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Where would New York City be without its green spaces, its playgrounds, its pools and its beaches? Great parks create vibrant, welcoming neighborhoods. They create a sense of community, stability and civic pride in a dense, rapidly shifting city.

New Yorkers for Parks is the independent research-based advocacy organization dedicated to preserving and improving these spaces, to ensuring that resources for these spaces are equitably distributed, and that they’re well-maintained – not just right after they’re built, but for generations to come. 

We’ve been doing this work since 1908, and you can become part of this venerable legacy with even the smallest donation. After all, it’s the generosity of our donors that allows us to continue our critical work at a time of great strain on the City’s parks budget.

Your gift goes toward improving the parks, neighborhoods, and health of our city.

Recent examples of how NY4P is improving New York City's parks and open spaces:

  • NY4P worked with Council Member Julissa Ferreras for four years on the creation of the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Alliance.
  • NY4P successfully rallied New Yorkers to advocate for the creation of new legislation requiring greater transparency in how Parks Department funds are spent to improve equity and maintenance in parks. 
  • According to public officials, NY4P can claim a big share of the credit for the $38 million increase to the Parks Department’s budget for Fiscal Year 2013, thanks to advocacy efforts that included a rally with Council Members and citywide park advocates on the steps of City Hall. We also helped bring the potential dangers of insufficient tree care to light, resulting in the first increase in funding for tree pruning since 2008.

  • NY4P convinced New York University to revise its 2031 expansion plan to maintain a Greenwich Village playground as public open space and map it as parkland, though it was originally slated for privatization and development; enter a stringent maintenance and operations agreement for the open spaces; create a maintenance fund for their long-term upkeep; and commit to protecting LaGuardia Community Garden during construction.

  • The Parks Department integrated our 15 Open Space Index benchmarks into its neighborhood-level planning process to help improve New Yorkers' health
  • Based on our 2010 report, Parks for All New Yorkers, the Parks Department implemented recommendations for better connecting new immigrants to local parks.

  • In 2010, we helped pass legislation mandating additional safety measures for playgrounds.

  • Our 2011 advocacy at City Hall led to a $15 million allocation for the construction of two parks in the Spring Creek Urban Renewal Area in East New York, Brooklyn, where hundreds of low-income homes are being built.

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