The event recognizes New York City park volunteers who have graduated from the Partnerships Academy Fellowship Program, will be held on October 23, 2018, at the Manny Cantor Center on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. At the ceremony, City Parks Foundation Executive Director, Heather Lubov, and Deputy Commissioner of NYC Parks, Liam Kavanaugh, will honor twenty community park groups from across the city.
The twenty graduates include Bronx-based Survivor I Am, Brooklyn’s Fresh Creek Nature Association, Harlem’s Friends of St. Nicholas Park, Queens-based Friends of Rosemary’s Playground, and Staten Island’s Friends of Mariners Harbor Parks.
The twenty graduates include Bronx-based Survivor I Am, Brooklyn’s Fresh Creek Nature Association, Harlem’s Friends of St. Nicholas Park, Queens-based Friends of Rosemary’s Playground, and Staten Island’s Friends of Mariners Harbor Parks. These groups span the five boroughs and tackle issues of concern in their respective neighborhoods, encouraging activism and community engagement, increasing programming and beautification of their local green spaces, and advocating for funding from their elected officials.
The Fellowship Program provides the essential training and organizational development these groups need to realize their visions for their local parks. Now in its sixth year, the program provides tailored support to community park groups, teaching them how to define goals and develop action plans for improving their local parks, and how to monitor and evaluate their progress. This year, the graduates participated in workshops with experts on creating group structure, writing grants, designing public programming, and working with the press.
“We value opportunities to learn from one another – from experts on our team, and experts in our neighborhoods,” said Sabina Saragoussi, Director, Partnerships for Parks. “The Fellowship and culminating Community Connections event celebrate the accomplishments of some of our most dedicated park partners, as well as provide a unique opportunity for us to exchange rich knowledge for the benefit of our communities. When we connect, we grow together.”
The Fellowship Program is free of charge for park group members and leaders, who are selected via an application process. These volunteers are vital in caring for and improving New York City’s 29,000 acres of green space. Their dedicated stewardship helps build long-term investment in these public spaces and strengthens the social fabric of their neighborhoods.
For more information on the program, visit www.partnershipsforparks.com
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