The injustices that have transpired against black Americans in public spaces across the country in recent weeks are devastating and sadly all too familiar. This time they come against a backdrop of a deadly pandemic that has already been disproportionately affecting people of color.
New Yorkers for Parks mourns the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and so many others, and we condemn the threats against Christian Cooper in a public park here in New York City.
As an organization, NY4P fights to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to quality public parks and open spaces. But these latest manifestations of the daily violence experienced by black people shine a harsh spotlight on the reality that access alone does not ensure that people of color can safely enjoy New York City’s open spaces. This is not acceptable and has to change.
We stand with parks stewards and advocates, our staff, our communities, and our elected officials against racism and vow to work harder for a just and safe city where everyone can enjoy public spaces freely and with dignity.