Partnerships for Parks is a unique public-private partnership between City Parks Foundation and NYC Parks that supports and champions neighborhood volunteers by providing the tools needed to advocate and care for neighborhood parks and green spaces. We equip people, organizations, and government with the necessary skills and resources to transform these spaces into dynamic community assets.
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.
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.
Help care for parks across the city by lending a hand to beautify a neighborhood green space. Our signature volunteer program, It’s My Park, offers opportunities to give back by cleaning, painting, weeding, planting, and more. We connect you to a network of volunteers who are sustaining local parks and communities and provide the resources to make a tangible, lasting difference. Whether you’re looking to help out in your neighborhood park, volunteer as a group, or lead your own It’s My Park project, take the next step and make an IMP-act!
We offer a wide range of learning and networking opportunities for people interested in caring for local parks and green spaces across the city including workshops, info sessions, trainings, coaching, and peer learning opportunities
Want to start caring for a neighborhood park? Join the efforts of a local community group or create one of your own! We are here to help you get started on your idea, project, or vision by connecting you with the appropriate people and resources in your area. We work with hundreds of community groups who are actively engaged and invested in the care of neighborhood parks through beautification projects, community events, and advocating for the changes they want to see.
We offer grants, fiscal sponsorship, and design support for people who care for local parks and green spaces across the city. Looking for seed funding or other forms of financial support? Interested in receiving help designing a publication or website for your community group? Learn about the various grants we offer as well as our fiscal sponsorship and design support resources.
Generous private support for Partnerships for Parks is provided by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, TD Bank, Altman Foundation, the Greenacre Foundation, the Tiger Baron Foundation, and the MJS Foundation. Public support is provided by the NYC Council through the Parks Equity Initiative under the leadership of Speaker Adrienne Adams.
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At City Parks Foundation, our mission is to encourage New Yorkers to use their neighborhood parks by offering free environmental education, arts, sports, and community-building programs that bring people into their local green spaces. Please give now if you can—we know that city parks will continue to thrive when all New Yorkers get involved.