NYC Parks Department Celebrates the Opening of Beach Season on May 27th

      NYC Parks Department announced that Coney Island Beach, Rockaway Beach, and Orchard Beach will officially open to the public this Saturday, May 27th, with lifeguards on duty from 10am to 6pm. Love to swim? Looking for a summer job? You’re not too late to apply to be a NYC Parks Department Lifeguard.

NYC Parks Releases ‘Our Urban Forest’ Storymap

      NYC Parks today announced the completion of a brand-new StoryMaphighlighting the City’s trees, canopy, and forestry maintenance titled “Our Urban Forest.” Through the StoryMap, Parks has compiled the most comprehensive look at the City’s urban forest to date, complete with information on the city’s process for caring for trees; contextual data on […]

NYC Parks Celebrates Reopening of Bowne Park after $3.6 Million Pond, Plaza, and Bocce Court Improvements!

      NYC Parks Queens Borough Commissioner Jackie Langsam joined Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr., Council Member Vickie Paladino, Community Board 7 Chairperson Eugene Kelty, representatives from the Bowne Park Civic Association and the Broadway Flushing Homeowners Association, former City Council Member Paul Vallone, and members of the community to celebrate the completion […]

NYC Parks, NYC DOT, NYC DEP & Honey Locust Park in Midtown East Unveils $1.67 Million Renovation

      NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue joined NYC Department of Transportation Manhattan Borough Commissioner Ed Pincar, Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Chief Operating Officer Kim Cipriano, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Assembly Member Alex Bores, Council Member Julie Menin, representatives from Community Boards 8 and 6,and community members cut the ribbon on the […]

NYC Parks Shares Favorite Peak Cherry Blossom Parks in Bloom

      Spring has sprung, and with it comes every New Yorker’s favorite time of year: cherry blossom season! NYC Parks is pleased to announce that peak bloom has arrived for trees around the city. Every year, New Yorkers flock to see the seasonal blooms in all five boroughs – a great way to […]

NYC Parks + The Poetry Society of America Unveil Five New Installations in Public Parks During National Poetry Month

      NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue joined The Poetry Society of America Executive Director Matt Brogan, poet Edward Hirsch, and students from P.S. 676 and Summit Academy Charter School to celebrate five new installations bringing poetry to New York’s public parks through the Park Poems initiative. 

NYC Parks Department Announces RFP’s for Six Golf Courses!

      NYC Parks announced today that a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) has been issued for the renovation, operation, and maintenance of the following golf courses:  Pelham/Split Rock Golf Courses in the Bronx; Dyker Beach Golf Course in Brooklyn; Clearview Golf Course in Queens; Douglaston Golf Course in Queens; LaTourette Golf Course on Staten Island; […]

NYC Parks issues Request for Expressions of Interest to Activate Anchorage Plaza, Downtown Brooklyn

      NYC Parks announced today that a Request for Expressions of Interest (“RFEI”) has been issued for the temporary and seasonal implementation of programming, amenities, events, and development at Anchorage Plaza in Downtown Brooklyn. Anchorage Plaza is surrounded by a busy and dynamic section of the Brooklyn Bridge, bound by Old Fulton, Front, York, […]

NYC Parks Announced Artist Rose DeSiano Recipient of $25,000 Grant, Bringing ‘Public Continuum’ to Highland Park in Cypress Hills

      NYC Parks is pleased to announce that artist Rose DeSiano has been selected as the recipient of the Highland Park Art Grant. DeSiano will receive an award of $25,000 to create her proposed artwork, Public Continuum, to be displayed in Highland Park on the border of Brooklyn and Queens from Summer 2023 to […]

NYC Parks Reopens Flushing Meadows Corona Park Aquatics Center

      NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue joined Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr., Congresswoman Grace Meng, Council Member Shekar Krishnan, Council Member Sandra Ung, Representatives from Community Boards 4, 6, 7, and 8, Senior Swimmers from Roy Wilkins, St. John’s, and Al Oerter Recreation Centers, and community members to officially reopen the Flushing […]

NYC Parks Removes Abandoned Vessels Littering Sheepshead Bay

      Today, NYC Parks Chief of Waterfront and Marine Operations Nate Grove and City Council Member Inna Vernikov teamed up to remove three derelict vessels from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Derelict, abandoned vessels and other marine debris are environmental hazards and create navigational and property damage risks, particularly when becoming dislodged during heavy weather […]

Hikes Before Likes: NYC Parks is Kicking You Off the Couch!

    NYC Parks announces a new campaign debuting today on LinkNYC, to remind New Yorkers of the fun and beauty they can experience by spending time off-screen by playing and exploring the outdoors.  “Our new campaign is a gentle reminder to get out, look up, and enjoy the outdoors!” said NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue. “Social Media […]

NYC Parks Greenthumb Celebrates a Fruitful 2022 in Over 550 Community Gardens

      As New Yorkers prepare to turn the page on the past year, NYC Parks GreenThumb is taking a moment to look back and celebrate a successful 2022 community gardening season. Over the past year, GreenThumb has taken major strides to increase garden accessibility, connectivity, and food production, having renovated, rebuilt, and expanded […]

NYC Parks & NYC DDC Unveil Design for Shirley Chisholm Recreation Center in East Flatbush

      NYC Parks and NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) are proud to announce the design completion for the new, to-be-constructed Shirley Chisholm Recreation Center planned for East Flatbush, Brooklyn. This brand-new recreation center will include an indoor pool and public plaza, and serve as a hub for fitness, learning, and recreation.

NYC Parks Issues Request for Proposals for Cafe’ at Cadman Plaza

      NYC Parks has released a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the operation, maintenance, and development of a new café at Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn. Cadman Plaza serves as a focal point for the entire Brooklyn Heights community and is an ideal location for a new café. The park is frequented by families, joggers, and […]

Bid Your Holiday Tree Fir-Well with NYC Parks Department during Mulchfest 2023

      The holidays are fast approaching, and so is NYC Parks’ annual Mulchfest tree chipping celebration! Beginning December 26, New Yorkers can “tree”-cycle their trees at local parks, with convenient drop-off sites in all five boroughs. NYC Parks wants you to bid your Holiday Tree fir-well during Mulchfest 2023!

NYC Parks Department holds Rededication of Heintz Memorial & Reinstallation of Fame Statue in Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx

      NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue and Parks Director of Art & Antiquities Jonathan Kuhn joined the Public Design Commission’s Senior Manager of Art, Conservation & Design Carolina Llano, State Senator Jose Serrano, President of the 161 Street BID Trey Jenkins, Community Board 4 Parks Chair Paul Lozito, members of the Friends of […]

NYC Parks & NYCEDC Break Ground on $87 Million Restoration of the Orchard Beach Pavilion

      NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue & New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) Chief Infrastructure Officer Josh Kraus joined Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, State Assembly Member Michael Benedetto, Council Member Marjorie Velazquez, Council Member Amanda Farias, Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr., President of the Friends of Pelham Bay Park Nilka Martell, […]

NYC Parks Dept Unveils First-of-its-Kind Tree Map Integrating Live Forestry Data for Nearly One Million NYC Trees!

      NYC Parks launched a first-of-its-kind living tree map—the NYC Tree Map—showcasing nearly one million individually managed City trees that includes newly mapped, in-park trees that have unique IDs, species information, and maintenance status. Building on Parks’ previously launched Street Tree Map, this empowers New Yorkers to digitally interact with all 800,000+ landscaped […]

NYC Parks Celebrates 40th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition at The Arsenal Gallery, Central Park

      NYC Parks’ annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition returned to the Arsenal Gallery, with almost 40 inventive, handcrafted wreaths on display that celebrate the holiday season. Free to the public, and on view until December 30, this year’s collection of wreaths was created by artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages who have used inventive and unexpected materials tore-envision […]

NYC Parks Department Lifeguards for Summer 2023 get Increase in Wages!

      NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue announced today that the City has reached an agreement with DC37 to raise the pay rates for new and second year seasonal lifeguards to approximately $21.26/hr. Additionally, all lifeguards working through mid-August are eligible to receive a $1,000 bonus, and Parks will once again offer a mini-pool […]

NYC Parks & NYC DDC Unveil Design for Mary Cali Dalton Recreation Center in Tompkinsville, Staten Island

      NYC Parks and NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) are proud to announce the design completion for the brand-new Mary Cali Dalton Recreation Center in Tompkinsville, Staten Island. The first Parks ‘Design-Build’ project, recreation center is expected to break ground Summer 2023, will offer a variety of recreational amenities including sport […]

NYC Parks & Partners Complete Conceptual Plan for Parks on Staten Island’s East Shore

      NYC Parks today announced the completion of its “Shoreline Parks Plan,” New York City’s first-ever conceptual plan for the East Shore of Staten Island. Addressing approximately 5.5 miles of shoreline and 1,000 acres of NYC Parks property, the Shoreline Parks Plan re-envisions parks along Staten Island’s shore and introduces diversified amenities and activities; increases accessibility and circulation; and improves the overall visitor experience.

2021 American Nobel Laureates Honored on NYC Parks Monument

      2021 American Laureates Joshua D. Angrist and David W.C. MacMillan join celebration in their honor. NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue today joined Consul General of Sweden in New York Camilla Mellander, Consul General of Norway in New York Heidi Olufsen, Councilmember Gale Brewer, 2021 Nobel Prize recipients Drs. Joshua D. Angrist and David W.C. MacMillan, Nagisa Manabe […]

NYC Parks’ Conservation Team Spruce up Veterans Monuments for Veterans Day

      NYC Parks’ Citywide Monuments Conservators were hard at work to preserve more than 25 war memorials ahead of Veterans Day. Parks’ bronze sculptures have been cleaned and rewaxed to make them shine in honor of our veterans.

NYC Parks to Award $25,000 Grant with Open Call for Emerging Sculpture Artists

      NYC Parks invites artists to submit proposals for the Highland Park Art Grant. The winning artist will receive an award of $25,000 to create their proposed artwork for display outdoors in Highland Park, which is on the border of Brooklyn and Queens. The artwork will be installed on the Brooklyn side in […]

NYC Parks Shares Progress Update on 10th Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy

      From coastal park infrastructure upgrades, to monumental boardwalk renovations, to the replacement of 10,000 trees lost in the storm, and the restoration of close to 100 of acres of wetlands, salt marshes and stream corridors, NYC Parks shares progress on more than $1 billion dollars in Federal and City funded resiliency projects […]

Fall in Love with Autumn: Join NYC Parks for Fall Foliage Fun!

      Fall in love with New York City’s parks all over again! With the season’s crisp, cool weather and gorgeously colored leaves making an entrance, today NYC Parks announced the return of its #FallForNYC initiative, with its fifth annual fall photo campaign, Leaf ID guide, suggestions for the most scenic spots to leaf peep, […]

NYC Parks & Socrates Sculpture Park to Break Ground on $5.7 Million New Facility ~ ‘The Cubes’

      Socrates Sculpture Park is excited to break ground for “The Cubes,” a new 2,640 square-foot, two-story building that will become a permanent home for Socrates Sculpture Park, designed by the innovative architecture studio LOT-EK. Multi-functional by design, the space will provide new facilities for the park’s administrative offices, arts education and community […]

NYC Parks Department Monuments Conservation Program Crew at Washington Square Arch

        The New York City Parks Department Monuments Conservation Program Crew will be heading to Washington Square Park on Thursday, July 21, 2022 to begin intensive stone repairs, micro-abrasive cleaning, and chemical protection to preserve the Washington Square Arch’s masonry.

NYC Parks Cuts Ribbons on Rapkin-Gayle Plaza, SoHo and Manuel Plaza, NoHo

      Today, NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue and NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala today cut the ribbon on two newly constructed plazas in Lower Manhattan. Beginning at the new Rapkin-Gayle Plaza, they were joined by Borough President Mark Levine, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Council […]

NYC Parks Breaks Ground on Newest Phase of Development of Sunset Cove in Broad Channel

      NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue today joined Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery Assistant Communication Director Shachar Roloson, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, Broad Channel Civic Association & Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers Representative Daniel Mundy Sr., and members of the community to break ground on phase two of the […]

NYC Parks Cuts the Ribbon on a New Cafe’ at McCarren Park, Brooklyn

      NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue today joined the operators of the new McCarren ParkHouse, Aaron Broudo and Belvy Klein, and community members to cut the ribbon on the new café at McCarren Park in Brooklyn. “We are thrilled to herald the start of the summer season, while continuing New York City’s ongoing […]

First Ever Solicitation by NYC Parks for Mobile Food & Merchandise Vendors in Iconic Parks Citywide!

      NYC Parks has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the sale of specialty items from Mobile Units in some of the city’s most iconic parks, including Central Park, Forest Park, Macombs Dam Park, and more! For the first time ever, Parks has issued an RFP for both food and merchandise mobile […]

NYC Parks to Preserve George Segal’s ‘Gay Liberation’ Sculptures as Part of The Monuments Conservation Program

      In honor of Pride Month, NYC Parks’ monuments crew will provide annual care for George Segal’s Gay Liberation sculptural group commemorating the Stonewall Riots. The work is part of the 25th season of NYC Parks’ Citywide Monuments Conservation Program.

Last Weekend with NYC Parks Celebrating Adventures NYC 2022 in Central Park

      Last Saturday, June 18th, NYC Parks invited New Yorkers to meet at the Central Park Bandshell for a day of adventure. From 11am to 4pm, kids and their parents (or kids at heart) zip lined, rock climbed, paddle boarded and more at the annual Adventures NYC with the NYC Parks Department and […]

NYC Parks’ Monuments Conservation Program Launches 25th Season beginning in Harlem with Richard Hunt’s ‘Harlem Hybrid’

      As the 25th season of NYC Parks’ Citywide Monuments Conservation Program (CMCP) commences, a team of skilled conservators and trainees have started making the rounds to clean, recoat and treat several major monuments throughout the five boroughs. On Friday, this year’s three new seasonal apprentices worked with staff using ladders and a […]

NYC Parks will Kick-Off Beach Season on May 28th!

      NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue announces that the City’s eight public beaches will open for swimming on Saturday, May 28, and remain open through Sunday, September 11, 2022.  Lifeguards will be on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; swimming is unsafe and strictly prohibited at all other times.

NYC Parks Commemorates 40th Anniversary of Parks Enforcement Patrol

      NYC Parks this year celebrates forty years of the Parks Enforcement Patrol, a team of dedicated officers who preserve and protect parks and public facilities. Forty-two new officers currently in training to join PEP ranks this Spring!

NYC Parks Seeks Landscape Architecture Consultants

      NYC Parks today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify at least 10 firms that will provide landscape architecture services for upcoming park improvement projects. The experienced consultant firms will have a lasting impact on New York City’s parkland by working with the award-winning agency to design and build public spaces […]

NYC Parks Youth Sustainability Corp Install 2,000 Sq Ft of Green Roof Atop St. Mary’s Rec Center in the Bronx

      This month, (March, 2022), New York City students made the Bronx a little greener by installing 2,000 square feet of green roof atop the St. Mary’s Recreation Center in the South Bronx. As the very first class of Youth Sustainability Corps (YSC), these 30 local High School and College students, under the […]

NYC Parks Celebrates Black History Month with a Virtual Exhibition at Poe Park Visitor Center

      NYC Parks is proud to present the Poe Park Visitor Center’s virtual exhibition as part of the agency’s Black History Month celebration. The online show is in addition to “The NYC Parks Renaming Project: Celebrating Black Leaders” at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, as well as events and tours taking place […]

NYC Parks and DOT Announce Completion of Conceptual Plans for Greenways in Brooklyn and Queens

    NYC Parks and DOT today announced the completion of two conceptual planning studies for greenways in Brooklyn and Queens. TheDestination: Greenways! studies identified gaps in the existing greenway routes and ways to improve and transform key greenspaces into both a destination and a thoroughfare to increase access. The study outlined opportunities for investments […]

NYC Parks & Randall’s Island Park Alliance Celebrate $4.3 Million in Funding for Pathway & Shoreline Improvements

    NYC Parks Acting Commissioner Liam Kavanagh and Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) President Deborah Maher today announced funding for multi-use pathway repairs and living shoreline restoration at Randall’s Island Park. The $4.3 million project, funded by a $3.72 million grant from NYS Department of State and $660,000 from RIPA, will address erosion, stabilize […]

NYC Parks Celebrates Black Leaders in the Arsenal Gallery for Black History Month

      In celebration of Black History Month, NYC Parks is pleased to announce the exhibition, “The NYC Parks Renaming Project: Celebrating Black Leaders,” now on view at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. The show highlights some of the parks and park features that the agency has recently renamed to honor the Black […]

Lifeguards Wanted for NYC Parks! Qualifying Tests Begin this Month

      Being a lifeguard is a rewarding and challenging job that requires split-second decision making and develops valuable skills that can last a lifetime. NYC Parks is looking for New Yorkers who have the physical and the mental discipline to become part of our team for Summer 2022. Qualifying tests begin January 31, […]

NYC Parks’ Greenthumb Continues Support for Community Gardens

    As New Yorkers start the New Year, NYC Parks’ GreenThumb is taking a look back at another successful community gardening season with a review of 2021. Over the past year, GreenThumb added three new gardens to its portfolio and completed significant upgrades and renovations at 24 community gardens across four boroughs, which included […]

NYC Parks Department Warns ~ Don’t Venture Out Onto the Ice in Parks + Tips on Reporting Tree Damage

    As temperatures continue to drop, NYC Parks urges parkgoers to exercise caution while near lakes, ponds, and rivers in New York City’s parks this winter. New Yorkers are reminded to follow ice safety guidelines and to stay off water bodies that appear frozen – they are likely not, and venturing onto them is […]

Get Ready for NYC Parks’ Annual Mulchfest 2021/2022

    The holidays are fast approaching, and so too is NYC Parks’ annual Mulchfest tree chipping celebration! Beginning December 26, 2021, New Yorkers can “tree”-cycle their holiday trees at local parks, with convenient drop-off sites in all five boroughs. This year, Parks will be hosting one Chipping Weekend, where New Yorkers can actively mulch […]

NYC Parks Green Roof Development + New Youth Sustainability Corps

      NYC Parks Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff announced, in response to increasingly frequent storms like Hurricane Ida, a commitment to expand Parks’ green roofs by 50,000 sqft–bringing the agency’s total to 250,000 sqft–and the creation of a brand new Youth Sustainability Corps (YSC) giving NYC school students hands-on training in green job skills. This […]