Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Partnerships for Parks - Planning Safe Events, Volunteer Appreciation, and More



This past fall, we distributed over 50,000 crocus bulbs to nearly 100 community groups across the city to plant as a living memorial to the New Yorkers lost to COVID-19. One of the first bulbs to bloom each spring in New York City’s parks, we imagined the memorial planting would bring hope as the flowers begin to bloom in March. 

Recently, the crocuses have been spotted brightening up parks around the city and caught the attention of CBS!  A special thanks to our many community partners for planting tens of thousands of crocus bulbs in this act of remembrance. Look out for the purple blossoms in your local park as we honor those lost, continue being safe, and look towards a brighter day.


How can we enjoy parks while keeping our communities safe? Gathering in person during COVID-19 requires an entirely new approach to event planning. This webinar will help you reimagine park events and provide you with actionable steps to plan safe and comfortable programs in your park this spring and summer.

Join us to learn:

  • How to plan a successful event during COVID-19.
  • Best practices and examples of creative park clean-ups and programming.
  • The latest updates on NYC Parks special events permits.
  • Practical tips for managing volunteers and the public.

Featured speakers include:

  • Anthony Sama, Director of Citywide Special Events, NYC Parks 
  • Leslie Davol, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Street Lab 

Tuesday, April 6 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Presenting sponsor


Let’s shower our volunteers with love this April! In recognition of the tremendous effort of community groups across the city who continued volunteering in 2020 despite the global pandemic, we are devoting the month of April to volunteer appreciation. Share a “love letter” video to recognize a community group who went above and beyond for their local park through It’s My Park and tag @partnershipsforparks (on FB/IG) or @pfpnyc (on Twitter) by April 12th.

We’ll share our favorites on our social media platforms throughout the month. Also look out for Golden Trowel Trivia on Fridays. The trivia questions will be parks-based and borough-specific and the first person to comment with the right answers to all questions will win a TD Bank gift card! 

All groups recognized must have participated in It’s My Park regularly in 2020. You may recognize your own group. Include #ItsMyPark.

Presenting sponsor


Recognizing the incredibly difficult year that we’ve all been through, SummerStage is eager to bring free performances back to parks this summer because they believe the arts will help heal our city. But they need your help. Please take a few minutes to fill out their reopening survey. Your answers will help make your SummerStage experience safe and comfortable. Deadline April 9.

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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