Mission: The new york city parks mounted auxiliary unit, founded in 1996, is a group of private citizens who assist the parks enforcement patrol (pep) officers of the city's department of parks and recreation. Auxiliary officers serve as "eyes and ears" for the parks department, patrolling on horseback in areas inaccessible by vehicle to ensure the safety of park patrons and the preserva-tion of animals, plants, and natural resources. In uniform, on well-trained parks mounts, we deter, identify, and report illegal or unsafe activities that require pep, nypd, fdny, or ems attention. We advise the public on parks rules, provide directions and information, and assist those who are injured, lost, or victims of crime. We support pep at special events such as concerts, parades and the new york city marathon.
Programs: Members provided over 5,000 hours of patrols and related services to new york city parks
This not-for-profit has no overhead- all positions are filled by volunteers. The NYC Parks Department does not have the financial resources to support mounted patrols of the City's Parks.. Unfortunate since horse patrols have been shown to not only be the most effective, but also the most comforting to tourists. The volunteers patrol their assigned park all day, riding with either another volunteer or with a professional officer.