Lecture Series

Spotlighting parks design and innovation

Through the Next Generation of Parks™ Lecture Series, global design innovators and local thought-leaders showcase the most exciting new parks destinations and delve into important issues affecting our vibrant city and region.

The 2015 series features impressive talent and dynamic speakers from across the county and around the world – including our own backyard.

Next Event

Parks and the Next Generation
Pohlad Auditorium, Minneapolis Central Library
This is a FREE public event


Seating is Limited • Registration opens May 28
Please join us for a pre-lecture coffee hour at 6pm

Get Tickets


2015 Series Continues

Cities for All: The Role of Parks & Open Spaces
Capri Theater, Minneapolis
Gil Penalosa, Executive Director, 8-80 Cities

About the Lecture Series

In 2010, we helped jumpstart a conversation about parks design and city-building with our first Next Generation of Parks™ Lecture Series, hosting landscape designers and park advocates whose work includes The High Line in New York and London’s Green Grid. The Parks Foundation has produced a lecture series nearly every year since, always with the goal of demystifying the impact of great design – inspiring thousands to be champions for dynamic, vibrant public space in Minneapolis and throughout the region.

Past Presentations

Past Partners

The Next Generation of Parks™ Lecture Series has been proudly co-presented with significant contribution from these partners:

NGP Partner Logos