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

At this time we have made the decision to cancel, postpone, or move to webinar all Partnerships for Parks programming. We will continue to assess the situation and provide further program updates as they become available. 

Please see below for program specific information or visit the program’s site:

The It’s My Park Project Leader Application and the Group Request Form continue to be suspended while we gradually implement plans to restart our volunteer program. 

We appreciate your patience and realize that many of you are ready to volunteer in your parks again.  We are developing new protocols to help you do that safely by ensuring certain measures are taken, tools are available, and staff have the capacity. 

Connect with your outreach coordinator or Catalyst organizer, or email, to learn what other opportunities are available at this time.

Partnerships Academy workshops are being held online.

For more information, please email   


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


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.


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


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


We bring New Yorkers together in their parks by offering free programs. Although our programming is temporarily suspended, parks remain open to find solace, to exercise, and to remain healthy. Please give now if you can so that we can be back in parks soon.