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

ULI has held panels focused on parks and open spaces in the following cities (click for a description):

St. Paul, MN | Sacramento, CA | Atlanta, GA | Detroit, MI | San Antonio, TX | Austin, TX

 

Advisory Services Panel Provides Recommendations on Transferring Operations of Downtown Lake Trail

From August 25-30, 2019, ULI convened a group of expert panelists for a parks and open space Advisory Services Panel supported by the 10 Minute Walk Campaign. Panelists explored opportunities to strengthen a public-private partnership to support ongoing operations of Austin’s Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

The panel made recommendations focused on best ways to leverage development in Austin to ensure that the real estate industry both benefits from and supports the trail, which is a beloved active transportation and recreational amenity in the heart of the city. Key recommendations included formalizing the Public-Private Partnership between The Trail Foundation, Austin Parks and Recreation Department, and Austin Watershed Protection Department, utilizing the respective strengths of each organizational partner. Panelists also recommended the group develop a strategic plan and vision that includes a communications strategy, build upon past successes while exploring new ways to maintain and improve the trail, and involved and engage the community to build trust and support. Panelists agreed that The Trail Foundation will need to build capacity to achieve the panel’s recommendations. More information is available here.

 

Advisory Services Panel Provides Strategic Guidance to Transform San Antonio’s Hemisfair Site into Urban District with Park Space

From April 28-May 3, 2019 ULI convened a group of expert panelists in San Antonio, TX for a parks and open space Advisory Services Panel supported by the 10 Minute Walk Campaign. The panelists worked with panel sponsor Hemisfair, with the generous charitable gift from Silver Ventures, to provide recommendations on the final phase of master planning for the eastern portion of Hemisfair,  a 19 acre civic park that when fully delivered, will sustainably reintegrate the 1968 World’s Fair site back into the fabric of downtown San Antonio.The final presentation is available here.

To support inclusive development, generate funds for capital improvements, and contribute towards a vibrant downtown, the multi-disciplinary panel provided recommendations to promote connectivity to the surrounding neighborhoods through complete streets improvements, multiple on-site residential housing opportunities (including affordable and senior housing), and holistic integration with other phased development within the overall site.

 

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 expert panelists 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 report and presentation are now available. 

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. Review a summary on the panel and its recommendations here:

Finding a Funding Solution to Maintain Detroit’s Parks,” Urban Land, May 2, 2019.

 

Advisory Services Panel Advises on 14 Acre Greenspace Over Freeway in Atlanta, GA

From February 24-March 1, 2019 ULI convened a group of expert panelists in Atlanta, GA for a parks and open space Advisory Services Panel supported by the 10 Minute Walk Campaign. The panelists worked with panel sponsor Central Atlanta Progress to provide strategic advice on the funding, planning and development of the Stitch, a proposal for a freeway “lid” with vibrant park space situated between Interstate 75 and Interstate 85 in the city’s downtown. The final report and presentation are now available.

To support inclusive development and the proposal to reclaim 14 acres of new urban greenspace, panelists recommended establishing partnerships with housing, homelessness, transportation, and health and wellness organizations, as well as forming an advisory committee to oversee project development. Panelists also outlined action steps to begin pre-development.Review a summary on the panel and its recommendations here:

To Woo Millennials, Atlanta Considers Covering Highways With Parks,” The Wall Street Journal, January 1, 2019.

The Urban Land Institute To Advise Central Atlanta Progress On Planning And Development Of The ‘Stitch,’ A Proposal For Vibrant Park Space Along I-75 And I-85 Connector,” Saporta Report, February 18, 2019.

 

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

From September 23-28, 2018 ULI convened a group of expert panelists 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 report and presentation is now available.

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 expert panelists 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.