Advocacy is at the heart of all major improvements in NYC. 

We invite park and open space advocates to use our resources and toolkits to improve and enhance your local spaces.

 

Join Our Citywide Advocacy

We organize citywide campaigns every year to advocate for our city's parks and open spaces.

Plug into the Play Fair campaign

Part of an organization or group? Join the Play Fair Coalition

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Resources for Local Advocacy

Get started with the Improve Your Park quick guide 
An overview of NY4P resources, actions to take throughout the year, and contacts to make in NYC government.

Find your path forward with the How Can I Improve My Park? guide
Available in English or Spanish
This guide was created by NY4P, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, and Partnerships for Parks. It lays out everything you need to know from what type of funding you'll need, to how to build a coalition, to how to reach elected officials.

Learn more about who does what in NYC Parks

Check out our resources in Spanish

 

Testifying

Testify to the City Council and Mayor
Make your voice heard to local government. We've created webinars below about how to testify at NYC's City Hall but in the new digital age brought on by COVID-19, it's become even easier to make your voice heard from your home.

Testifying Virtually on Zoom
You must register at council.nyc.gov/testify at least 24 hours in advance if you'd like to state your testimony during the live virtual hearing. Most testimony is still limited to two or three minutes so keep that in mind. If you would like to submit testimony but not state it live, you have up until 72 hours after the close of a hearing to do so at the same link.

  

Featured Data and Research
Improve Your Park Quick Guide
Improve Your Park Quick Guide
A quick guide to NY4P and other citywide resources to kick off your advocacy.
How Can I Improve My Park?
How Can I Improve My Park?
How to get funding for local park improvements.
Webinar - How Can I Improve My Park?
Webinar - How Can I Improve My Park?
In this webinar we walk you through the steps outlined in our How Can I Improve My Park? guide.
¿Cómo Puedo Mejorar Mi Parque?
¿Cómo Puedo Mejorar Mi Parque?
Esta reporte está diseñado para ayudar a los defensores del parque navegar el proceso complicado para lograr fondos para mejoras de parques locales.
Seminario Web - ¿Cómo Puedo Mejorar Mi Parque?
Seminario Web - ¿Cómo Puedo Mejorar Mi Parque?
En este seminario web sobre nuestro guía ¿Cómo Puedo Mejorar Mi Parque?, explicamos proyectos posibles de mejoras para parques y jardines y cómo navegar el proceso para obtenerlos
Clean & Green
Clean & Green
This easy-to-understand guide answers the question, Who takes care of our parks?
Limpio y Verde
Limpio y Verde
¿Quién cuida de nuestros parques?
Webinar - Going On the Record: Making Your Voice Heard to City Government
Webinar - Going On the Record: Making Your Voice Heard to City Government
How to present testimony at a City Council hearing
Seminario Web - Testificando Oficialmente: Haz Escuchar Su Voz a los Gobernantes de Nueva York
Seminario Web - Testificando Oficialmente: Haz Escuchar Su Voz a los Gobernantes de Nueva York
En este seminario web, explicamos cómo uno puede testificar ante el Consejo Municipal de la Ciudad de Nueva York
Webinar - Public Realm Bill of Rights for NYC
Webinar - Public Realm Bill of Rights for NYC
Everything you need to know about the Bill of Rights, which lays out principles the city should follow in creating and maintaining quality open space for all.
Webinar - Introduction to Participatory Budgeting
Webinar - Introduction to Participatory Budgeting
Everything you need to know about Participatory Budgeting, including what projects you can see funded, what it means for New York City, and how you can get involved
Webinar - Who Represents Me? Demystifying the City Council
Webinar - Who Represents Me? Demystifying the City Council
Find out what City Council district you live in, who your council member is, and how you can work with them to improve your local open spaces.
Webinar - Introduction to Community Boards for Park Advocates
Webinar - Introduction to Community Boards for Park Advocates
Introduction to Community Boards for Park Advocates