Description & History

Parks & Recreation is the steward of nearly 20 percent of New York City's land, including thousands of individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We operate athletic fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, public pools, recreational facilities, nature centers, golf courses, and beaches throughout the five boroughs. We also care for monuments and historic house museums and look after hundreds of thousands of street trees (even more within parks).

We are New York City's principal providers of recreational and athletic facilities and programs. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals.

About the organization

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Jeff Cooper
Volunteer Coordinator - Staten Island
(718) 667-3545
Rosemary Paul
Deputy Chief of Recreation for Queens
(718) 520-5918
Kelly Gillen
Deputy Chief of Recreation - Queens
(718) 520-5944
Jacqueline Brown
Deputy Chief of Recreation - Brooklyn
(718) 965-8918
Anthony Sama
Marketing & Special Events
(212) 360-8207
Brian Aucoin
Director of Natural Area Volunteers (NAV)
(212) 360-2749
Kendra Koch
Shape Up program volunteer coordinator
Pui Yu
Strategic Initiatives
Lauren Sylvester
Marketing & Special Events
Loretta Sun
Recreation Specialist
Kevin McClain
Special Events
Catherine LaPerche
Stewardship Volunteer Analyst
718-392-5232 ext: 128
Malena Kovalevsky
Stewardship Outreach Coordinator
7183925232 ext: 127
Mary Hanchar
Stewardship Administrative Assistant
718-392-5232 ext: 122
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