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 many 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 underway.

Sawmill Playground, Bronx, NY
Construction is underway.

Lyons Square Playground, Bronx, NY
Construction is underway.

Longfellow Garden, Bronx, NY
Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2017.

Little Claremont Park, Bronx, NY
Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2017.

Astoria Health Playground, Bronx, NY
Construction is slated for spring 2018.

Black Rock Playground, Bronx, NY
Construction is slated for spring 2018.

Walton Park, Bronx, NY
Construction is slated for spring 2018.

Playground 134, Bronx, NY
Construction is slated for late 2018.

Playground 174, Bronx, NY
Construction is slated for late 2018.

Audubon Playground, Manhattan, NY
Construction is slated for late 2018.

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    Martin Luther King, Jr. Playground, Manhattan

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    Little Claremont Park, Bronx

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    Lyons Square Playground, Bronx