About People Make Parks

What is People Make Parks?

People Make Parks (PMP) is a joint project of Hester Street Collaborative (HSC) and Partnerships for Parks (PFP) to help communities participate in the design of their parks. When citizens engage with government and weigh in on park design, government builds better parks, and the public continues to enjoy and care for places they helped make.

PMP supports collaboration in park design between invested communities and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks), encouraging a diversity of participants to lead in the creation of meaningful places.

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The PMP web site provides information about the ways people can get involved in park design and construction, officially called "capital projects."

Choose which opportunities for involvement make sense for you. Whether you advocate for funding, see a project through design and construction, or simply attend a scope meeting, groundbreaking, or ribbon-cutting, your involvement makes the park better.

Who Makes PMP Possible?

PMP was conceived and developed by:
Hilary Angelo, Former Technical Assistance Director - PFP
Anne Frederick, Executive Director - HSC
Wylie Goodman, Former Technical Assistance Coordinator - PFP
Dylan House, Community Design Director - HSC
Kate Louis, Former Technical Assistance Coordinator - PFP
Jordan Pender, Technical Assistance Director - PFP
Jason Schwartz, Former Director - PFP

PMP is managed by:
The People Make Parks Program at Partnerships for Parks

PMP has been informed by the invaluable contributions of an Advisory Committee:
Joan Byron - The Pratt Center for Community Development
Jerome Chou – Design Trust for Public Space
Nette Compton – NYC Parks
Miquela Craytor – Sustainable South Bronx
Brian Crowley – Friends of Gulick Park
Anna Dioguardi – Queens Community House
Emily Gallagher – Neighbors Allied for Good Growth
Christine Gaspar – The Center for Urban Pedagogy
Peter Gee – Asian Americans for Equality
Morgan Hare – Leroy Street Studio
Helen Ho – IOBY
Troy Lancaster – Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary
Martin Maher – NYC Parks
Charles McKinney – NYC Parks
Karen Overton – PFP
Scott Pobiner – Parsons The New School for Design
Prerana Reddy – Queens Museum of Art
Sideya Sherman – Municipal Art Society
Philip Silva – TreeKIT
Eduardo Staszowski - Parsons The New School for Design
Mark Turkel – Leroy Street Studio
Shawn Watts – Leroy Street Studio

Here's how to start:

Learn the who, what, and why of the capital process.

Discover eight ways communities can participate in park design.

Explore fun activities that let groups learn what neighbors want in a new park.

Read about how other communities have successfully used People Make Parks tools.

To learn more about getting involved in park design in your New York City neighborhood, schedule a consultation with the People Make Parks Program at Partnerships for Parks.

Download a copy of the brochure, Roadmap to the Capital Project: A How-To Guide for Participating in Park Design (PDF, 258KB).

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which is funded through Community Development Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Avi Schick, Chairman of the Board, LMDC
David Emil, President, LMDC

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.