Join us 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.

In March 2019, Partnerships for Parks will present seven awards at the 2018 It’s My Park Awards Reception. One organization will be selected to receive each award:

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



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



Award recipients for our 2017 It’s My Park Awards included the following outstanding groups:

  • Friends of Pelham Parkway
  • Man Up! Inc.
  • Marcus Garvey Park Alliance
  • Friends of Brookville Park
  • Silver Lake Conservancy
  • Friends of William Sheridan
  • Red Hook Conservancy