The Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Inc. (RIPA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works with the City of New York and local communities to provide an innovative and exciting destination through a wide range of sports venues, cultural events and environmental exploration. As the dedicated steward of Randall’s Island Park, the Alliance sustains, maintains, develops and programs the Park to support the wellbeing of all New Yorkers.
The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) raises more than half of the Park’s annual operating budget, facilitates concessions that provide the remaining funds, and employs approximately 75 staff to care for the Park. The essential work we do to improve and maintain Randall’s Island Park would not be possible without the generosity of our donors and the support of our many partners.
RIPA was founded in 1992 by a dedicated group of New Yorkers who sought to improve Randall’s Island Park. Though the Park had the potential to be a great recreational resource for New Yorkers, it had fallen into serious decline. RIPA, pursuant to an agreement with the City and working closely with the Parks Department, spearheaded the restoration, development and management of the Park. Nearly $350 million has now been invested into Randall’s Island Park through the work of the Alliance, the commitment of the City of New York, considerable State funding, and the generosity of many individuals, corporations and foundations; to join our alliance of supporters, please click here.
Such investment in the Island has resulted in a fabulous transformation. Nearly three decades later, Randall’s Island is without question New York’s premier destination for sports and recreation, and RIPA continues to serve as its dedicated steward. The Park comprises 60 athletic fields (more than half the premier fields in Manhattan!); Icahn Stadium, a world-class track & field facility; the Sportime Tennis Center, featuring 20 state-of-the-art courts; and miles of pathways for both recreation and commuting between the three surrounding boroughs. RIPA has also restored dozens of acres of the Island’s natural resources, including the newly opened Living Shoreline Recreational Area as well as the Little Hell Gate Inlet Salt Marsh and Freshwater Wetlands, which work to improve water quality and provide precious wildlife habitat. On the southern end, RIPA’s Urban Farm comprises a wide variety of produce in a range of vegetable beds, including a variety of rice paddies and an apple orchard, and annually hosts its popular resident flock of friendly chickens. The Island’s passive recreational areas include popular family-friendly picnicking areas as well as scenic pathways for walking, running and bicycling.
Randall’s Island Park now attracts over 4 million visitors to the Island each year. Many visitors are local children and families who participate in RIPA’s free year-round public programming, from festivals and family-friendly explorations at the Urban Farm, scenic waterfront, and wetlands to fun runs at Icahn Stadium, outdoor movie nights, free yoga classes, garden tours and more. In addition, RIPA continues to offer quality free youth programs including: a five-week summer camp serving children from community-based organizations in neighboring Harlem and the Bronx; Waterfront Stewardship programming, which provides opportunities for local NYC public school students to visit, study, and volunteer; and our Urban Farm programs, which provide students with hands-on learning experiences focused on organic gardening and the preparation of healthy meals. The Park-as-Lab program offers opportunities for collaborative community science and research into the Island’s unique urban ecology.
The Island is also home to the sprawling Harlem River Event Area, which truly brings the world to the shores of Randall’s Island each year, through major concerts, art fairs, and cultural festivals. Looking to the future, we anticipate further improvements to what the Park can offer its visitors, including expansion of the Sportime Tennis Center as well as construction of Drive Shack, a new golf center with state-of-the-art facilities, full food service, and spaces for hosting a range of parties and events.
As we move forward, RIPA will continue to work toward improving and maintaining this remarkable City resource. We need help from people like you to sustain our momentum! Please join our efforts.
Randall’s Island Park now, more than ever, provides a welcoming backyard and crucial respite for neighboring communities – and RIPA will continue to ensure that the Island serves as an oasis for all New Yorkers.