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Show Your Park Some Love, New York!

Help keep our parks litter-free by putting trash in a bag or carrying it out with you!

Two young men wearing face coverings holding up trash bags in a city park to demonstrate that they are volunteering.

In these difficult times, New York City’s parks are being used more than ever before. They’re our gathering spaces, our gyms and playgrounds, and our places to relax and reconnect with nature safely. Unfortunately, more park users can mean more litter, and we're counting on you to help pitch in and remind everyone to show your park some love! 

Help keep our parks clean, safe, and beautiful for all to enjoy by putting trash in a can or bag or taking it with you.

How You Can Help

If you're looking to pitch in and give back, but don't know how to get started, we're here to help! Here are some quick ways that you and your friends can join in the park clean-up effort.

Become a Litter Ambassador!

NYC Parks is looking for Litter Ambassadors – caring New Yorkers who distribute garbage bags to neighbors at their local park and guide them in properly disposing of their trash. Litter Ambassadors volunteer a couple of hours throughout the summer. Your invaluable help will make parks cleaner, safer and greener for our families, pets, friends and neighbors.  

Sign up to become a Litter Ambassador.

Volunteer on a Clean-Up Project

NYC Parks and Partnerships for Parks together host hundreds of volunteer clean-up projects in local parks every year. You can reach out to one of our partners, or find an upcoming event in your neighborhood! Meet your neighbors and help pitch in!

Look for a project in your area.

Join a Monday Morning Pitch-In

We're looking for volunteers to join Monday morning clean-up projects to help pick up trash after a busy summer weekend. Help pitch in to make our parks safer and cleaner for for our families, pets, friends, and neighbors.

Find an upcoming Pitch-In.

Join the Jr. Litter League

This spring, your youth service team can show they have what it takes to keep our city clean! Teams of up to 15 youths and three adult leaders will compete to care for local parks and win fun prizes, all while learning about the environment!

Register your team for the Jr. Litter League.

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