Reinventing Parks (1988–Present)
Historic House Trust of New York City, a not-for-profit organization, is created to preserve and promote the then-16 historic house museums located in New York City parks. The City Parks Foundation (CPF), a non-profit organization that raises private funds to support programs and renovations in the city's parks and playgrounds, is formed. In partnership with Parks, CPF sponsors Central Park's SummerStage concert series, the Learn-To-Swim programs that serve thousands of children at Parks pools and recreation centers, the installation of state-of-the-art play equipment, and Mobile Recreation Vans that transport equipment to playgrounds during the summer.
The African-American Burial Ground, encompassing parts of City Hall Park and Foley Square, is designated an official City landmark.
Greenstreets, a joint project with the Department of Transportation that had originally begun in 1986, is relaunched. The program converts paved street properties, like triangles and malls, into green spaces. By 2001, 2001 Greenstreets will have been created.
Partnerships for Parks (PFP) is formed by Parks and CPF to increase community support for parks. Partnerships creates and strengthens groups that care for local parks, links them so that they can learn from each other and be stronger collectively, and promotes the parks generally so that people will be more likely to get involved in them.
In September, the Tisch Children's Zoo reopens after a $6 million renovation.
In October, Parks and the Central Park Conservancy completes a two-year, $18.2 million project to fully restore the 55-acre Great Lawn of Central Park—one of the most ambitious reconstruction projects in the history of the park.
Seventeen new parcels of parkland are acquired and two park additions, totaling 237.10 new acres. Notable acquisitions include Brooklyn's Paerdegat Basin Park (160.74 acres), Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens (1.553 acres), and Staten Island Industrial Park Wetlands Addition (70.29). Parks' Natural Resource Group completes the restoration of nearly 200 acres of natural areas.
Restoration of the Bronx River begins, creating momentum among government, private agencies, and the Bronx communities that border the River.