Description & History

Partnerships for Parks is the public-private program that supports and champions a growing network of leaders caring and advocating for neighborhood parks and green spaces. We equip people, organizations and government with the skills and tools they need to transform these spaces into dynamic community assets.

We began in 1995 for two reasons. First, we were responding to decades of cuts in funding for New York City's parks. We believed that there was a large, untapped parks constituency that could be identified and encouraged to speak up to secure adequate public support. Second, the striking results of citizen-led efforts to transform parks, involving groups ranging from a tiny block association in Hell's Kitchen to the Central Park Conservancy, convinced us that local constituencies needed to be formed and strengthened for every park.

Since 1995, we have connected dedicated community groups to over half of New York City’s 1,700 park properties, building a higher level of civic involvement in city government. Partnerships for Parks envision parks as spaces where community members and decision makers work together to create their city.

About the organization

Partnerships for Parks

Mary Daly
Corporate Program Manager
(212) 360-8126
Yekaterina Gluzberg
Volunteer Projects Manager
(212) 360-3464
Hannah Gall
Director, Volunteer Program
(212) 360-8156
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