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

February 3, 2016
Tupper Thomas has announced her intention to retire as Executive Director of NY4P in the coming months. She believes finding the perfect Executive Director is her last key priority, and will not leave until she and the board have found the best person for the job. In a letter to friends of the organization Tupper reflected on her experience with NY4P, and what she sees and the biggest challenges and opportunities facing New York City. Read Tupper's letter.

January 21, 2016
Today the Daily News published an op-ed by Tupper Thomas outlining the reasons why the mayor and the City Council's proposal to move carriage horses into Central Park needs a more careful review. New Yorkers need to be given the opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns about how this will affect New York City's most important open space. Read our op-ed in the Daily News.

January 13, 2016
Michael Marino went from concerned park user to the founder of Friends of Corlears Hook Park in just one month. Now he has engaged over 100 local community members, received over $6,000 in grants, over $2,000 through online fundraising, and is creating a more formalized leadership for FoCHP. Read Michael's tips on how to start a successful friends-of group.

January 7, 2016
On January 6, 2016, the New York City Planning Commission held a hearing on the East New York Community Plan. We evaluated the plan with an eye on how well parks are planned and provided for. The City's analysis showed that the Plan would have adverse affects on parks and open space in East New York. In our testimony to the Commission we asked for increased parks and open space for East New York. Read our testimony.

December 10, 2015
2015 was a very successful year for NY4P. We released our latest District Profiles and Report Card on Beaches; we worked on the creation of the new Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Alliance; and we successfully advocated for the creation of new legislation requiring greater transparency in parks funding, just to name a few. Read about our plans for 2016.

December 10, 2015
Gordon Davis has a long history with New York City parks, having served as Commissioner for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation from 1978 to 1982. We interviewed Mr. Davis and he shared his insight into why parks are essential, how we can make them better, and why he supports the work of New Yorkers for Parks.  Read the interview.

December 9, 2015
New NYC legislation will provide greater transparency in parks funding by requiring The Department of Parks and Recreation to submit an annual report detailing work performed at each property. Read more to find out why this is great for parks, and how NY4P advocacy helped make it happen.  Read our testimony.

December 3, 2015
On Wednesday, December 3, Tupper Thomas testified at the New York City Council Parks Committee hearing on An Examination of the Parks Without Borders Initiative. Read our testimony.

November 17, 2015
On Monday, November 16, Mayor de Blasio and Council Member Ferreras announced the creation of the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Alliance.Read New Yorkers for Parks' statement.

November 12, 2015
On November 12, 2015 the New York City Council Parks and Recreation Committee held a hearing on Int. 737, a bill that would require an inter-agency task force to study the effect of shadows cast by tall buildings over City parkland. Read New Yorkers for Parks' testimony.

November 12, 2015
An essential resource used by Friends of the East River Esplanade in their advocacy work is NY4P’s Manhattan’s East Side Open Space Index. “Having the New Yorkers for Parks name on the research we use lends credibility to our advocacy. Because we’ve come to the same conclusions about the need for open space in our community, it has a big impact.” Read More.

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.