Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


 

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


 

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


What's New

May 11, 2016
Parks stewards and gardeners from across the city knows that our open spaces need more funding, and we're making sure that City Hall knows it, too! Over the next two weeks you'll have 3 opportunities to help us make it happen: 1) Sign our letter to the mayor and City Council telling them to better fund the Parks Department; 2) Join our #PitchIn4Parks Twitter storm on Friday, May 20 from 10 am - 1 pm; 3) Join parks-lovers and gardeners from across the city on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday, May 25, 10 am - 11 am for the Rally 4 Parks. With a strong showing and a unified voice we can ensure better parks for all New Yorkers! 

May 6, 2016
Join NY4P and parks users, gardeners, and advocates from across the city to make sure that the Mayor and City Council know that we need quality parks and open space. We'll gather on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday, May 25 from 10 - 11 am. Every city council member will be at city hall, and with a strong showing we can make sure they hear usRSVP for the Rally 4 Parks today! 

May 6, 2016
Mayor de Blasio and the City Council are just weeks away from finalizing the city budget, and they still haven't included the funding New York City needs to make all of our parks great. We're calling on City Hall to ensure that our parks are well-maintained through the creation of permanent, full-time green jobs - a win-win for all New Yorkers. We're also asking for the creation of new parkland in growing neighborhoods that already lack adequate open space, and increased funding for community gardens across the citySign our letter to the Mayor and City Council telling them you support investing in parks

May 6, 2016
Join us for our online Twitter storm on Friday, May 20 from 10 am - 1pm, telling City Hall that our parks need increased funding. City Hall will hold their Executive Budget hearing at the same time, and even though the public can't testify that doesn't mean we can't make our voices heard! Use hashtag #PitchIn4Parks on Twitter, and tell City Hall why your parks, gardens, and open spaces need more investment. Use the sample tweets provided, and retweet @NY4P with #PitchIn4Parks. With a strong, unified voice we can ensure better parks for NYC! See sample tweets and learn more about how you can participate.  

May 3, 2016
"This job is just like meditation. There's always something to be done; the work never ends. But you get lost in it. Every day when I leave my mind feels a little bit clearer than it did when I got here." This month we interview Haywood Liege, a gardener who has been working for the Parks Department for 28 years. He told us about why he loves his job, his park, and his communityRead more about Mr. Liege
April 19, 2016
NY4P's Daffodil Project has planted millions of daffodil bulbs in public spaces across NYC, beautifying the city every spring. Dedicate a Daffodil to your loved one and they'll receive a customized Daffodil Certificate commemorating your support of communities across the city in their honor

April 14, 2016
Every year the NY4P Daffodil Breakfast honors individuals and organizations from across all five boroughs that make the Daffodil Project a success. This past fall NYC planted its millionth tree through the MillionTreesNYC  initiative, and to help celebrate this milestone this year we are recognizing New Yorkers who use the Daffodil Project as a resource for maintaining their street trees and tree pits. Read more to learn about the 2016 honorees. 

Recent Reports

2015 City Council District Profiles
City Council District Profiles provide comprehensive information about open space resources, including a district map of all public open spaces and other quality of life measures, such as health and socioeconomic statistics. Each Profile provides rankings for the number of residents per acre of park/playground, access to a park entrance, and capital spending on park in each district. The Profiles are a proven tool for communities advocating for better conditions and funding for their parks and open spaces. Find your Council District's Profile.

The 2015 Report Card on Beaches 
New York City's eight swimming beaches have made steady overall progress since New Yorkers for Parks began tracking them in 2007, despite the interruption of Hurricane Sandy. There is more work to do, though, to make these beaches consistently great. Read the report card.

A Survey of Capital Projects Management Among New York City Government Agencies (2014)
The NYC Parks Department, which is responsible for carrying out capital improvements in parks, has been criticized by many for running behind schedule and over-budget on these projects. Working with Public Works Partners, NY4P has explored how the Department can improve its capital process through interviews with several City agencies that conduct capital projects, along with the City's offices of Management and Budget and Contract Services. This report offers a number of straightforward steps to ensure a timelier, more cost-effective, and transparent capital process. Read the full report
The South Bronx’s Mott Haven neighborhood failed 11 of 15 benchmarks in this comprehensive assessment of both traditional Parks Department properties and New York City Housing Authority open spaces. The report calls for capital investment in parks and playgrounds, more welcoming and accessible Housing Authority spaces, and better access to the waterfront and Randall’s Island Park, among other improvements. Mott Haven is located within the poorest community board district in the city and poorest congressional district in the country. Read the full report

Understanding Playground Utilization (2013)

In this study, NY4P partnered with New York University to demonstrate how a model for tracking visitor patterns across the park system could work – specifically, in ten playgrounds across the city, across the four seasons. The report includes a discussion of how such a tracking method could help the city assess not only Parks Department resource allocation, but also initiatives such as the Department of Transportation’s Public Plazas Program. The study also details specific observations reported by users of the ten playgrounds and provides detailed briefs on each property. Read the full report

New York City Council Districts 4 and 5 fall far short of nearly every one of the 15 New York City-specific benchmarks that comprise NY4P’s Open Space Index (OSI) – even when Central Park and Privately Owned Public Spaces are taken into account. In addition to the findings, our fourth OSI survey offers preliminary recommendations for East Side open-space improvements, including reimagining underutilized public spaces, pairing new development with open space improvements, and realizing the full potential of the East River waterfront. Read the full report


Our History

For more than 100 years, NY4P has promoted and protected parks and open spaces in New York City.  Since our founding in 1908, our mission has been to ensure that all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods have access to quality parks and open spaces.

That mission has inspired us to wage – and win – battles with Robert Moses over parkland alienation, advocate for landmark playground and waterfront parks projects, engage low-income teenagers in community beautification and environmental initiatives, and conduct and publish award-winning open space research.

Throughout our history, we have seen parks foster healthy lifestyles, social interaction, community stability and civic pride.  More than just working on behalf of New Yorkers for better parks and open spaces, we’re working for New Yorkers on behalf of a better New York.

Read more about our past accomplishments here.