Our Mission

Our mission is to create an equitable, accessible, and vibrant park & open space system in North Brooklyn.

The North Brooklyn Parks Alliance (NBK Parks) was formed in 2003 as the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA) to raise private funds to expand and improve open space in North Brooklyn. NBPA 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.

Throughout its history, NBK Parks has been focused on capital projects and the maintenance of parks, while also acting as a grassroots community-building and advocacy organization. Unlike traditional park conservancies, 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.

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.

What are our core values?

SAFETY

Safe and well maintained parks

EQUITY

A balanced distribution of resources throughout Community Board 1

STEWARDSHIP

Stewardship of all greenery, which is essential to the health and beauty of North Brooklyn

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Community engagement, which is integral to park improvements in North Brooklyn

BALANCE

Parks that balance opportunities for active and passive recreation and leisure


TRANSPARENCY

Organizational transparency, sustainability, and efficiency

our reporting

As a recognized tax-exempt nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, North Brooklyn Parks Alliance seeks to be transparent in its financial operations by making the following information publicly available. A copy of North Brooklyn Parks Alliance’s history of financial statements and IRS Form 990s may also be obtained by writing to the New York State Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271 or by visiting https://www.guidestar.org

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before & after

Nonprofits track lots of statistics. But we think the most important statistic to track is Impact. Overtime Impact measures improvement or performance. Did we do what we set out to do? Are we affecting lasting change? How close are we to “problem solved?” 

In our city – we may never get to “problem solved,” but these before and after pictures show systemic, lasting change is being made in North Brooklyn open spaces. Glacially slow- perhaps, but forward-moving nonetheless. Our Mission is to create an equitable, accessible, and vibrant park & open space system in North Brooklyn. We have a long way to go- but we’re proud of where we’ve been. 

Before: McCarren Park Pool abandoned for twenty plus year. March 2005. photo/Chad Nicholson
After: McCarren Park Pool after 50 Million Dollar City Renovation. June 2012. photo from NBK Parks' Benefit Party" The Big Splash"
Before: An empty lot on Franklin Street in Greenpoint. May 2013. photo/61 Franklin Community Garden
After: First Signs of Spring, 61 Franklin Community Garden. March 2020. photo/61 Franklin Community Garden
Before: An abandoned stretch of Kent Ave between the waterfront and N 8th & N 9th Streets. 1994. Photo/Ted Barron
After: The first of several parcels of Bushwick Inlet Park to be transformed into park. 2012. photo/NBK Parks
Before: view down Union Avenue between Driggs Avenue & No. 12th St. April 2010. photo/Community Newspaper Group / Bess Adler
After: Union Avenue “De-maped” for pedestrians after NBK Parks pledged $50,000 to fund an environmental study to determine the most appropriate use of the site. November 2017. photo/DEL SOL NY
Before: The site of a former gas plant. 2009 photo/Google
After: The second of several parcels of Bushwick Inlet Park to be transformed into park. 2019. photo/NBK Parks
Before: McCarren Park often flooded pathways. January 2012. photo/dnainfo.com
After: McCarren Park Pathways after City Council 930k Investment. May 2020. photo/NBK Parks
Before: For decades heavy industry dominated Newtown Creek and parcels of land that surrounded it. Oftentimes areas without active industry were closed off to the public. Image circa 2001. photo/Anthony Hamboussi
After: NBK Parks was named steward of pending new 8-acre park aptly named “Under the K”. 2019 rendering courtesy of PUBLIC WORK
Before: Cooper Park's Playground did not have a fence. September 2013. photo/NBK Parks
After: So St. Nick Alliance, NYC Parks & NBK Parks helped them get one! September 2013. photo/NBK Parks
Before: For over forty years starting in 1937, Transmitter Park was the site of New York's public radio station WNYC, pictured here in 1985. photo/WNYC archive
After: Today this site is a 6.61-acre public waterfront park. photo/Friends of Transmitter Park

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