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

November 30, 2016
We are very excited to announce the release of our 2016 Report Card on Parks: Spotlight on the Community Parks Initiative. The new Report Card provides community groups, park users and other stakeholders with with an independent, comparative assessment of how neighborhood parks located within the CPI zone are performing. These parks strengthen a community, yet many are also in need of real renewal and reconstruction. Learn more and read the report. 

November 22, 2016
New Yorkers for Parks congratulates Mayor de Blasio, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, Open Space Alliance of North Brooklyn and others on the city's purchase of the last parcel of land needed to complete Bushwick Inlet Park. This is a huge victory for these advocates who have worked tirelessly to make it happen, and for the surrounding communities. Read the full statement. 

November 15, 2016
Parks groups across the city depend on the support they receive from Partnerships for Parks. But Partnerships staff are often spread too thin, which is why we're asking City Hall to add enough staff to cover all of our parks and communities. Add your name to our testimony to the city council, and show how much you value Partnerships. Learn more and add your name. 

November 14, 2016
Giving testimony at a City Council hearing is a great way to make your voice heard to city government. Although the process may seem difficult at first, once you know the basic rules and procedures it's actually a simple and effective way to help influence local policy. In this free webinar we teach you everything you need to know to get started. Watch the webinar. 

October 18, 2016
As the Project Manager for the Green Light District, a ten year initiative to sustain, grow and green Williamsburg's south side, Ana Traverso-Krejcarek spends a lot of time in the few parks that serve the community, and knows how desperately the area needs more quality open space. She's working with NY4P to train young people to collect data on parks and advocating for BQ Green, an ambitious and exciting proposal to create new open space by covering a portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway with parkland. Learn more about Ana. 

September 27, 2016
On Friday, October 14th, NY4P and the National Park Service will honor the victims of 9/11 by planting 3,000 daffodil bulbs on Ellis Island as part of NY4P's Daffodil Project. The planting will be a testament to the perseverance and resilience of New Yorkers, and the hope and opportunity that Ellis Island represents. Learn more. 

September 20, 2016
NY4P today announced that its Board of Directors has named Lynn B. Kelly as the new Executive Director. Kelly is currently the CEO and President of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Staten Island, a role which she has held since 2010. She officially starts on December 1 and will succeed outgoing Executive Director Tupper Thomas. Learn more. 

August 15, 2016
Eileen Remor has had a hand in shaping the Daffodil Project from the very beginning. At Partnerships for Parks she helped coordinate their efforts with NY4P and was instrumental in the Project's resounding success. This was in large part due to her experience working directly with New York open space users and advocates, and her deep understanding of the powerful role parks can play in healing communitiesLearn more about Eileen.  

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


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2016 Party 4 Parks

This fall, NY4P held another successful annual Party 4 Parks Gala to celebrate the City’s parks and open spaces and the people who have helped these vital spaces to thrive.  

Click here to contribute to the effort and join the growing list of New Yorkers who protect and promote parks all across NYC.

Click here to see more photos, passcode: Party4Parks