Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Requests

A Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request is a request to obtain records/documents from New York State or local government agencies. Records that are determined to be responsive and disclosable are, to the extent possible, made available to you within twenty (20) business days after receipt of your request.  More time may be required if a request is complex or if the records sought are voluminous.

Finding Information

Before you request a record, we encourage you to take a look at our Open Data page. Much of our data is already publicly available, and you can browse some of our most popular data sets, or visit the NYC Open Data portal for a complete list of data sets managed by our agency.

Additionally, you can access public reports and other materials generated by various New York City agencies by visiting the NYC Publications Portal. You can also search publications that have been made available on the Portal.

Requesting Records

A request for records must be in writing, detailing the type, subject matter and date(s) of the records requested. Describe the records you are seeking as specifically as possible, including as much of the following as possible:

  • The title(s) of documents.
  • Dates.
  • File designations.
  • Any other information that will enable the Records Access Officer to identify the record(s) you are requesting.

Please include a daytime phone number, in case the Records Access Officer has any questions about your request.

Copying Fees

NYC Parks may charge fees for copying records as follows:

  • 25 cents per page, or
  • Actual cost of reproduction

Sending a Request

All Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests to the Department of Parks & Recreation should be submitted through NYC OpenRecords. Select "DPR" from the agency dropdown menu.

Department of Parks & Recreation Records Access Officer

Rupali Paranandi
Records Access Officer
The Arsenal, Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 313

Department of Parks & Recreation Records Appeals Officer

Alessandro G. Olivieri
Records Appeals Officer
The Arsenal, Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 313

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