25 Years of Caring for Parks

Since 1995, Partnerships for Parks has been working side-by-side with communities across New York City to sustain parks through greening, beautifying, and programming. Join us at a series of year-round events, sign up for our newsletter, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates. Share your own photos with us using the hashtag #wearepfp.

Partnerships for Parks is turning 25 this year!

In the wake of the fiscal crisis of the 70’s, New York City green spaces were struggling. Severe budget cuts to city services hit parks particularly hard, and they became neglected and dangerous. Community park groups formed to reclaim these local parks and transform them into thriving community spaces. In 1995, Partnerships for Parks was founded to support these groups and grow this movement. Today, we support almost 600 groups working across the city. We offer grants and training, tools and supplies, and staff support to ensure communities can do the essential work of caring for New York City’s precious green spaces. Join us to celebrate our 25th anniversary and help envision the future at one of our upcoming events.

25th Anniversary Events

It's Our Park: 25 Years of Communities in Action

View Partnerships for Parks’ first exhibit exploring the history of PfP through the stories of community groups who have worked in NYC green spaces over the last 25 years. Through photography and mixed media, the exhibition will show the transformation possible when communities come together in their local parks and green spaces to effect change.  

Details to follow.


We kicked off our 25th anniversary year with a special It’s My Park Awards Reception. We honored both longstanding and newly formed community groups who embody the mission and vision of PfP by working collaboratively to transform their parks into thriving community spaces.

Check out the winners here.



We bring New Yorkers together in their parks by offering free programs. Although our programming is temporarily suspended, parks remain open to find solace, to exercise, and to stay healthy. Please give now if you can so that we can be back in parks soon.