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Your Parks & Playgrounds

New Yorkers for Parks’ Research Department produces publications and reports year round to ensure that park users and advocates, as well as elected officials, have access to the most up-to-date and accurate information about New York City’s parks and playgrounds and the policy and budgetary decisions that impact them. 

You can find out more about our research projects, including:

The Report Card on Parks – The only independent survey of New York City’s neighborhood parks.

The City Council District Profiles – One-stop shopping for information on parks, health, crime, income, budget and demographic information in each of the 51 City Council Districts.

The Park Profiles – An in-depth analysis of each park surveyed in the Report Card on Parks. Each profile provides a detailed analysis of the park’s Report Card grade and community-level statistics. 

How Smart Park Investment Pays Its Way - A joint study by Ernst & Young and NY4P linking well-maintained parks to the real estate value of surrounding properties. Click here to view of pdf copy of the executive summary

The eTown Panel Reports – An ongoing partnership with Baruch School of Public Affairs’ eTown Panel and NY4P.  Each summer, eTown and NY4P survey New Yorkers on parks and playgrounds and how they impact our communities and city and compare their perceptions with other parts of the country.

Best Park Practices
NY4P’s (Best Parks Practices) series researches innovative park programs throughout the country and highlights them through a series of short articles. The articles examine a range of inventive maintenance and funding strategies, innovative planning practices, community-based initiatives and successful design programs.

Citywide Borough Statistics
Well-maintained parks, recreation and natural areas make New York City safer, healthier and more attractive to residents and visitors by helping to:

  • Enhance physical health and social development
  • Stimulate economic vitality
  • Beautify communities
  • Improve the safety of neighborhoods and decrease criminal activity
  • Support the city's ecosystem

New York is home to a wide variety of parks and recreation facilities. To learn more about parks in New York City and in your borough, download NY4P’s citywide and borough parks summary sheets.

Use these publications to advocate for your parks and playgrounds!  Please email questions about any of these projects to , Research Director. 



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