Parks Without Borders: Community Input
In winter 2015-16, we asked park goers to help us choose the parks that would benefit most from the Parks Without Borders approach to design. New Yorkers across the city commented on parks in every borough, sharing insights on their local parks. From these results, we selected eight parks that will best showcase this innovative design initiative.
Where New Yorkers Want to See Parks Without Borders
We received 6,176 suggestions relating to 692 parks, including parks in each of the city's 59 community districts. This table shows, for each borough, the number of total votes, and the top five parks nominated by users. The parks displayed in bold were chosen as the winning projects.
|Van Cortlandt Park||286||Prospect Park||968||Seward Park||661||Flushing Meadows Corona Park||51||Faber Pool and Park||9|
|Hugh J. Grant Circle & Virginia Park||49||Fort Greene Park||194||Jackie Robinson Park||63||Forest Park||53||Great Kills Park||70|
|Ferry Point Park||44||Owl’s Head Park||130||Madison Square Park & Worth Square||240||Macneil Park||44||Seaside Wildlife Nature Park||11|
|Pugsley Creek Park||36||Cuyler Gore Park||42||Marcus Garvey Park||154||Yellowstone Park||40||Silver Lake Park||10|
|Soundview Park||36||Shore Park and Parkway||38||Thomas Jefferson Park||59||Kissena Park||38||FDR Beach and Boardwalk||9|
|Total Votes||896||Total Votes||2016||Total Votes||2295||Total Votes||697||Total Votes||264|
We selected the eight winning projects based on three criteria: those that had the strongest community support, those that would expand park access, and those that had the right physical conditions and context to benefit most from this innovative design approach.
While chosen projects were strongly influenced by the number of votes received by a particular park, we also evaluated the park's context and conditions to determine which projects would be most successful. We intend to use all your feedback to help shape future improvements at all these sites.
What did New Yorkers Want to See?
People asked for a lot of different things at different parks based on their knowledge of all these unique sites. Here's how often each of the following categories of park improvement were selected.
|Percent of Comments|
|Lower or remove fence||15%|
|Lower or remove gate||15%|