Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Partnerships for Parks - Free Webinar and 25th Anniversary Exhibition Opening


Learn from community leaders who’ve overcome significant challenges to support local green spaces during the pandemic at a free webinar. Also, if you haven’t registered for the virtual opening of our 25th anniversary exhibition yet, register now before it’s too late!

What Can We Learn? Leading Community Groups during COVID-19

One year into COVID-19, community groups have persisted in caring for New York City’s parks and green spaces, as well as one another. Hear from experienced community leaders who’ve navigated challenges in 2020 and have wisdom to share on fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and working with NYC Parks. We will also invite leaders like YOU to share experiences leading community efforts in times of crisis.

At this webinar, you will:

  • Connect with community leaders in Zoom breakout rooms
  • Hear key takeaways on managing community groups
  • Learn how to host or join a volunteer clean-up effort in your community
Featured speakers include:
  • Maria Carro-D’Alessandro, Founder and Chair, Marine Park Alliance
  • Nadia Lesy, Artistic Director, Bullettrun 
  • DJ Nett, Founder, SEQ Cleanup Initiative

Registration for this session is required and will close the day before the event. You will receive information on how to join the webinar once you register. If you have any questions, please contact Jordan Mullaney at

Thursday, February 25 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm


It’s Our Park: 25 Years of Communities in Action

Join Partnerships for Parks (PfP) as we culminate our 25th anniversary at a virtual opening of our first-ever exhibition entitled It’s Our Park: 25 Years of Communities in Action. This collection of images and stories sourced directly from New York City community leaders, the PfP staff who work with them, as well as NYC Parks’ archives; celebrates PfP’s community partners, telling their stories through their eyes and showing the transformation possible when people come together in their neighborhood parks to effect change. 

Featured speakers include PfP Founder Tim Tompkins, PfP Director Sabina Saragoussi, City Parks Foundation Executive Director Heather Lubov, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, and others who will discuss the past, present, and future of parks. 

Space is limited and available on a first-come basis. If you have any questions, please contact

Wednesday, February 17 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

American Express volunteers painting a handball court at McCarren Park in October 2019

Thanking Our Corporate Partners

In 2020, American Express provided support to safely relaunch It’s My Park. Thanks to this support we hosted 13 volunteer orientation webinars with 175 attendees and distributed 160 tool kits directly to community groups. Thanks for your support, American Express!

Partnerships for Parks is a joint program of City Parks Foundation and NYC Parks that supports and champions a growing network of leaders caring and advocating for neighborhood parks and green spaces. We equip people and organizations with the skills and tools needed to transform these spaces into dynamic community assets.

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