Parks Budget


NY4P annually provides the most comprehensive independent analysis of New York City Department of Parks & Recreation’s budget and advocates for more robust and targeted capital and expense funding for parks and open space. 


A front-page story page in the October 5, 1945 New York Times announced the Park Association of New York City’s request of each Mayoral candidate, through a five-point pledge, to improve the parks system through more adequate funding. 

Today, our name is different, but NY4P continues to lobby for a better-funded parks system. Our current work includes analyzing the City’s budget and public-private partnerships to ensure adequate, equitable and transparent funding of the entire parks system. Additionally, building upon our 2010 survey of alternative revenue strategies, we are exploring funding mechanisms being employed for the creation and maintenance of parks in New York and elsewhere to inform recommendations for maximizing the financial viability of the city’s 5,000 parks properties while preserving their character.

Recent NY4P positions on the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation budget 

Fiscal Year 2015 Executive Budget: Testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Finance
June 6, 2014

Park Equity Begins with a Better Public Budget: Opinion piece in Gotham Gazette
April 17, 2014


Fiscal Year 2015 Preliminary Budget: Testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Parks & Recreation
March 27, 2014

Oversight Hearing on Parks Capital Projects: Testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Parks & Recreation
November 19, 2013

Fiscal Year 2013 Final Adopted Budget: Press Release Commending City Council, Mayor for Increases to the Parks Department Budget
July 6, 2012

Fiscal Year 2013 Executive Budget: Testimony to the New York City Council Finance Committee
June 6, 2012

Fiscal Year 2013 Executive Budget: Press Release Announcing Budget Rally on City Hall Steps
July 4, 2012

Fiscal Year 2013 Executive Budget: Appearance by NY4P Executive Director Holly Leicht on “Inside City Hall”
June 1, 2012

Fiscal Year 2013 Executive Budget: Letter to the editor by NY4P Executive Director Holly Leicht in The New York Times
June 1, 2012

Fiscal Year 2013 Executive Budget: Guest column by NY4P Chair Emeritus Lynden Miller, Chair Edward Wallace and Executive Director Holly Leicht in the New York Daily News
April 9, 2012

Fiscal Year 2013 Preliminary Budget: Testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Parks & Recreation
March 22, 2012

Fiscal Year 2012 Preliminary Budget: Testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Parks & Recreation
March 31, 2011