2020 was marked by many challenges, but even as New Yorkers navigated a pandemic, recession, and national racial reckoning, we came together in historic numbers and found refuge in our parks and open spaces.
When the Parks Department budget faced historic cuts and suffered from decreased maintenance, when access was limited to smaller parks and playgrounds, and when those most affected were the communities that have long been the most excluded from public resources, NY4P was here every step of the way: speaking out, rallying communities, and ensuring that parks are part of the citywide recovery and conversation. And we saw results.
Challenges remain, but with an invigorated movement to protect parks and with your support, we will be there to tackle them. Please consider joining us by making a gift to us before December 31st.
Parks Equity and COVID-19
Long before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we knew that an equitable parks system was vital to the health and well-being of all New Yorkers, but this past year emphasized just how indispensable access to quality open space is for public mental, physical, and social health. This fact was the cornerstone of our work in 2020.
Recovery and Open Spaces
We began to plan for New York’s recovery and how the Power of Parks can play a role in a better future for our city post-pandemic.
Looking ahead to 2021
As we plan for the year ahead, we look forward to building our research, advocacy, and partnerships as we champion quality open space for all New Yorkers. Make sure to follow NY4P on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more updates.
Your support will help us bring attention and change to park inequities in New York City as we enter the new year. Please consider joining us in our efforts by making a gift today. Thank you for your consideration.
We wish you happy holidays – may this New Year bring better moments for us all to share!