Overall, this is shaping up to be a good year for our city parks. Advocates from across the city signed NY4P’s letter to the mayor and the City Council, came to the Rally 4 Parks, contacted their elected officials, and supported the Parks work. Together they let City Hall know how important open space is to New York communities, and they have city a budget that reflects that.
Mayor de Blasio dramatically increased the seasonal budget to deal with the enormous increase in park and playground use. The City Council also made some significant increases to the Parks Department budget. We can now look forward to better park maintenance during the summer months, a longer beach season, the preservation of essential staff positions, much-needed funding for tree stump removal, and increased access and improvements to parks and playgrounds across the city.
Learn more about how this will impact NYC parks, and see a more detailed breakdown of the city budget.