The latest Executive Budget reflected some great victories for parks in New York City. We are thrilled that there has been additional funding allocated to renovate anchor parks citywide, improve access to parkland in communities that lack open space, and additional expense money for park operations.
However, our work here is just beginning. Our open spaces have seen much neglect in years past and they need more investment to bring them up to a standard of care that hasn’t been met in far too long.
As the city has grappled with recent economic downturns, our parks and gardens have suffered, despite being more heavily used than ever. Simply put, the agency has had to do much more with much less. We are calling on the Mayor and the City Council to continue their commitment to parks by supplying critical funds so that all New Yorkers can live in a healthy, safe and vibrant community.
Join New Yorkers for Parks on Wednesday, May 25th from 10am-11am on the steps of City Hall, to let the Mayor and City Council know that every New Yorker deserves clean, safe and beautiful open spaces. See you at the rally!