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
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.
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.