2018 was another year for NY4P’s record books! From the release of two new reports, kicking off a new partnership with New York Law School on our Open Space Dialogues series, to our biggest Daffodil Project season ever, we stood up for open space across the city and made sure that the voices of park advocates are included in important conversations and decisions about the future of New York City. In 2018 we:
- Released two new Open Space Indices covering the neighborhoods of Brownsville, Brooklyn and the Southern Boulevard area in the Bronx.
- We launched a new partnership with New York Law School to produce our second Open Space Dialogues series.
- More people signed up for free daffodil bulbs through The Daffodil Project than ever before.
- Released “Why New Yorkers for Parks?”, a video featuring open space leaders from across the city explaining why the work of NY4P is essential.
- Presented 10 pieces of testimony to the city and state, standing up for city playgrounds under threat from development, urging the state to respect the needs of communities in the South Bronx, and many others.
- Held our third round of Boro X Boro meetings, convening park advocates in each borough and capping it off with a citywide meeting. The key takeaways from the meetings were compiled in our Boro X Boro At-A-Glance one-page report.
- Released our “Improve Your Park” one-page quick guide, an easy to follow overview of NY4P and other citywide resources.
- Conducted comprehensive data collection on open space in three neighborhoods slated for rezoning: Long Island City, Bushwick, and the Bay Street corridor in Staten Island. The data will be compiled into three reports to be released in 2019.
- Welcomed six new board members, passionate parkies bringing expertise in both technical practice and implementation.
And believe it or not, this isn’t even everything we did last year!
Most importantly, we couldn’t have done this without YOU! Thank you to all the advocates and park lovers and community gardeners who came to our events, stood side-by-side with us at rallies, and stood up for the City’s open spaces.