NYC PARKS: THE FACTS. Sources: nycgovparks.org , centralparknyc.org , plaNYC. Who Runs NYC’s Parks?. THE PARKS IN NYC ARE HEADED BY THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION THE PARKS COMMISSIONER IS APPOINTED BY THE MAYOR THE CURRENT COMMISSIONER IS VERONICA M. WHITE.
Sources: nycgovparks.org, centralparknyc.org, plaNYC
The Parks Department controls more than 29,000 acres of land—About 14% of NYC. This land includes more than 5,000 individual properties, including:
Parks Department’s land—About 14% of NYC. This land includes more than 5,000 individual properties, including: annual operating budget: $337 million
The Department Employs approximately 3,500 full-time employees and approximately 2,500 seasonal and transitional employees.
NYC also relies on volunteers to service and maintain parks and playgrounds.
Parks provides free public programs and services in coordination with New York City’s local elected officials, community members, and non-profit partners
Since 2007, NYC has accelerated the rate of public space renewal, making this the “3rd great era of park building” (the first 2 were in the late 1800’s with the building of large urban parks and in the 1930’s under Robert Moses).
The goal laid out in PlaNYC is for every New Yorker to live within a ten-minute walk from a park, and to ensure the quality of parks and public spaces.
These goals are set to be met by the year 2030.