Our mission is to create an equitable, accessible, and vibrant parks system in North Brooklyn.
North Brooklyn Parks Alliance (NBK Parks) was formed in 2003 to raise private funds to expand and improve open space in North Brooklyn. NBK Parks is modeled after other successful conservancies, working with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, elected officials, and the community to maintain, activate, enhance, and expand local parks.
Unlike traditional park conservancies, however, NBK Parks is committed to improving ALL the parks in Community District 1 rather than focusing on a single park. In doing so, less advantaged areas of our community can be improved by leveraging resources from more affluent parts of the district.
Board members are required to contribute financially and provide service on Board Committees. Annual Board member contributions make full-time staffing possible and demonstrate to traditional funding sources that NBK Parks has a dependable cash flow, and local support. NBK Parks Board includes our local elected officials in an advisory capacity.
By raising funds and joining our parks advocates, community groups, Community Board 1, elected officials, and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, together we create the green space our neighborhood needs.
Years in Operation17%
Number of Volunteers400%
Katie Denny Horowitz
Katie Denny Horowitz became Executive Director in May 2019, bringing nearly two decades of public and nonprofit experience to the role. She arrives at NBK Parks after six years of leading the fundraising, communications, and government relations at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens, and had previously served as the Director of Development for New Yorkers for Parks and the Director of Special Projects at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. A longtime Greenpoint resident, Katie has held past volunteer positions with NBK Parks, when it was Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA), and chaired its Community Committee. Katie was also a board member of Greenpoint Waterfront Alliance for Parks and Planning (GWAPP), co-founder of the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition, and a Community Advisory Member of the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF).
Lynn del Sol
Communication & Development Manager
OUR CORE VALUES
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We believe in the following:
- safe and well maintained parks
- parks that balance opportunities for active and passive recreation and leisure
- stewardship of all greenery, which is essential to the health and beauty of North Brooklyn
- balanced distribution of resources throughout Community Board 1
- organizational transparency, sustainability, and efficiency
- community engagement, which is integral to park improvements in North Brooklyn
- hosting forums in which park users can share information and advocate for their parks
- volunteering and partnering with local groups, which is important to the health of parks in our community
- additional park space must be created at any opportunity