Finally, we turn to the true value of parks in a city like New York. Yes, they are a part of our basic infrastructure and should be treated as such. And parks don’t care for themselves. But there are studies that show that having a park nearby is good for your physical and mental well-being. Millions of New Yorkers use them to run, play, explore, party, have a little “me” time. That’s why park usage is up all over the city. More rangers may encourage more park use, especially in parks that are considered dangerous after dark.  And parks attract tourists (who could resist a giant patch of green in the middle of the concrete jungle?) And our panel will point out that, ultimately, we are the stewards of our own parks, responsible for keeping them clean, keeping them loved, and fighting for every penny they need.