The Park Slope Civic Council organizes a wide range of events and programs that help bring the community together to keep Park Slope a great place to live, highlight the achievements of those who share that goal, and are fun for our neighbors and volunteers.
Our diverse activities include:
- The Civic Council’s annual awards program, named for Park Slope activist George Lovgren, honors people and organizations for their outstanding service to the community.
- The Civic Sweep, held in the spring and fall, help make Park Slope shine, thanks to the help of many volunteers from all over our neighborhood.
- Food for Thought, the Civic Council’s annual fundraiser, will help us continue and expand our initiatives, as well as raise awareness of the Civic Council and encourage new and active members.
- Our annual grants program support the many community-based organizations that contribute greatly to Park Slope’s diversity and vitality
- Perhaps the largest children’s Halloween march, the Civic Council’s Halloween Parade has been bringing fun and frights — and showcasing the neighborhood’s generosity — every year since 1986.
- The Park Slope House Tour, launched in 1959, played a major role in saving Park Slope from the ravages that impacted so many other neighborhoods decades ago. Since then, thousands of people have toured Park Slope’s lovely houses at this annual event, proceeds from which fund our community grants program.
- Since 2001, the annual Jingle Bell Jamboree has been bringing local residents together in a concert that celebrates the holiday spirit.
- You see them all over the neighborhood: our “No Flyers, No Ads, No Menus” signs, which help keep litter from our sidewalks. Learn where you can pick them up here.
- Each year, the Civic Council grants a Scholarship for Community Service to one graduate of each of the three secondary schools in the John Jay High School building who are college-bound and, more importantly, can demonstrate meaningful volunteer service during high school.
- Every winter, out Toys for Tots program collects and delivers gifts to children and families in need, another example of Park Slope’s terrific community spirit.
Photos: left, David Herman; right, Gilly Youner