Parks and the City

POSTED ON June 16, 2020

The Cockburn is pleased to launch this major virtual event on Tuesday 23 June 2020 discussing the role and importance of urban parks.

Join us for this conversation between Professor Cliff Hague, Chairman of the Cockburn Association and Commissioner Mitchell Silver, Department of Parks and Recreation, NYC on the current challenges and future issues facing urban parks in these two Global cities.

In the heart of both Edinburgh and New York lies a green oasis – Princes Street Gardens and Central Park. Each has its unique features, its own identity. Each is well-loved and valued as an iconic part of the urban landscape, providing a tranquil space for residents and visitors alike. Each forms an essential component of a wider urban park network. But each is subject to external pressures, whether driven by climate change or a desire to commodify the space, for both commercial gain and public benefit.

This conversation builds from the public summit held by the Cockburn Association in January 2020. Titled City for Sale: The Commodification of Edinburgh’s Public Spaces, it captured the increasing public concern of the impact to parks and gardens of Festivals and special events, especially those that restricted public access due to private promotion. It highlighted concern about the damage to cherished spaces caused by events and suggested the need for a new protocol for management. The global pandemic of the coronavirus has further emphasised the importance of urban green spaces.

Join us for what will be a fascinating virtual discussion into the importance of Urban Parks in two global cities by two eminent urbanists and town planners, both with international reputations.
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Questions for the speaker can be submitted in advance to Please subject your email ‘Parks in the City Question’.

The event is free. It was will also be streamed live via Facebook at the time. Any donations will be split between the Cockburn Association and the City Park Alliance, an American NGO that campaigns for Urban Parks.

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