Lecture: “A Park System Like No Other”

Lecture presented on December 12, 2016 in the Frist Art Museum Auditorium

Peter Harnik, director of the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence, challenges Nashville to take its “It City” status into the realm of parks. Harnik is the nation’s leading voice on best practices in parks and has dedicated his career to sharing these good ideas. As an advisor on Metro Parks’ Plan to Play master planning process, Harnik discusses strategies key to a park and greenway system that is world class and uniquely Nashville.

Harnik originated ParkScore, a system for comprehensively measuring how well U.S. cities are meeting the need for parks. His groundbreaking publications include Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities (named one of the five best books of 2010 by the American Society of Landscape Architects), The Excellent City Park System: What Makes It Great and How to Get There (2006); Measuring the Economic Value of a City Park System (2009); From Fitness Zones to the Medical Mile: How Urban Park Systems Can Best Promote Health and Wellness (2011); and Public Spaces/Private Money: The Triumphs and Pitfalls of Urban Park Conservancies (2015). Recent projects include a strategic plan for the park system of Memphis and a report on the benefits and costs of constructing a highway deck park in Denver.

Harnik joined the Trust for Public Land since 2001. He was previously co-founder and vice president of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, coordinator of Environmental Action, Inc., and a co-founder of the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail. A longtime board member of the City Parks Alliance, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, and Smart Growth America, he has also served on the Arlington (VA) Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

This event is presented in partnership with the Nashville Civic Design Center.


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