City Line Park. Photo: NYC Parks.

NYC Parks today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify at least 10 firms that will provide landscape architecture services for upcoming park improvement projects. The experienced consultant firms will have a lasting impact on New York City’s parkland by working with the award-winning agency to design and build public spaces for New Yorkers to enjoy.

“We are seeking experienced design firms to advance projects that improve parkland across the five boroughs with a focus on equity, sustainability, and access,” said NYC Parks Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects Therese Braddick. “The landscape architecture firms selected through this RFP will have the chance to make a lasting impact on New York City’s park system by reimagining greenspaces for the communities they serve.”

NYC Parks’ capital division of nearly 500 staff, including more than 100 landscape architects, manages its capital projects from start to finish, designing approximately 70% of its landscape architecture projects in-house. The agency also works with consultants on a number of projects, including the Anchor Parks reconstruction at St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx and the transformation of City Line Park in Brooklyn. All capital projects adhere to agency design guidelines, including Design and Planning for Flood Resiliency.

Selected consultants will help ensure that various capital projects maximize the long-term benefits of parks—both for the staff who operate and maintain them and the parkgoers who visit them. Proposals should demonstrate successful relevant experience in public space design and familiarity with areas such as sustainability, accessibility, adaptive reuse, and historically sensitive restoration. A background in parks is encouraged but not required.

NYC Parks encourages participation by Disadvantaged/Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise (D/M/WBE) firms. The agency has created a centralized unit to focus on increasing D/M/WBE participation in capital construction and consultant contracts, and staff host and attend events throughout the year to discuss procurement opportunities with the D/M/WBE community. For more information, visit Parks’ website.

All proposals for this RFP must be submitted electronically no later than Tuesday, April 12, 2022 through the digital Procurement and Sourcing Solutions Portal (PASSPort), which requires a PASSPort account. All interested parties considering responding to this RFP are encouraged to join the remote proposer meeting on March 29, 2022 at 2 p.m. For information on how to access RFP via PASSPort, visit Parks’ website at www.nyc.gov/parks/businessopportunities .