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For over 100 years, New Yorkers for Parks (NY4P) has built, protected and promoted parks and open spaces in New York City. Today, NY4P is the citywide independent organization championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods. We achieve this mission through an integrated approach of research, advocacy and strategic partnerships.
New Yorkers for Parks conducts research and develops tangible policy recommendations around our findings related to park development, management and sustainability. Using this research as a foundation for our advocacy campaigns, NY4P drives both immediate actions and long-term policies that protect and enhance the city’s vast network of parks, ensure adequate and equitable distribution of open space resources to all neighborhoods, and inform and empower communities throughout New York City to advocate for their open space needs. To support our efforts, NY4P builds and maintains strategic partnerships with government officials and agencies, local parks groups and conservancies, academic institutions, and other key stakeholders in the public and private sectors.
Our guiding principles are:
- Open spaces, and the resources to support them, should be equitably distributed citywide.
- Existing parks and open spaces should be preserved and well-maintained.
- Parks are an essential public service and should be primarily funded by public dollars.
- Innovative financing strategies for creating, improving, and maintaining open space should be explored to augment public dollars.
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