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Urban Edge Parks

Speaker Name


Scott Martin, River Heritage Conservancy, Inc (US)


Speaker Profile


Scott has over 20 years experience expanding park, recreation, trail, and open space systems across the US.  Scott holds a BA and MPA (with honors) from Boise State University (Boise, Idaho).  He now serves as Director of a  NGO in Louisville, KY building a new systemic park/conservation network along the Ohio River.


Abstract title


Urban Edge Parks




Parks are vital to supporting the tangible livability of our urban centers.  Today, 54 per cent of the world's population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050. While great park projects are being actively installed in urban cores, and many cities are working on open space/conservation initiatives on their peripheries, few cities are building new urban scale park systems on their metro edges.   This trend stands in direct contrast to Fredrick Law Olmsted’s signature park systems that were frequently constructed on the periphery of fast-growing urban communities like New York, Boston, Louisville, and Buffalo in the 1800's.  This presentation will focus on the 21st Century renewal of Olmsted's anticipatory urban edge park philosophy through successful development of a NGO constructed/operated, 4,000-acre public park system, The Parklands of Floyds Fork( in Louisville, Kentucky.

Earlier Event: October 15
Economic Impact of a Park
Later Event: October 15
Government and Growing Cities