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The Case for Open Space: As Colorado grows, where will we put new urban parks, and who pays for it?

July 18, 2019
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Denver
2121 Children's Museum Dr.
Denver, CO United States
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The Case for Open Space
As Colorado grows, where will we put new urban parks, and who pays?

When: Thursday, July 18th, 2019, 3:30 pm – 7 pm
Where: The Children’s Museum of Denver and Joy Park, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver

About the program:
Colorado’s population has nearly doubled since 1993, and Denver may grow by another 250,000 by 2040. From Central Park to City Park, our best urban developments have already been shaped by great parks and greenways. With rising land costs, our best strategy today may be to reclaim paved areas and worn-out industrial lands.

This program looks at the most innovative efforts to plan, design, and pay for new parks, while discussing how they will shape the next generation of development.

“Parks and open spaces are essential for the creation of vibrant communities and successful projects. As practitioners and investors, we may well realize this: but how can we identify specific opportunities to incorporate various types of open spaces into our projects? How can we better understand both the health benefits and the return on investment? Who should build them? Who should maintain them?” (from ULI’s Case for Open Space Report).

Keynote speaker and moderator:

James F. Lima
President, James Lima Planning + Development
Co-author of the new ULI report: “The Case for Open Space: Why the Real Estate Industry Should Invest in Parks and Open Spaces.”


  • Mike Bouchard, Assistant Director of Design + Construction, Denver Parks Denver’s Five-Year “Game Plan” for P&R; ballot issue 2A providing funding to buy new park land
  • Bill Mosher, Senior Managing Director, Trammell Crow Company
    How Riverview at 1700 Platte enhances South Platte greenway
  • Jason Winkler, INDUSTRY
    St. Charles Place Park ($1.2 million rehab)
  • Tim Siebert, Vice President, Nor’wood Development
    Olympic Museum Park/Legacy Loop; CO Springs Parks Task Force
  • Harriet LaMair, Executive Director, High Line Canal Conservancy
    Master plan for parks and compatible development along this 71-mile waterway
  • Tyler Gibbs, former Planning Director, Steamboat Springs
    $10 million Yampa Street Corridor project, Steamboat Springs


Don’t miss the conversation. This program will include important dialogue on…

  • Denver’s five-year “Game Plan” for Parks and Recreation
  • Ballot issue 2A, which provides funding to buy new park land
  • Catalytic projects and initiatives from the Trust for Public Land
  • Colorado municipalities discussing strategies and plans to grow parks and open space across the state
  • Strategies for floodplain issues and enhancing recreation and access to waterways, greenways, and urban trails
  • Case studies from the Front Range sharing innovative solutions in the public and private sector regarding building, maintaining, and funding projects for open space

Program cost varies by membership type. All attendees eligible for continuing education credits through AIA, AICP, and the Colorado Real Estate Commission. Please click below to register or contact ULI Customer Service at 1-800-321-5011.

Join ULI Colorado for a special summer networking reception + adult play time in Joy Park following the program (6 – 7 pm). Registration includes food, drink, and special access to the Children’s Museum’s newest outdoor exhibit, the Adventure Forest.cl

Thanks to our sponsor!

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