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About Donating to NYC Parks

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Your gift will go directly to support parks projects and will complement and further develop NYC Parks' Adopt-a-Park Program, which was created in response to a growing interest in providing financial support for parks and public spaces. If you wish, you can make a donation in honor or in memory of a loved one, and you will then have the option of having a courtesy gift card printed and mailed on your behalf.

When you give online to NYC Parks, 100 percent of your donations received through the website will go toward parks projects. There are no overhead or administrative costs.

Other Donations to NYC Parks

If you would wish to make a more substantial gift, you may also adopt a bench or adopt a tree through NYC Parks. For more information, please visit our Make a Donation In Honor of Someone Special page. You may also choose to give through your corporation, or donate your time by volunteering in our parks.

Adopt-A-Park

The Adopt-A-Park program is a way for businesses, groups, and individuals to give back to their local community by providing financial support for the renovation, maintenance, and improvement of neighborhood parks, playgrounds, and greenstreets. The program was created by the New York City Council in 2003 as a means of enabling private sector funds to be earmarked for specific parks projects.

Through the Adopt-A-Park program, interested parties are able to support a wide range of projects. Local managers who are intimately familiar with each of their individual parks and surrounding neighborhoods identify the greatest needs and the resources necessary to meet them. Projects can be as large as converting a paved, unused traffic island into green spaces filled with trees and flowers; renovating old playgrounds; or resurfacing a basketball court. Smaller donations will go towards improvement projects identified by the Parks Commissioner in each borough.

Donations at $10,000 and above are acknowledged with a temporary green and white sign produced by the Parks Department. All donations made to the Adopt-A-Park program, through the City Parks Foundation, are 100 percent tax-deductible.

To learn more about the Adopt-A-Park program, please call (212) 360-8144 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or email AdoptAPark@parks.nyc.gov.

Tax Deduction

For online donations: City Parks Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code. Your contributions is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

For donations of $5,000 or greater:  The Department of Parks & Recreation is an agency of the City of New York. Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code states that donations to states and political subdivisions of states (such as the City of New York) are tax deductible.

Disclosure

NYC Parks is required to disclose certain information regarding donations to the City of New York Conflicts of Interest Board every six months.

Under no circumstances will donors receive special access to City officials or preferential treatment as a result of the donation.

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