Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


 

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


 

Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


Championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.


What's New

July 19, 2016
Being in a room with the staff at the District 4 office in Mill Pond Park in the Bronx, one can't help but smile. Their energy and optimism is infectious. Ask them about their job and they'll instantly tell you why they love their work, why it's so important to the community, and how their mutual respect for each other keeps them coming back year after yearGet to know Clinton, Kendra, and John.  

July 19, 2016
Every year the NYC Parks Department brings on hundreds of seasonal staff members to keep up with the huge increase in usage during the busy summer months. This year Mayor de Blasio added three times as much funding for seasonal staff as in years past, which is great news for our open spaces. But why do parks need seasonal employees, and how does it all work? Read on for an overview of what goes on in NYC parks this time of year, and how the Parks Department operates to keep it all goingLearn more about summer in NYC parks.  

July 18, 2016
Every report NY4P produces requires hundreds of hours of surveying, research, and data analysis. This is only possible with the contribution of the great interns we are lucky to work with every year. This year's team is working with an exciting new method of understand parks usage that has never before been used with a focus on NYC. The data they gather will ultimately enable us to advocate even more effectively for parksLearn more about our interns and our summer research.  

July 6, 2016
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Roscoe Brown, Jr., who served on the board of New Yorkers for Parks for many years. A tireless advocate for social justice, he was deeply committed to improving and protecting parks and open space in New York City. Dr. Brown's work for racial equality most notably began with his time in the Tuskegee Airmen, where he flew 68 combat missions. He and the other Tuskegee Airmen were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. He went on to direct the Institute of Afro-American Affairs at New York University, was the president of Bronx Community College from 1977 to 1993, and then directed the Center for Education Policy at CUNYLearn more about Dr. Roscoe Brown, Jr.'s life and work.  

June 21, 2016
Overall, this is shaping up to be a good year for our city parks. Advocates from across the city signed NY4P’s letter to the mayor and the city council, came to the Rally 4 Parks, contacted their elected officials, and supported our work. Together we let City Hall know how important open space is to New York communities, and we have city a budget that reflects that. Mayor de Blasio dramatically increased the seasonal budget to deal with the enormous increase in park and playground use. The City Council also made some significant increases to the Parks Department budget. We can now look forward to better park maintenance during the summer months, a longer beach season, the preservation of essential staff positions, much-needed funding for tree stump removal, and increased access and improvements to parks and playgrounds across the city. See a  more detailed breakdown of the city budget.  

June 21, 2016
In just a little over two years Audrey Williams has gone from having a temporary position in the Parks Department to becoming a full-time, permanent member of the Brooklyn Borough crew, with another promotion in the works. A native of Brownsville, Audrey has gotten to know Brooklyn better than ever, and sees how much potential there is to improve open space in the city. "For us it’s a job, but it’s also important to the health of the city. Look at the trees and flowers. Somebody’s doing all of this work. I know Brownsville looks nicer. And you want to see green, you want to see flowers." Read more about Ms. Williams.  

May 6, 2016
Join NY4P and parks users, gardeners, and advocates from across the city to make sure that the Mayor and City Council know that we need quality parks and open space. We'll gather on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday, May 25 from 10 - 11 am. Every city council member will be at city hall, and with a strong showing we can make sure they hear usRSVP for the Rally 4 Parks today! 

May 6, 2016
Mayor de Blasio and the City Council are just weeks away from finalizing the city budget, and they still haven't included the funding New York City needs to make all of our parks great. We're calling on City Hall to ensure that our parks are well-maintained through the creation of permanent, full-time green jobs - a win-win for all New Yorkers. We're also asking for the creation of new parkland in growing neighborhoods that already lack adequate open space, and increased funding for community gardens across the city. 

Recent Reports

2015 City Council District Profiles
City Council District Profiles provide comprehensive information about open space resources, including a district map of all public open spaces and other quality of life measures, such as health and socioeconomic statistics. Each Profile provides rankings for the number of residents per acre of park/playground, access to a park entrance, and capital spending on park in each district. The Profiles are a proven tool for communities advocating for better conditions and funding for their parks and open spaces. Find your Council District's Profile.

The 2015 Report Card on Beaches 
New York City's eight swimming beaches have made steady overall progress since New Yorkers for Parks began tracking them in 2007, despite the interruption of Hurricane Sandy. There is more work to do, though, to make these beaches consistently great. Read the report card.

A Survey of Capital Projects Management Among New York City Government Agencies (2014)
The NYC Parks Department, which is responsible for carrying out capital improvements in parks, has been criticized by many for running behind schedule and over-budget on these projects. Working with Public Works Partners, NY4P has explored how the Department can improve its capital process through interviews with several City agencies that conduct capital projects, along with the City's offices of Management and Budget and Contract Services. This report offers a number of straightforward steps to ensure a timelier, more cost-effective, and transparent capital process. Read the full report
The South Bronx’s Mott Haven neighborhood failed 11 of 15 benchmarks in this comprehensive assessment of both traditional Parks Department properties and New York City Housing Authority open spaces. The report calls for capital investment in parks and playgrounds, more welcoming and accessible Housing Authority spaces, and better access to the waterfront and Randall’s Island Park, among other improvements. Mott Haven is located within the poorest community board district in the city and poorest congressional district in the country. Read the full report

Understanding Playground Utilization (2013)

In this study, NY4P partnered with New York University to demonstrate how a model for tracking visitor patterns across the park system could work – specifically, in ten playgrounds across the city, across the four seasons. The report includes a discussion of how such a tracking method could help the city assess not only Parks Department resource allocation, but also initiatives such as the Department of Transportation’s Public Plazas Program. The study also details specific observations reported by users of the ten playgrounds and provides detailed briefs on each property. Read the full report

New York City Council Districts 4 and 5 fall far short of nearly every one of the 15 New York City-specific benchmarks that comprise NY4P’s Open Space Index (OSI) – even when Central Park and Privately Owned Public Spaces are taken into account. In addition to the findings, our fourth OSI survey offers preliminary recommendations for East Side open-space improvements, including reimagining underutilized public spaces, pairing new development with open space improvements, and realizing the full potential of the East River waterfront. Read the full report


2016 Party 4 Parks

Each fall, the New Yorkers for Parks community gathers at our annual Party 4 Parks Gala to celebrate the City’s parks and open spaces and the people who have helped these vital spaces to thrive.  

For our health, our city, our home—we hope you’ll join the growing list of New Yorkers who protect and promote parks all across NYC by joining us to celebrate on October 24. 

Click here for tickets and sponsorship.