City Parks Foundation

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City Parks Foundation is dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs — located in more than 350 parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City — reach 425,000 people each year.[1] Founded in 1989, it is one of the oldest and largest citywide park organizations in the country.

Programs offered by City Parks Foundation include free performing arts festivals such as SummerStage and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, which take place annually each summer in parks across all five boroughs of New York City. CityParks Play programs include free instruction for city youth with CityParks Tennis, CityParks Golf, CityParks Track & Field, and the first of its kind, CityParks Junior Golf Center located adjacent to the Dyker Beach Public Golf Course in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and CityParks Seniors Fitness.

CityParks Learn plays a central role in activating City Parks Foundation’s mission to create vibrant and healthy urban communities through dynamic outdoor programming for all New Yorkers. Free environmental education programs help students experience the fun of science, while learning about their relationship to the natural world and the ways in which they can protect our natural environment. Programs include Coastal Classroom, Green Girls, Learning Gardens, and Seeds to Trees.

In addition, City Parks Foundation partners with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to offer Partnerships for Parks, an organization that supports and champions neighborhood volunteers by giving them the tools they need to advocate and care for their neighborhood parks and green spaces.


  1. ^ "City Parks Foundation". 

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