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Nyrp in New York City Parks

New York Restoration Project (NYRP) has played a major role in restoring Northern Manhattan’s Fort Washington Park and Fort Tryon Park, both located in Northern Manhattan and the first of NYRP Founder Bette Midler’s efforts to return these valuable public spaces to their greatest green glory. NYRP is also responsible for conceiving, developing, executing and administrating the vibrant and versatile Swindler Cove Park – a former illegal dumping site transformed by NYRP into a gorgeous green space and center of the organization’s environmental education programming designed to engage schoolchildren and local residents in urban nature and outdoor activities.

Today, NYRP is helping to lead the revitalization and maintenance of Highbridge Park, the last and largest of the New York City Parks Department’s Manhattan-based parks to undergo major restoration. Furthermore, NYRP provides New York City residents with a wide array of annual festivals and weekly events in these and other city parks that celebrate our unique urban landscape, support expanding sustainability efforts and promote community involvement and pride.

New York City has the largest urban park system in the United States, yet the city has fewer acres of green space and recreational centers per person than any other major metropolitan region. To further exacerbate this situation, funding and resources have been historically inadequate to fully maintain and develop the majority of city parklands, particularly in low-income areas – often leading to devastating effects caused by illegal dumping, litter, vandalism and decay. Without effecting real change through long-term investment in these natural resources, their surrounding communities are highly susceptible to social and economic difficulties.

Since 1995, NYRP has stepped in to help fill that void and change once-indifferent community mindsets regarding their immediate ecological environments. From the start, and for almost 15 years, NYRP Founder Bette Midler has proved to be a force of nature in restoring some of the city’s most vital green spaces – working hands-on and inspiring countless others to remove what currently totals more than two thousand tons of garbage and debris from city parks and helping to preserve, protect and promote these very-nearly lost treasures in our public, urban landscape.

NYRP continues its groundbreaking work in several of New York City’s most historic and magnificent, yet under-resourced, parks in northern Manhattan – working hand-in-hand with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to reclaim, restore and revitalize more than 400 acres of the city’s most-needed public green spaces and their adjacent communities.