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

Join us at a virtual opening of our first-ever exhibition entitled It’s Our Park: 25 Years of Communities in Action. This collection of images and stories sourced directly from New York City community leaders, the PfP staff who work with them, and the NYC Parks’ archives; celebrates PfP’s community partners, telling their stories through their eyes and showing the transformation possible when people come together in their neighborhood parks to effect change.

At this special event, we will explore the past, present, and future of parks with a panel discussion and celebrate our work with a virtual tour. Featured speakers include PfP Founder Tim Tompkins, PfP Director Sabina Saragoussi, City Parks Foundation Executive Director Heather Lubov, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP.

Wednesday, February 17th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm



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.