What I can do for you.

I'm an independent consultant (Charlie McCabe Consulting LLC) who can provide research, analysis and recommendations for parks, placemaking, and programming. With 15 years of experience working with parks non-profits in Austin, Boston and New York City, I know the challenges as well as great solutions that public and non-profit park partnerships have created and I'm happy to help you. 

My current clients include The Central Park Conservancy (Institute for Urban Parks including National Partnerships Lab participants, and The Green Recovery Fund), The City of Austin / Zilker Park Vision Plan (through Design Workshop), work on portions of master plans for public parks, several development companies as well as parks non-profits in the Greater Boston area. I also help with pro-bono research and analysis as well as volunteer work out in parks and public space, primarily with local parks, land trust conservancies and foundations. Past clients include projects for The Trust for Public Land from Sept 2019 through Feb 2021.


Prior to my consulting role, I was the Director of the Center for City Park Excellence at The Trust for Public Land (2017-2019). I've also served as Director of Public Programs for the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy (2012-2015) and the Executive Director of the Austin Parks Foundation (2005-2012). Between the Greenway and The Trust for Public Land, I earned a master's degree in Urban Placemaking & Management at Pratt Institute and worked as a fellow at New Yorkers for Parks and the Municipal Art Society in New York City.

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