FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO, NYC PARKS, AND COUNCIL SPEAKER COREY JOHNSON CELEBRATE $25 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR MORE THAN 340 PARKS STAFF
Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, the Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee Chair Peter Koo, and Finance Chair Daniel Dromm celebrated the allocation of $25 million in PlayFair funds for NYC Parks, which will be used to hire essential park staff for the benefit of New Yorkers in all five boroughs. In the Fiscal Year 2022 budget, the Council worked with the Administration and the PlayFair Coalition, led by New Yorkers For Parks, in allocating $25 million to the NYC Parks’ budget.
Throughout the pandemic, City parks were enjoyed like never before, and this allocation will make parks cleaner, safer, and more accessible year round. Specifically, the 2022 budget will support 150 maintenance workers and gardeners, 80 more Parks Enforcement Patrol officers, 50 Urban Park Rangers, 46 forestry staff, and 15 GreenThumb staff members.
"As we enjoy the Summer of New York City, we are reminded just how important green spaces are for the health and well-being of our residents," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "As part of a recovery for all of us, I'm thrilled to be able to partner with the City Council to invest additional resources to maintain our beautiful parks and make them safe and welcoming places for all New Yorkers to enjoy."
“Our city’s recovery is in full swing, and we are thankful to the Mayor and the City Council for this $25 million PlayFair allocation, facilitating the hiring of over 340 parks staff,” said Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver. “As we emerge from the pandemic, this funding gives us the resources we need to remain steadfast in our commitment to providing equitable access to quality parks and greenspaces for all New Yorkers -- this truly will be the Summer of NYC.”
"COVID-19 confirmed to us all just how essential our park system is to our mental and physical well-being. As we emerge from the pandemic, I am proud to support these urban oases so they can continue to be a place of healing and sanctuary for all New Yorkers. I thank my colleagues on the Council for making parks a priority in this year's budget, particularly Finance Committee Chair Daniel Dromm and Parks and Recreation Committee Chair Peter Koo. This Council looks forward to continuing working with Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Silver in making our parks greener and more fun for all New Yorkers," said Speaker Corey Johnson.
“Our local parks saw a record number of visitors over the past year as residents sought fresh air and respite during a historic pandemic. Parks became essential to New Yorkers, and parks employees served as frontline workers who were asked to do more with less. This $25 million allocation to NYC Parks is not only an investment in our city's critical infrastructure, but also a huge step towards our city’s recovery,” said Council Member Peter Koo, Chair of the Committee on Parks and Recreation. “I stand with the PlayFair Coalition and advocates in support of our parks and thank Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Johnson, and Chair Dromm for prioritizing our parks and green spaces in this year's budget."
“Parks are essential to keeping NYC healthy,” said Council Member Daniel Dromm, Chair of the Finance Committee. “They are special places where folks can recreate, play and just relax. NYC needs this now more than ever. I am proud to support the $25 million in Fair Play funds that we included in the FY 22 budget. It shows that having well maintained, beautiful and safe parks will help bring NYC back from the ravages of the pandemic.”
The $25 million in PlayFair funds will be put towards the administration’s goal of creating and maintaining safe, clean, and equitable greenspaces for every single New Yorker. Helping to advance this mission, this spring Parks hired an additional 2,500 workers as part of the City Cleanup Corps.
NYC Parks is currently recruiting and looking to fill its newly funded positions. To apply, please visit: nycgovparks.org/opportunities/jobs