philanthropic and city government expenditures; maximizing public sector funding; and achieving financial sustainability of Detroit parks. The final presentation is available here.

To improve park maintenance and better coordinate park resources, panelists recommended the creation of a citywide parks alliance as well as a structural reorganization of local government departments. Panelists also developed a matrix to evaluate and prioritize park funding models and strategies, including concessions, a special assessment district, value increment recapture, social impact bonds, and park impact fees. Panelists underscored the importance of community engagement and offered recommendations to enable community activation of parks.

Advisory Services Panel Proposes Equitable, Healthy, & Inclusive Community Development in Sacramento, CA

From September 23-28, 2018 ULI convened a group of member experts in South Sacramento, CA for a parks and open space Advisory Services Panel supported by the 10-Minute Walk Campaign. The panelists worked with panel sponsors, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Sacramento Area Municipal Air Quality District, and Sacramento Regional Transit, to provide recommendations on how to retrofit and revitalize South Sacramento’s transit-adjacent neighborhoods into transit-oriented neighborhoods, with active transportation connections and vibrant public spaces. The final presentation is available here.

Panelists recommended building denser mixed-income and mixed-use multifamily housing, developing green multi-modal transportation network to improve “last-mile” options, and creating parks and community gathering spaces along an auto-oriented commercial corridor. Panelists also provided recommendations to jump-start jobs and entrepreneurship and to strengthen leadership and collaboration between community groups and government agencies. Review a summary on the panel and its recommendations here:

Planning for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development in Sacramento,” Urban Land, November 12, 2018.


Advisory Services Panel Proposes Green, Multi-modal, Equitable Development for Freeway Lid in St. Paul, MN

From March 18-23, ULI convened a group of member experts in St. Paul, MN, for a parks and open space Advisory Services Panel supported by the 10-Minute Walk Campaign. The panelists worked with the community-based group ReConnect Rondo to provide recommendations on how parks and open space could be integrated into the development of a “freeway lid” over Interstate 94. The final report and presentation are now available.

Panelists recommended the establishment of a community-driven Rondo Community Civic Commons, a mixed-use development at the center of a proposed Rondo Community Landbridge. The Commons would provide outdoor open space, as well as residential, commercial, cultural, and institutional uses. Panelists also provided recommendations on how to coordinate the landbridge development with investments in multi-modal transportation networks and green infrastructure. Read recaps on the panel and its recommendations here:

Deck parks’ restore community ties in neighborhoods divided by highways,” The Christian Science Monitor, July 30, 2018. 

Reconnecting a Bisected Neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota,” Urban Land, March 29, 2018.

Fired up about Rondo’: Land-bridge concept for St. Paul neighborhood gets a boost,” Minnesota Post, March 28, 2018.

Support builds for bridge over I-94 in St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood,” Star Tribune, March 24, 2018.