NYC Community Parks Initiative

NYC Public Design Commission Excellence in Design Award

The NYC Community Parks Initiative is a mayoral program to invest in parks in densely populated, low income communities. At its launch in 2014, the initiative targeted 35 parks with $130 million budgeted for construction, and the funding doubled the following year with plans to remake more than 60 parks throughout the five boroughs.

Quennell Rothschild and Partners is working on 12 of these parks, creating imaginative designs that respond to the needs of each community, developed after public outreach sessions to gather input from local residents.  The designs provide complete reconstruction of each park, with improved access, generous new paths, and entrances that better connect the parks to their neighborhood.

The parks include new play equipment, water play areas, and sitting areas for all age groups. Some sites include sports courts and new synthetic turf fields while others feature adult fitness equipment and community gardens.

Many new trees will be planted and green infrastructure measures, including generous areas of native plantings, will infiltrate stormwater on site, in some cases even diverting street drainage into the park area.  The work will transform sites that are currently asphalt fields into vibrant parks that will provide real benefits to the community.

QRP is currently working on the reconstruction of eleven CPI parks and playgrounds in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens.

Martin Luther King Playground, New York, NY
Construction is complete.

Sawmill Playground, Bronx, NY
Construction is complete.

Lyons Square Playground, Bronx, NY
Construction is complete.

Longfellow Garden, Bronx, NY
Construction is complete.

Little Claremont Park, Bronx, NY
Construction is complete.

Astoria Health Playground, Bronx, NY
Construction is complete.

Black Rock Playground, Bronx, NY
Construction is complete.

Walton Park, Bronx, NY
Construction is complete.

Playground 134, Bronx, NY
Currently in construction, completion is scheduled for Spring 2021.

Playground 174, Bronx, NY
Currently in construction, completion is scheduled for Summer 2020.

Audubon Playground, Manhattan, NY
Currently in construction, completion is scheduled for Spring 2020.

Bartlett Playground, Brooklyn, NY
Construction is slated for 2020.

 

  • Astoria Health Playground, Bronx, NY

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    Martin Luther King Playground, New York, NY

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    Little Claremont Park, Bronx

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    Lyons Square Playground, Bronx

  • Playground 174

    Playground 174, Bronx