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About City Parks Foundation

At City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs — located in more than 300 parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City — reach over 275,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: thriving parks mean thriving communities.


NYC Green Fund Grants Nearly $500,000 To Local Organizations

Today, City Parks Foundation and Partnerships for Parks announced the selection of 68 grant recipients through the NYC Green Fund’s Grassroots grants program. These 68 NYC-based community groups will receive grants of up to $30,000 to support open space stewardship, environmental action, organizational development, health and wellness, youth engagement, and live arts and culture programs in parks, gardens, and open spaces. Read the full announcement here. 

Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Announces 2023 Season

City Parks Foundation is excited to announce the 2023 season of Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage, New York City’s beloved outdoor performing arts festival, bringing 80 free and benefit shows to Central Park and 12 neighborhood parks across the five boroughs.
Read the full announcement here. 

City Parks Foundation Announces New Board Chair Roland S. Merchant, Jr., A Commercial Real Estate Executive

City Parks Foundation announced today that commercial real estate executive Roland S. Merchant, Jr. will take over as Board Chair for the organization. He has served on the board since 2014. Current Board Chair David Barse has completed his three-year chair term and will remain on as Executive Chair.
Read the full announcement here. 

NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund Grants $510,000 to 10 Organizations

City Parks Foundation is pleased to announce that the NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund (NYC Green Fund) recently granted $510,000 to 10 innovative projects advancing equity and community involvement in parks and open spaces. The 2023 Systems Change grants program will provide one- and two-year-long grants in order to address parks equity challenges, strengthen partnerships and increase access, and support innovative use of green infrastructure.

2023 City Parks Foundation Dinner & Concert Benefit at SummerStage in Central Park Announces Honorees

City Parks Foundation is pleased to announce their 2023 benefit fundraiser, taking place Thursday, September 28 in Central Park. This year’s event will honor Chief Programming Officer and President of National Programming for iHeartMedia, Tom Poleman, with the SummerStage Icon Award and will honor Co-Founder and Principal of The Young Women’s Leadership School of the Bronx, Devon Eisenberg, with the People & Parks Award.

SummerStage season artwork by Lauren Martin.

2023 PRESS

CityParks Play

Golf program offers free lessons for young New Yorkers (March 29)– CBS News
Run the TCS New York City Marathon for City Parks Foundation! (March 5) – Harlem World
8 Family Health and Fitness Tips for 2023 (January 11) – New York Metro Parents

CityParks Learn

Hungry for Change (April 1) – Junior Scholastic


Music Industry Moves (March 22) – Variety

City Parks Foundation Unveils Foundation Dinner & Concert Benefit Honorees (March 22) – Pollstar

Grandmaster Flash, Tanya Tucker & More to Headline SummerStage 2023 (April 25) – Billboard

Tanya Tucker, Juanes, Regina Spektor, Many More to Perform at New York’s SummerStage 2023 (April 25) – Variety

SummerStage is bringing more than 80 free concerts to NYC parks this year (April 25) – Gothamist

City Parks Foundation SummerStage Announces 2023 Season With Tanya Tucker, Jason Moran, Kool & The Gang And More (April 25) – Pollstar

City Parks Foundation announces lineup for 2023 SummerStage series (April 25) – WBGO


Summerstage 2023 Lineup (April 25) – DoNYC

SummerStage 2023 free show lineup (April 25) – Brooklyn Vegan

MIKE announces free 2023 Young World fest ft Noname, Georgia Anne Muldrow, 454, more (April 25) – Brooklyn Vegan

It’s Gonna Be a Capital Summer in NYC, Y’all (April 25) – HITS

SummerStage’s 2023 Programming Puts Hip-Hop Front and Center (April 25) – NYLON

The Cool SummerStage 2023 Season Is Back, And It’s All In Harlem, You Going? (April 25) – Harlem World Magazine

Tanya Tucker, Juanes, Regina Spektor, Many More to Perform at New York’s SummerStage 2023 (April 25) – New York Folk

MIKE Taps Noname, Georgia Anne Muldrow for Free Young World III Festival (April 25) – Okayplayer

SummerStage 2023 Concerts Announced: What To Know (April 25) – Patch

NYC’s SummerStage concert series just released its official line-up (April 25) – Time Out




A Guide to New York City Volunteering (January 25) – New York Family

Earth Day with Partnerships for Parks: Invest in Our Planet (April 22) – ESG Talks on Apple Podcasts



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