Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray, and Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver look at signs that read "James Baldwin Lawn" and "Langston Hughes Playground."

NYC Parks Renaming Project

Help us take another visible step in the fight to end systemic racism in our city! Through March 15, 2021 we asked park goers to submit their suggestions to rename a park or park space for a prominent Black historical figure or someone who has impacted New York City or your neighborhood. 

Why We're Doing This

Renaming parks in honor of Black leaders is a step towards meaningful change, and demonstrates NYC Parks' solidarity with the Black community. In 2020, we created the Juneteenth Grove in Cadman Plaza Park, and planted 19 trees and painted 19 benches in the colors of the Pan-African flag. Later that year, on Black Solidarity Day 2020, we renamed ten existing park spaces in honor of the Black experience in New York City. Doing so makes the park system more reflective of the people it serves, and encourages new conversations about these worthy figures.

Making a Suggestion

The selected names will be announced on June 19, 2021.

When you make a suggestion, please suggest the name of an individual or group and a clear and detailed description as to why you think that person or group should be considered for this honor, and the community they represented. People can range from historical figures and world leaders with a New York City connection to local heroes who made an impact on a community. Please follow the general guidelines listed below when suggesting an individual for consideration:

  1. They are of Black/African American heritage.
  2. They have been deceased for more than three years.
  3. They ideally are New York City residents or natives of particular importance to NYC and/or community surrounding the park.
  4. They ideally were particularly instrumental to the design, development or programming of the park or park feature.
  5. Their contributions are readily found or accessible through public searching.

Other Renaming Efforts

Every year, parks across the city are renamed for local figures supported by the community. If you have a naming suggestion in mind that does not meet the criteria for this particular project, you can still gather community support and reach out to us. You can send your suggestions to your local elected official or community board representative, or send letters of support from the community to Future projects will allow us to serve more communities with opportunities for renaming parks after other BIPOC and LGBT+ figures.

Submit Your Suggestion

Submissions for this initiative are now closed.

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