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Because of COVID-19, City Parks Foundation is taking precautionary measures in all of our programs.

After suspending It’s My Park due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to begin accepting applications for projects in September 2020. We have developed new protocols to help you volunteer safely. Visit our It’s My Park page to learn how to get involved. 

Partnerships Academy workshops are being held online.

For more information, please email partnershipsforparks@parks.nyc.gov.   

 

About Partnerships for Parks

Public parks are the settings for our shared experiences. They improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers by providing spaces for social and civic engagement. By developing occasional volunteers into community leaders, we build long-term investment in public space and strengthen the social fabric of our neighborhoods.

Partnerships for Parks is a unique public-private partnership between City Parks Foundation and NYC Parks that supports and champions neighborhood volunteers by giving them the tools they need to advocate and care for their neighborhood parks and green spaces.  We equip people, organizations and government with the skills and tools they need to transform these spaces into dynamic community assets.

Why We Do It

There are currently over 2,000 parks in New York City. These places are our backyards, where we connect, play, and celebrate life’s moments. When people come together to care for these spaces, they thrive. And when parks thrive, neighborhoods thrive. Parks are spaces where community members and decision makers can work together to create their city.

Get Involved

Trainings

Attend! Our innovative free workshops and trainings are a great way to meet, network, and learn the skills needed to build and sustain your park group.

Grants

Apply! Our small grants program offers funding for park projects including events, tools, websites, and marketing materials.

Beautification

Dig in! We offer year-round volunteer opportunities: from painting benches and planting bulbs, to weeding and cleaning, and much more.

Staff Support

Connect! Our on-the-ground Outreach team helps connect volunteers to resources that help them grow into sustainable park groups.

25th Anniversary

Join us! Celebrate our 25th anniversary and help envision the future at one of our upcoming events.

 

Want to learn more? Contact us here.

In partnership with

Generous private support is provided by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Altman Foundation, Con Edison, the Greenacre Foundation, TD Bank, the MJS Foundation and the American Express Foundation. Public support is provided by the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson through the Parks Equity Initiative.

Upcoming Events

HONOR NEW YORKERS AFFECTED BY COVID-19

Partnerships for Parks relies on our corporate volunteer partners to help care for our green spaces. This fall, we are excited to offer an opportunity to plant crocuses that will bloom in March 2021—brightening city parks and green spaces with their purple blossoms and helping bring hope as we memorialize New Yorkers who’ve been impacted by COVID-19. Please consider making a contribution. Your support both provides volunteer opportunities for your employees and ensures that tens of thousands of crocus bulbs are planted across the city to honor those affected by the pandemic.

GIVE

HONOR NEW YORKERS AFFECTED BY COVID-19

Partnerships for Parks relies on our corporate volunteer partners to help care for our green spaces. This fall, we are excited to offer an opportunity to plant crocuses that will bloom in March 2021—brightening city parks and green spaces with their purple blossoms and helping bring hope as we memorialize New Yorkers who’ve been impacted by COVID-19. Please consider making a contribution. Your support both provides volunteer opportunities for your employees and ensures that tens of thousands of crocus bulbs are planted across the city to honor those affected by the pandemic.

GIVE