Community Visioning Cohort Application



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The Community Visioning Cohort is a group of park stewards selected annually by Partnerships for Parks (PfP) to participate in a training series. Our series of five trainings will prepare neighborhood groups to lead participatory activities and develop priorities for their local parks. 

Accepted participants will learn how to gather public input that informs park design and programming, or drive advocacy for funding capital projects. 

Through the community visioning cohort, participants will:

  • Develop a community visioning strategy
  • Design and lead participatory activities and surveys
  • Gather useful input from a diverse cross section of their community


Before starting the application, please review cohort guidelines and eligibility requirements on our website. You will be able to save and resume your application, and review before submitting. 

For any questions regarding the Community Visioning Cohort please contact: or 212-602-5345. 

All submissions must be received by February 17, 2019. 

Step 1: about your group

200 words or less.
Step 2: about group members
Please include contact information for yourself and at least 1 other group member below. 
Note: At least two group members are required to participate in the five trainings between March and May 2019. 
Your Contact Information:

Contact #2:

Additional Contact:

Step 3: about community visioning

Community visioning is a public input process led by community members that gathers ideas, desires, and concerns from a broad and diverse audience to affect changes in their neighborhood park.

There are many ways to advocate for improvements in your park: meeting with NYC Parks staff or your borough commissioner, writing a letter to your council member, circulating a petition, presenting your ideas to your Community Board or Parks Committee, etc

The Community Visioning Cohort provides training around two visioning focus types: 
  • Physical improvement: Gathering community input to support advocacy for improvements in the park, including capital funding for projects over $35K.
  • Programming: Gathering community input to inform activities and events in the park.

Please be aware that pursuing a capital improvement (over $35K) may require internal coordination and approval with NYC Parks.

No problem! Having a vision for your park is not required to participate. 
Please take a look at the following two questions and fill in as much as you can.   

Step 4: about your community


Through community visioning you can involve partners in many ways during your visioning process including, but not limited to: 
  • invite them to participate
  • ask them to help you promote your event
  • plan a larger event together that attracts more people to your survey, or
  • lead the whole process together

No problem, we can look into that together.     
Step 5: the trainings 

The series of 5 trainings will take place every other week from 6:00-8:00 PM at 100 Gold Street New York, NY 10038 on Mondays or Wednesdays on the following weeks:
  • Training 1: Week of March 18
  • Training 2: Week of April 1
  • Training 3: Week of April 15
  • Training 4: Week of April 29
  • Training 5: Week of May 13