Adopt–a–Park Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Adopt–a–Park program?
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.
Through this program, do I adopt a whole park or a piece of the park, like a tree or a bench?
The program is designed for the adoption of a complete property, and we work with local park managers who are intimately familiar with each of their individual parks and surrounding neighborhoods to identify the greatest needs and the amount of resources necessary to meet them. Other programs, like Adopt–a–Bench, exist in certain locations such as Central Park, Prospect Park, and Washington Square Park, to name a few.
How will my donation be used?
Different parks have different needs, and we will work with you to ensure that your contribution is used where and how it can have the greatest impact. Activities include, among other things, converting paved, unused traffic island into green spaces filled with trees, flowers, shrubs, and ground cover; renovating old playgrounds; and maintaining existing grounds, which includes watering, weeding, and pruning fauna.
What participation level is required?
The cost of adopting a park or property varies from borough to borough and neighborhood to neighborhood. In many cases, a contribution as small as $2,500 by an individual or group, an organization, or a company is sufficient to adopt a park. Significant park projects, such as renovating a playground, require a much larger contribution.
All donations made to the Adopt–a–Park program, through the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, are 100% tax–deductible.
How will my contribution be recognized?
Adoptions are recognized with a signature Parks sign marking the designated area. Sponsors are also recognized in our Annual Report, fundraising materials, and our website.
To receive more information, contact the Marketing Division at (212) 360–1379.