Public Discussion

Enduring Gifts & Visionary Landscapes - discussion of public parks and the legacy of private philanthropy

Join us at the Auckland Museum for a discussion with Cornwall Park's lead landscape architect, Thomas Woltz, for a discussion on public parks and the legacy of private philanthropy. 

Many of the most beloved public parks around the world are the legacy of extraordinary vision and generosity of private individuals - Auckland's Cornwall Park embodies that foresight as a gift to the people of New Zealand from Sir John Logan Campbell.

Thomas Woltz, a landscape architect with a long history of leading projects in New Zealand, will present examples from the portfolio of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects that explore the role of private philanthropy in building publicly accessible park space over the last century. For many parks, ongoing private philanthropy and public / private partnerships have become the 21st Century solution that selectively responds to the increasing cost of construction,maintenance, management, and preservation that parallel ever-increasing public use. Examples will show the tremendous value that partnerships and philanthropy bring to sustaining these important civic spaces - crucial to the health and quality of life of urban communities.

In the presentation Woltz will discuss three major public parks: e Aga Khan Garden in Alberta, Canada;
Memorial Park in Houston, Texas; and Cornwall Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Each is the result of a visionary gift from a single philanthropist, and each is exploring a unique sustainable vision for the 21st Century.

5.30pm - 8pm, talk from 6pm - 7pm.  

Lecture Auditorium, Level 2, Auckland Museum

Access via Southern Entrance Atrium. Parking available underneath Museum. Please RSVP by Tuesday, 16 November 09 524 6442,

Public Discussion