At City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs — located in more than 300 parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City — reach over 275,000 people each year.
Our ethos is simple: thriving parks mean thriving communities.
In 1989, Kramer vs. Kramer author Avery Corman was concerned about the state of the park near where he had grown up in the Bronx, so he began looking for ways to improve it. Thanks to Avery, and many other dedicated New Yorkers who took action at a critical time in our city’s history, City Parks Foundation now reaches 310,000 New Yorkers every year, offering programming to encourage residents to use and care for their local parks and green spaces.
Over the years, we have grown to meet community needs, adding such notable programs as CityParks tennis — now the largest municipal tennis instruction program for kids in the country — and SummerStage — our city’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival. But we have not forgotten our roots, because we know that our city’s parks are always improved when New Yorkers get involved.
Our city’s parks are the most fundamentally democratic of public spaces, available for anyone and everyone to use for recreation, for enjoyment, for relaxation, for community gathering, for environmental benefits, and for so much more. We are honored to partner with and serve New Yorkers of all ages — attending concerts together, learning yoga in our seniors fitness program, getting out on a rowboat with classmates to learn about our waterways, or volunteering to beautify a local playground — who are all focused on a singular goal: to bring these public spaces to life.
CityParks Shows brings hundreds of live music, dance and theater performances to communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs with Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, and the traveling PuppetMobile.
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.
Looking for volunteer opportunities? Check out our volunteer opportunities page.
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