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About Donating to NYC Parks

Online Fundraising

Your gift will go directly to support parks projects and will complement and further develop NYC Parks' Adopt-a-Park Program, which was created in response to a growing interest in providing financial support for parks and public spaces. 

When you give online to NYC Parks, 100 percent of your donations will directly support parks projects. There are no overhead or administrative costs.


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. The program was created by the New York City Council in 2003 as a means of enabling private sector funds to be earmarked for specific parks projects.

Through the Adopt-A-Park program, interested parties are able to support a wide range of projects. Projects can be as large as converting a paved, unused traffic island into a green space filled with trees and flowers; renovating old playgrounds; or resurfacing a basketball court. Smaller donations will go towards improvement projects identified by the Parks Commissioner in each borough.

Donations at $10,000 and above are acknowledged with a standard sign produced by the Parks Department that recongnizes your generous donation. All donations made to the Adopt-A-Park program, through the City Parks Foundation, are 100 percent tax-deductible.

To learn more about the Adopt-A-Park program, please call (212) 360-8144 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, or email

Other Donations to NYC Parks

You may also adopt a bench or adopt a tree through NYC Parks. For more information, please visit our Make a Donation In Honor of Someone Special page. You may also choose to give through your corporation, or donate your time by volunteering in our parks.

Tax Deduction

For online donations: City Parks Foundation is a not-for-profit partner of NYC Parks and the fiscal sponsor for online donations. The City Parks Foundation is a a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code, so your contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. City Parks Foundation will be named as the donation recipient on your statement. 

For donations of $5,000 or greater: The Department of Parks & Recreation is an agency of the City of New York. Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code states that donations to states and political subdivisions of states (such as the City of New York) are tax deductible.


NYC Parks is required to disclose certain information regarding donations to the City of New York Conflicts of Interest Board every six months.

Under no circumstances will donors receive special access to City officials or preferential treatment as a result of the donation.

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