Community Visioning Cohort Application


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The Community Visioning Cohort is a learning community for park groups selected to participate in a five-part training series that prepares them to lead participatory activities and surveys within their community to uncover priorities for their local parks and advocate for those priorities. 

Participants will develop a strategy to gather public input around one of two key areas: physical improvements to park structure and design, or park programming and events. The resulting data will be used to advocate for additional resources and investments in these parks.

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. 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 January 10, 2020. 

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 February and April 2020. 
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: 
  • Programming: Gathering community input to inform activities and events in the park.
  • Physical improvement: Gathering community input to support advocacy for improvements in the park, including capital funding for projects over $35K.

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 including, but not limited to: 
  • inviting them to participate
  • asking them to help you promote your event
  • planning a larger event together that attracts more people to your survey, or
  • leading 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 6:00-8:30 PM at 100 Gold Street New York, NY 10038 on Mondays or Wednesdays on the following weeks:
  • Training 1: Week of February 10
  • Training 2: Week of February 24
  • Training 3: Week of March 9
  • Training 4: Week of March 23
  • Training 5: Week of April 6
Please note: Dates and program structure are tentative and subject to change. Final dates will be communicated with selected applicants.