Statement on Racism from the Parks and Open Space Partners - NYC

This statement was created by the group “Parks & Open Space Partners – NYC,” which is a group of over 20 NYC nonprofits that manage or advocate for parks. Any NYC-based parks or open space organization can sign onto the statement. The list of signees will be updated periodically. Sign on here.

Statement on Racism from the Parks and Open Space Partners - NYC

As former President Barack Obama put it: "It’s natural to wish for life ‘to just get back to normal’ as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us. But we have to remember that for millions of Americans being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly ‘normal’ — whether it’s while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in a park.” 

As stewards of New York City’s public spaces, we will speak out and fight back against hatred and bigotry in all of its forms, because Black Lives Matter.  


New Yorkers For Parks

The Trust For Public Land

Natural Areas Conservancy

New York Restoration Project

Prospect Park Alliance

Hunters Point Parks Conservancy

City Parks Foundation

Friends of Governors Island

Hudson River Park Friends 

Riverside Park Conservancy

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative

The Central Park Conservancy

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

Broadway Mall Association

Madison Square Park Conservancy

Friends of Morningside Park

Lewis Latimer House Museum

Safe Zone Cross Culture Youth Group

A. Philip Randolph Square Neighborhood Alliance 

Coastal Preservation Network 

Elmhurst Supporters of Parks

Historic House Trust of New York City

Friends of Corlears Hook Park

Friends of St. Andrew's Playground

Brookfield Civic Association

Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy

Red Hook Conservancy

Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity (RISE)