The Park Needs Us

Central Park is New York City’s backyard—and it needs all who visit to get involved in its care. The Central Park Conservancy cares for the Park but our work wouldn’t be possible without your help. Your support through donations, membership, and volunteerism ensure it remains a vital public treasure and thriving habitat.

Things You Can Do Today

Supporting Central Park doesn’t need to be complicated or costly. Small actions you take on each visit can make a big difference. Here are three ways to do your part.

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    Carry in, carry out

    While there are hundreds of waste and recycling containers throughout the Park, the best way to keep this shared space clean is to carry out any trash that you carry in and dispose of it at home.

  2. 2

    Respect wildlife

    Help take care of the wildlife in the Park by never feeding or approaching a wild animal.

  3. 3

    Share the Drive

    Run, walk, cycle, but be mindful of other Park users so we can all enjoy the roads safely together.


The Park needs us, and we need the Park! What is it about Central Park that you need the most? Let us know with the hashtag #TheParkNeedsUs and we'll feature it on our social channels. You can also share your story by submitting it here.

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New Yorkers Love Central Park

Lately, we’ve been listening closely to what New Yorkers have to say about Central Park—fondly known as their 843-acre backyard.

Hear their stories