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PlaNYC at Parks

On Earth Day of 2007, Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled PlaNYC, an ambitious and practical plan to make New York America´s first sustainable city. As part of his plan, he has pledged to create more open spaces, ensuring that all New Yorkers live within a 10 minute walk of a park.

Despite the addition of more than 300 acres of new parkland in the last five years, New York City has less open space per person than almost any other major city in America. With the vision and resources provided by PlaNYC, the Department of Parks and Recreation will launch the most ambitious parks program in half a century, creating new open spaces and expanding the city´s urban forest.

Making existing sites available to more New Yorkers

Schoolyards to Playgrounds: open schoolyards across the city as public playgrounds.
Regional Parks: complete underdeveloped destination parks.

Expanding usable hours at existing sites

Asphalt to Turf: provide more multi purpose fields.
Field Lights: install lights to maximize time on our existing turf fields.

Greening the Cityscape

Greenstreets: plant new roadside gardens.
MillionTreesNYC: plant and protect one million new trees over ten years.
Reforestation: plant nearly 2,000 acres of parkland.


On Earth Day 2010 Mayor Bloomberg celebrated the third anniversary of PlaNYC and released the 2010 Progress Report. The Open Space chapter outlines many of the Parks Departmentís achievements since PlaNYC launched in 2007. In accordance with Local Law 17 of 2008, PlaNYC must be updated every four years. Parks will be working closely with the Mayorís Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability on the update, due Earth Day 2011.

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