Be a park greeter

Parks has launched the new GREETER CORPS, a volunteer team of ambassadors to represent Parks in the community.

Building on the success of the POP Greeter program and the Central Park Greeter program, volunteers will welcome patrons at entrances to parks, beaches, and playgrounds, inform patrons of available amenities and programs, gauge the public’s opinion and interests, and serve as eyes and ears for the park’s condition and environment.

Most important, they will help us keep Parks safe, clean, and fun.  Where possible, greeters can assist with horticulture and maintenance and monitor recycling bins.  They will also spearhead the Parks “Anti-Litter Initiative” by encouraging sports leagues, picnickers, and patrons to use garbage bags and bins.

Participants will receive a T-shirt, VIP tickets to Parks events, and other prizes for participating.  Greeters will be requested to commit at least 50 hours from June to September 2010, with weekly shifts of four hours each.

Interested volunteers can register at http://nyc.gov/parks/greetercorps.   The registration form can also be printed and filled out manually, and mailed to:

Mahanth Joishy
The Arsenal, 228
830 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10065

All registered volunteer greeters will be scheduled to receive an orientation prior to the beginning of their shifts.

  • Parks greeters are a welcoming presence at the entrance to parks, inform patrons of the available amenities and programs, gauge the public’s opinions and interests, and serve as eyes and ears for the park’s condition and environment.
  • Greeters will spearhead the Parks anti-litter initiative by encouraging sports leagues, lunch-goers, and patrons to use garbage bins and keep the parks clean.
  • Parks greeters love the parks, enjoy interacting with people, and want to make a positive difference in the community.
  • Greeters come from all ages and backgrounds in all five boroughs, but share a passion for making the park–going experience better for others.
  • Many greeters with an interest in horticulture and maintenance lend a hand in those areas too.
  • Greeters commit to at least 50 hours from May to September 2010, with weekly shifts of four hours each.
  • Greeters will receive a Parks T-shirt, and will be eligible for VIP event tickets after 50 hours of service.

Most importantly, greeters are helping to support their neighbors and keep our parks safe, fun and available to all. Please fill out and submit the form below to add yourself to our volunteer database. Once registered, you will receive the schedule for greeter orientation and next steps.

Uptown parks include:





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