Submitted by ub on Sun, 05/18/2014 - 20:45

New Yorkers rolled up their sleeves and dug in to make their neighborhood parks shine during It’s My Day. NYC Parks joined Partnerships for Parks, the City Parks Foundation, dozens of community groups, and thousands of volunteers to kick off the spring season of park volunteer events throughout the City.

“Across the five boroughs, thousands of New Yorkers rolled up their sleeves and donated time and energy to more than 150 projects in local parks and playgrounds at this spring’s It’s My Park Day,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “It’s My Park Day celebrates our volunteers who work year-round improving public parks and their remarkable contribution to New York City's green spaces."

It’s My Park Day projects were led by local community groups with support from Partnerships for Parks. Partnerships for Parks supported more than 5,000 volunteers today who planted bulbs, painted fences and celebrated their communities at over 150 sites around the City. Dozens of dedicated community groups donated their time to help beautify neighborhood parks, gardens and playgrounds in all five boroughs, creating greener, safer and more enjoyable public spaces. It’s My Park projects will continue throughout the spring and summer.

Alison Tocci, President of City Parks Foundation said, “City parks have always been indispensable resources for New Yorkers of all ages. It’s My Park Day showcases not only the good-will of community groups and volunteers, but also is a great time to highlight some of the wonderful free programs and facilities that our parks have to offer.”

“It’s My Park Day activities empower local groups to have a visible and lasting impact on their neighborhood parks and street trees," said Director of Partnerships for Parks Sabina Saragoussi. "It's also an opportunity for new park volunteers to get engaged, and a time to come together and celebrate our communities. We are grateful for the tremendous efforts of everyone who has contributed through projects and events throughout the city.”

"We are excited to once again sponsor It’s My Park Day. As part of our TD Forests program, the bank’s flagship environmental program, It’s My Park Day is a terrific way to support local parks and open spaces throughout New York City,” said Diana Glassman, Head of Environmental Affairs for TD Bank. “As an environmental leader, TD focuses on areas where we can make the most impact, including expanding urban green spaces to enhance community and economic development. These events are a perfect way for us to support the City Parks Foundation’s ongoing efforts.”

Partnerships for Parks is an innovative joint program of City Parks Foundation and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Partnerships for Parks helps New Yorkers work together to make neighborhood parks thrive, and strengthens the diverse, growing network of dedicated park volunteers and groups by creating opportunities for them to celebrate their parks and accomplishments, access resources, become more effective leaders in their communities, and work with government to affect decisions about their parks.

For more information on It’s My Park Day or other Partnerships for Parks initiatives, please visit: