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NYC Community Parks Initiative

Project Location

New York City

Project categories

Parks and Infrastructure


Launched in 2014 by New York City Mayor de Blasio, the Community Parks Initiative (CPI) invests resources into historically underserved parks in high-need neighborhoods across the city. Through this initiative, over 60 New York City parks will be redesigned to promote sports, fitness, and the arts within the five boroughs.  

Since the project’s inception, DLANDstudio has worked on seven CPI projects, transforming neglected asphalt rectangles into vibrant, active, and playful community spaces. For each project, DLANDstudio hosts multiple community charrettes to gather input and identify the key program elements that become central to the design vision.
Existing Park Sites
Community Engagement Process 

The final designs reimagine each park, taking into consideration community needs and aspirations as well as ADA accessibility requirements and innovative green infrastructure strategies to create vibrant and sustainable community resources. The parks include new play equipment, spray showers, adult fitness options, and sports courts. The integrations of turf fields and multi-use spaces allow for flexible programming such as fitness classes, informal performances, tai chi, and community gatherings. New trees and lush plantings provide shade and welcoming sitting areas for visitors of all ages.

Recently Completed CPI Projects
McDonald Playground
Staten Island, NY
Arrochar Playground
Staten Island, NY
Lt. Joseph Petrosino Playground
Brooklyn, NY
DLANDstudio is currently working on the reconstruction of four additional community parks and playgrounds in Manhattan, Staten Island, and Queens.

Stapleton Playground
Staten Island, NY

St. Gregory’s Playground
New York, NY

Greencroft Playground
Staten Island, NY

Glen Oaks Tenney Park
Queens, NY

44 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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