2019 Partner Conference

Monday, March 2, 2020
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
The City Club of San Francisco
155 Sansome Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

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Join the Parks Alliance as we come together for a day of skill building and knowledge sharing. Learn from the experts and gain the tools you need to make your unique community vision into a reality!

The Conference is Sold Out! 

 Each fiscally sponsored Partner of the Parks Alliance is required to send at least one representative and will receive two free registrations. Street Park projects receive one free registration. Additional and non-Partner registrations are $25. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, happy hour, sessions and conference materials. 

Conference Schedule
See the full session listings here.

8:30am Registration & Breakfast

9:00am Program Begins, featuring opening keynote: Ron Finley is known as The Gangster Gardener for his work reclaiming neglected city property as a means of food production in his native South Central Los Angeles, where ‘the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.’ Finley’s brand of guerrilla gardening aims to reach throughout and beyond Los Angeles to create a ‘world where gardening is gangsta, where cool kids know their nutrition and where communities embrace the act of growing, knowing and sharing the best of the earth’s fresh-grown food.’ Finley’s work gained notoriety after his viral 2013 Ted Talk, A Guerrilla Gardener in South Central LA, which has garnered nearly 4 million online views.

10:00am Morning Session #1

  • Working with Local Developers: Public private partnerships are a creative and increasingly common way to fund, build and maintain public spaces, in San Francisco and beyond. Real estate developers, city agencies and communities are typically aligned in their interest in better public space, but often do not know how to communicate and partner with one another in efficient and productive ways. Hear lessons learned from a real-world example of how SFPA staff is engaging with a local real estate developer to create a pioneering new public plaza, Eagle Plaza. Read more
  • Leveraging City Funding to Transform your Community: *Session at capacity, registration closed* Join us as we demystify all things city funding and grants! In this session you'll learn about how the city's budget process works, how your group can get funding from city hall and how to submit a strong grant proposal. Read more

11:00am Morning Session #2

  • The ABC's of Urban Greening and Landscape Planning: From assessing your site to planting it, creating a successful urban green space involves many moving parts. Who should you consult? When, where, and what do you plant? How do you design for easier maintenance? Learn some tips and tricks through an interactive panel with local experts on successful landscaping practices and processes. Read more
  • Working with Your Community to Build and Sustain Your Project - a Step-by-Step Approach: *Session at capacity, registration closed* Panel presentation followed by breakout sessions utilizing toolkits and scenarios to build a strong and sustainable project, whether you are just starting out or working through an ongoing project. Learn from those who have had success in their communities, as they share their best practices and tools for community building and volunteer management. Read more

12:30pm Lunch, featuring keynote from Phil Ginsburg, General Manager at SF Recreation and Parks Department

1:30pm Afternoon Session

  • Crafting Community: Creating Successful Spaces through Art and Activation: *Session at capacity, registration closed* San Francisco's public spaces belong to all of us, but all too often these spaces feel as though they're shaped by forces beyond our control. Making these spaces reflect the character and culture of the surrounding community is the goal of elected officials, community groups and local nonprofits—so how can we accomplish that? Join us for an animated discussion with activists and experts about how you can use art and activity to engage your neighbors to create spaces that truly belong to everyone. Read more
  • Storytelling to Inspire Giving: Ignite curiosity about your project through effective storytelling and help create a culture of fundraising in your community. Learn best practices for sharing that will make a difference with your community. You will leave with practical tips for sharing their mission through stories including how to fundraise to build, program and maintain your project. Read more

2:30pm Closing Keynote: Walter Hood, is a landscape architect and Berkeley professor, who explores the ways in which public spaces can reclaim the past and embrace the future through design. Hood notably explored this theme in his acclaimed 2018 Ted Talk, How urban spaces can preserve history and build community. Hood is principal of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, CA and the former Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. Hood has worked in a variety of settings including architecture, landscape architecture, art, community and urban design, and planning and research.

3:30pm - 4:30pm Happy Hour & Networking with complimentary drinks and hor d'oeuvres


Sponsored by

Sponsor - SFPA Part Conference - CCG

Presenting Sponsor 




Interested in Sponsoring? Contact Iris Fluellen today at iris@sfparksalliance.org

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