March 15, 2018   |   By The New York Community Trust
Parks, Paths, and Playgrounds, Where New Yorkers Can Thrive

Green space is a place to play and re-energize; it’s also for arts and culture, markets, and community events. Thanks to our donors who created funds to support open space, we’ve made some growing investments in our parks, paths, and playgrounds.

WATERFRONT RESILIENCE: Every day, tens of thousands of people enjoy the 26-mile Brooklyn Greenway along the shore from Coney Island to Greenpoint. Smart planning and native plants help filter runoff and prevent flooding.





OUTDOOR ART: Since our early planning grant 14 years ago, the High Line changed from abondoned railway line to haven for art and recreation. Visitors delight at this Ryan Gander “Kissing Fountain,” commissioned by the High Line. Photo by Timothy Schenck





A PARK REBORN: St. Mary’s Park in the South Bronx was underused and plagued with crime. With Trust support, BronxWorks planned activities to make the 35-acre park feel safe—and bring people back. Our grants helped persuade the City to commit $30 million for improvements, including new sports fields and playgrounds.



SPACE TO PLAY: Once-dilapidated Governors Island now welcomes thousands of New Yorkers with bikes to rent, hills to climb, and playgrounds to conquer. Trust grants have helped design park land, develop a public art program, and recruit volunteers for planting projects. Photo by Ari Mintz

ALSO: The Trust is helping make the Sheridan Expressway into a pedestrian-friendly boulevard in the South Bronx… In Manhattan, we made sure residents had a voice in reshaping the East River Esplanade… In Queens, we’re helping plan a transformation of an abandoned rail line into the QueensWay, a 3.5-mile path connecting isolated neighborhoods.

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