Play Fair for Parks!

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Play Fair for Parks in the FY20 Budget!

Dear [Decision Maker],

Great parks make for a great city. Parks are the soul of our city and are critical to our health, resiliency, environment and quality of life. They are critical city infrastructure.

For many New Yorkers, parks and gardens are our back and front yards, summer vacations, gyms, and respite places in this incredibly dense city. Parks also provide vital places for New Yorkers of all ages to connect with nature.

Parks comprise a whopping 14% of City land but last year NYC Parks received a meager 0.59% of the total City budget. (In the FY19 City Expense Budget, NYC Parks received $534M out of a total $89B.)

This budgeting disparity has existed for well over a decade, making it incredibly challenging for NYC Parks to staff, maintain, and secure our parks.

Within existing budget resources, NYC Parks has made strides in creating and rebuilding parks. But now is the time to make the long-overdue investment in the people that care for these beloved places. Now is the time to invest in NYC Parks!

Increasing NYC Parks' budget by only $100M, or an additional 0.10% of the proposed City budget, would accomplish so much and impact the lives of millions of New Yorkers.

I support the Play Fair Coalition in asking for the following additions to the FY20 City budget:

Investing in Park Staffing and Maintenance Infrastructure:

- $10M means that once and for all, 100 City Park Workers and 50 Gardeners will have secure, stable green jobs.

- $4M provides an investment in natural forest care to help protect NYC from climate change.

- $65M would provide funding for more parks of all sizes to have full-time, dedicated staff to help keep things clean and green.

- About $8M would fund improvements for every GreenThumb community garden in the City.

Investments in Programming:

- $4M would fund more seasonal after-school programs and other programming for children and families.

- $9M means that natural areas and parks are better preserved, protected, and made safer.




We understand that in these uncertain times, it might be challenging to find the will to address parks and gardens in the city budget. But we believe that our open spaces provide critical city infrastructure, boosting health outcomes, cleaning our air and water, providing spaces for community gathering, civic education, urban agriculture, and helping our densely built metropolis feel like a livable city. For too long, parks and gardens have been neglected in the City budget, and we believe now is the time to PLAY FAIR FOR PARKS!

Sincerely,
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