your city parks
November 22, 2015, 3:40 pm
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From the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation:

NYC Parks is the steward of approximately 29,000 acres of land — 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 550 tennis courts, 66 public pools, 48 recreational facilities, 17 nature centers, 13 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches. We care for 1,200 monuments and 23 historic house museums. We look after 650,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. We are New York City’s principal providers of recreational and athletic facilities and programs. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals.

8.4 million people live in New York City (2013 census). Here is the per capita breakdown:

8.4 m  / 29,000 acres of parkland = 289 people per acre of parkland

8.4 m  / 800 athletic fields = 10,500 people per field

8.4 m  / 1,000 playgrounds = 8,400 people per playground

8.4 m  / 550 tennis courts = 15,273 tennis players per court

8.4 m  / 66 public pools = 127,273 swimmers per pool

8.4 m  / 48 recreational facilities = 175,000 people per rec center

8.4 m  / 17 nature centers = 494,118 nature lovers per nature center

8.4 m  / 13 golf courses = 646,154 golfers per course

8.4 m  / 14 miles of beach = 600,000 beach lovers per mile of beach

8.4 m  / 1,200 monuments = 7,000 civilians per monument

8.4 m  / 23 historic house museums = 365,217 history buff per museum

8.4 m  / 650,000 street trees = 13 trees per resident

Of course not 100% of the populace is interested in each of these institutions and facilities, but these numbers reflect two generations of disinvestment in all things public.


April 25, 2015, 12:25 pm
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These are data and maps from a site called parkscore, based on walkscore. You can look at a live version of the map here.

a zone of heightened mutual vulnerability
July 15, 2012, 3:24 pm
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An incredible definition of a park.  And I thought a park was swings, pooper scoopers, scraped knees and daisies!

Roberto Unger says a public park is a place where you can be vulnerable enough to meet two principal needs at the same time and in the same place:  the need for social life and connection; and the need to maintain autonomy and independence:

a zone of heightened mutual vulnerability, within which people gain a chance to resolve more fully the conflict between the enabling conditions of self assertion; between their need for attachment and for participation in group life and their fear of subjugation and depersonalization with which such engagement may threaten them.

Roberto Unger on public parks