Uni at NYC Parks
New York City has one of the largest urban parks systems in the US. Parks take up nearly 14% of the city’s land, providing critical open space for residents. New urban parks initiatives around the country are raising awareness about the potential for parks to do even more, bringing people together and bridging divides. Through our work in parks, the Uni Project aims to be a part of that movement here in NYC.
Since 2015, the Uni Project has partnered with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) to bring its unique portable learning environments to parks designated for investment as a part of the city’s Community Parks Initiative (CPI). Through CPI, the city is working with communities to create thriving public spaces through capital improvements, enhanced public programming, and capacity-building work with local groups to care for and better use parks in low-income, dense, and growing neighborhoods that have not seen significant capital investment in a generation.
In 2016, we expanded our work in parks dramatically, offering 58 days of programming in 17 NYC parks, 12 of which were designated as CPI parks. These included: Astoria Heights Playground, Astoria Park, and Sean’s Place in Queens; Betsy Head Park and Herbert Von King Park in Brooklyn; Fort Washington Park, Marcus Garvey Park, Playground 103, and Sara D Roosevelt Park in Manhattan; and Concrete Plant Park, Hunts Point Playground, and St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx.
In 2017, we’ve prioritized parks deployments in summer when kids are out of school, and our emphasis will again be on low-income neighborhoods in the city’s Community Parks Initiative where the risk of “summer slide” is also greatest. For starters, look for us at Howard Bennett Playground, Colonel Young Playground, Drew Playground, Gouverneur Playground, Park of the Americas, Corona Golf Playground. See our calendar to learn more.