Our gardens are community hubs. Each growing season, our gardeners hold hundreds of events and you can too! There is no cost to use the space, for community members and non-commercial entities, but gardens must remain open and accessible to the public at all times.
There are two ways to organize an event in one of our gardens:
Through the Community Garden Activation Grant Program, NYRP, community gardeners, neighbors and partners work together to bring programming into the gardens. Through the Grant Program, the community can:
Thanks to the community gardeners in our network, many NYRP gardens can host community events like children’s birthday’s, baby showers, gatherings, and community meetings. NYRP community gardens are opened every day across the city thanks to the hard work of community members, these same community members share their time to open and close the gardens for community events.
The gardening season and garden reservation coordination occurs from April through October. NYRP staff coordinate with garden members to open and close available gardens. This form is only to reserve space in an NYRP community garden that is ideal to host an event. To reserve space located in one of the public parks we maintain in Northern Manhattan (including the Riley-Levin Children’s Garden, Swindler Cove in Sherman Creek Park and others) you will need to obtain a permit from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Lastly, please note that our Jane Bailey Community Garden can only support community reservations for the last two weekends of the month.
Complete the NYRP event form, at least three weeks before your event. Submission of the form does not equal event confirmation; a member of the Engagement team or garden group member will contact you to finalize event information and to confirm availability. Gardens can host events from late April through October.
If you have any questions, you can contact Engagement and Programming at 212-333-2552 or email [email protected].