NYC Park Advocates, Inc. is a non-partisan watchdog group dedicated to improving the lives of all NYC residents through the restoration, preservation, expansion, proper maintenance, management and safety of its public parks and open spaces. We are committed to ensuring greater access to waterfronts, public recreation opportunities and equal access for people of all physical abilities. Our mission is to significantly increase the amount and effectiveness of City, State, and Federal funding, to foster greater government accountability, and to achieve the equitable distribution of park services. We work throughout the city to involve and empower citizens and community groups concerned with the ecologically and environmentally sound use of parks, as well as to increase public interest and awareness of park advocacy.
To help achieve these goals, NYC Park Advocates conducts research, monitoring public policy, public agency performance, environmental issues, government legislation and the actions of individuals that affect NYC and its environs. We direct our findings to the attention of elected officials, media, concerned constituencies and the general public.
Over the past forty five years, public funding for New York City public parks has been drastically reduced, resulting in an alarming decrease of critical services, including basic maintenance and programming. Although this affects the quality of life for all New Yorkers, those most impacted are the residents in the city's underserved communities, the working class, the poor and the disenfranchised. By undertaking these efforts and raising public awareness, NYC Park Advocates will restore proper public funding to all NYC parks and ensure that park services are delivered based, not on a community's ability to raise private funds, but on the firm principle that all neighborhoods and all people deserve equitable treatment.