FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Thousands Of Volunteers Come Out To Kick Off A "It's My Park Day"
Today New Yorkers rolled up their sleeves and dug in to make their neighborhood parks shine during It’s My Day. NYC Parks & Recreation joined Partnerships for Parks, the City Parks Foundation, dozens of community groups, and thousands of volunteers to kick off the spring season of parks volunteer events throughout the City.
“This year we are happy to expand It's My Park Day to a full season of volunteer events across the five boroughs,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White. “With the help of the thousands of New Yorkers who came out today, we've been able to make significant progress with the recovery efforts in parks affected by Hurricane Sandy, and we’ve helped prepare parks across the city to get ready for a great summer season."
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. This year, 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.”
“Volunteers play a critical part in helping ensure our green spaces are clean, safe, and active,” said Director of Partnerships for Parks, Sabina Saragoussi. “By expanding It’s My Park Day activities to a whole season we can better help to strengthen, and sustain community involvement in neighborhoods across the City.”
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 www.ItsMyPark.org. It's My Park Day is sponsored by TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank.
CONTACT: Arthur Pincus / Tara Kiernan (212) 360-1311