Volunteer Opportunities and Partner Organizations
Northern Manhattan Parks has an abundance of organizations that work alongside us to restore and revitalize our 600 acres.
If you would like to receive general calls for volunteers and join a group work day, subscribe to the Northern Manhattan Parks Email Newsletter.
Many of our “Friends Of” and partner organizations also provide park-specific opportunities for local volunteers to become involved at some of the 30 sites that comprise Northern Manhattan Parks.
Fort Tryon Park
Friends Committee of the Fort Tryon Trust
This Committee of the non-profit Fort Tryon Park Trust aims to involve the entire community surrounding the park in maintaining and improving its appearance and condition, and promoting its constructive use by the public. Volunteer days are usually the third Sunday of the month, March through October.
Fort Tryon Dog Owners Group
A volunteer group committed to the care of Sir William’s Dog Run and its community.
Fort Washington Park
Rocky Run Group
The group cares for the dog run on Riverside Drive and W. 165th Street and seeks leaders to expand the gardening area outside of the run.
Contact: Bailea Rehberg, (718) 706-1147.
Centro Deportivo Francisco Alfonso, Inc.
The brainchild of Bronx resident Francisco Alfonso, the organization runs a baseball team for youth that is based at Highbridge Park and maintains one of its ball fields.
Contact: Francisco Alfonso at (917) 497-5762.
Friends of Highbridge Park
The 10-year-old group has planted native vegetation to restore and beautify the landscape around the High Bridge Water Tower.
Highbridge Canine Club
The club has created and maintained a clean and well-lit dog run in the north end of Highbridge Park, helping to reduce and discourage criminal and illegal activity.
Contact: George Cruz at email@example.com
High Bridge Coalition
The High Bridge Coalition is working towards several goals:
- re-establishing The High Bridge as a popular destination, a unique inter-borough crossing, and the Manhattan-Bronx link in the Old Croton Aqueduct Greenway
- continuing to tell the story of the bridge’s historic and cultural significance
- improving the Bronx and Manhattan parks that serve as neighborhood gateways to the bridge
- increasing public waterfront access to the Harlem River
The Coalition aims to accomplish these goals by working with partners who reflect the diversity of the Bronx and Manhattan communities near the bridge, the city, and the region. The Coalition was instrumental in advocating for the funding to restore and reopen the historic High Bridge.
Contact: Ellen Macnow at Ellen.Macnow@parks.nyc.gov
Friends of Sherman Creek
The community-based organization is dedicated to the conservation of the Sherman Creek/Harlem River salt marsh wetlands and provides Environmental Education After School Programs to local teenagers.
Contact: Obed Fulcar at firstname.lastname@example.org
New York City Mountain Bike Association
Members maintain the biking trails in the northern section of Highbridge Park and organize races throughout the year. Open volunteer days are on the last Saturday of the month at the BMX Park in Highbridge.
Contact: Dawson Smith and Jamie Bogner at email@example.com
City Life is Moving Bodies
A program of the Center for Youth Violence Prevention at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the group organizes the annual “Hike the Heights” event in June to raise awareness of neighborhood issues while promoting community involvement in local parks. They also sponsor various volunteer clean ups and programs.
Contact: Amy Figueroa (212) 305-4734
Inwood Hill Park
An online group of dog owners whose primary focus is maintaining and improving the off-leash dog park known as Homer’s Run.
Contact: Deb Snyder, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes We Can Inwood
Started in December 2008 by two Inwood families, the group organizes monthly, friendly-family community service projects in Inwood Hill Park and its environs.
Contact: Margaret Peeler and Tricia Capistrano at email@example.com
Isham Park Restoration Program 1970, Inc.
The group works to instill a sense of responsibility to Isham Park in children, teenagers and adults and maintains Bruce Reynolds Memorial Garden.
Contact: J.A. Reynolds at (212) 942-2563 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers for Isham Park
A group devoted to maintaining the park’s serene and harmonious space and raising awareness of its history and intended cultural role through clean-ups, fundraising and education.
Contact: Pat Courtney at email@example.com
J. Hood Wright Park
J. Hood Wright Canine Club
The group helps coordinate ongoing maintenance, fund raising and community events.
Contact: Anthony Speranza at (917) 301-0348 or Tony2112Sparks@gmail.com
Friends of J. Hood Wright Park
The Friends is composed of neighborhood moms and dads “who want more than anything to keep the park great.”
Friends of J. Hood Wright Park - Gardening
Diana Douglas, who has volunteered at the park for 21 years, and the Friends work to create and maintain the gardens within J. Hood Wright Park alongside New York City Parks & Recreation gardeners.Contact: Diana Douglas at (917) 656-9721 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Outdoor Opportunities
MillionTreesNYC, one of the 127 PlaNYC initiatives, is a citywide, public-private program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City’s five boroughs over the next decade. By planting one million trees, New York City can increase its urban forest?our most valuable environmental asset made up of street trees, park trees, and trees on public, private and commercial land?by an astounding 20%, while achieving the many quality-of-life benefits that come with planting trees.
The City of New York will plant 60% of trees in parks and other public spaces. The other 40% will come from private organizations, homeowners, and community organizations.
Riverside Inwood Neighborhood Garden (RING)
RING uses hands-on experience to educate neighborhood adults and children in the arts and science of horticulture, aquaculture, butterfly habitat and composting at the community garden at Broadway and Dyckman Street.
Contact: Maggie Clarke at (212) 567-8272.
Riverside Oval Association
The Association improves the environment and the lives of the residents around the Riverside Oval, a small park that sits in the middle of Riverside Drive between W. 156th and W 157th Streets, through gardening and history-oriented activities.
Contact: Vivian Ducat at email@example.com or at (917) 301-1120.
Rose Court Tenants Association
The tenants take care of the street tree beds in Inwood along Academy Street from Broadway to Sherman Avenue and along Broadway from W. 204th to Dyckman Streets. They fundraise for and build tree guards and beautify the tree beds with a variety of flowers.
Contact: Luz Bermudez at (917) 373-5701.
Washington Heights Gardening Crew
The group has recruited and involved local children and adults in a variety of gardening activities on the David Freidland/Juan Pablo Duarte Square on Broadway and the tree pits on St. Nicholas Avenue and on Broadway from W. 169th to W. 171st Streets.
Contact: Dana Hockenbury at firstname.lastname@example.org
West 181st Street Beautification Project, Inc.
Devoted to maintaining the garden stairs on W. 181st Street and Pinehurst Avenue, Plaza Lafayette and the George Washington Bridge Playground, the group has regular volunteer meetings at the garden stairs on Sunday from 9 ? 11 a.m., weather permitting.
Contact: Jeanlee Poggi at (212) 543-9017.
Inwood Green Team
The team educates and engages neighbors and youth in the stewardship of new street trees on commercial and residential streets east of Broadway and is sponsoring a tree-care workshop on May 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at W. 207th Street and Vermilyea Avenue. Volunteers are needed to build eight more tree guards on Post Ave. to help create a logo, t-shirt and Website.Contact: (English) email@example.com or (Spanish) Arlene Peguero at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, a charming 18th century farmhouse set in a lush 1/2 acre garden, offers a range of opportunities for volunteers - including gardening, events, promotions, research and docent projects, depending on the volunteers interests and talents.
Contact: email@example.com or (212) 304-9422
Weeding, planting or general garden care volunteer opportunities are available in the Colonial Sunken Garden.
Contact: Carol Ward, (212) 923-8008.