At the annual It’s My Park Awards Reception, Partnerships for Parks honors partners who demonstrate exceptional leadership and commitment to their local parks through service, advocacy, and collaboration.

Our award recipients embody the mission and vision of Partnerships for Parks by effectively partnering with local residents and decision makers to transform their parks and green spaces into dynamic community assets, build long-term investment in public space, and strengthen the social fabric of our neighborhoods.

Each spring, one organization is selected to receive each award:

Bronx Golden Trowel Award
Brooklyn Golden Trowel Award
Manhattan Golden Trowel Award
Queens Golden Trowel Award
Staten Island Golden Trowel Award
Rookie of the Year Award (new for 2018)
Tim Tompkins Leadership Award


  • Bronx Sole of the Bronx
  • Parent Child Relationship of Brooklyn
  • Muslim Volunteers for New York of Manhattan
  • Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy of Queens
  • Westerleigh Parks Coalition of Staten Island
  • Jerome Park Friends and Neighbors (FANS) of the Bronx
  • Friends of Mariners Harbor Parks of Staten Island



Each year, community partners are invited to nominate themselves or a peer for the It’s My Park Awards. Nominations for this year’s awards ended on February 3, 2019.

Nominations are vetted and reviewed by a recommendation committee and selected by Partnerships for Parks leadership. In selecting the award recipients, consideration is given to the nominee’s accomplishments in 2018 and the merit of the nomination(s).

Requirements for nominees include:

  • Leading an IMP service project, with support from Partnerships for Parks, during the 2018 season
  • Demonstrating achievement in one or more of the following areas:
    • Group Development – demonstrated growth in organizational leadership, composition, structure, or sustainability
    • Leveraged Resources – secured funding or in-kind support for park space or programs
    • Programming – launched or expanded free programming and events
    • Physical Improvements – contributed to the physical transformation and beautification of park space
    • Promotion and Communications – improved public awareness of community group’s purpose or activities
    • Collaboration and Partnership – developed effective relationships or co-created programming with local partners, peers, or decision makers