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This award, given annually in recognition of the work of park volunteer organizations in each of the boroughs, was presented to Conservancy President Jack Barnett by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, on behalf of Partnerships for Parks, the City Parks Foundation and NYC Parks.
In presenting the award Borough President Brewer said, "The Sutton Place Parks Conservancy is organized, proactive, and industrious. It is nothing short of incredible what these volunteers have been able to achieve in the time they’ve been stewarding Sutton Parks.” City officials from all the boroughs attended the ceremony, including Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver. Carol Hasenstab, Retail Market Manager for TD Bank, a corporate sponsor of the Conservancy, also praised our progress.
Silver and others emphasized how important it is to maintain “green space for mental health” and provide opportunities to relax in the out of doors.
Native plants are adapted to local climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur. By planting indigenous species we have a better chance of a successful garden especially at East 58th where there are many challenges including exhaust fans and lack of a water source. These important plant species will also provide nectar, pollen and seed that is critical habitat for native endangered butterflies. One goal for the park is to become an official Monarch Butterfly Waystation.
The project will be led by the Conservancy’s native plant advisor, Jill Bauer and Cathedral High School’s Director of S.T.E.A.M., Jonathan Boo, and Science Department Chairperson, Kristine Woo. Manhattan Parks Commissioner, William Castro will serve as honorary Chairperson. TDBank’s, Melissa Hays, Partnership for Parks Kristy DeCario, Green Park Gardeners NYC Susan Price Blackwell and Cathedral High School Principal, Maria Spagnuoto round out the committee.
S.T.E.A.M. is an educational approach to learning that uses science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking. Starting with a Design Brief, students from both AP Environmental Science and Technology Foundations classes will identify problems at the park, research and develop solutions, pick a final landscape design and implement the solutions.
The Conservancy received a grant from Partnership for Parks to purchase native plants and educational materials. The Conservancy will pay the additional costs of renovating the beds and maintenance. Our target date is May 2017.
The purpose of this garden goes beyond the beautification of the neighborhood. It is meant to bring the community and school together and involve them in a new project that will have long lasting effects on the climate and ecological system in the area.
Anticipating a growing population in our area that has few open spaces, and the need to preserve our precious parks, the Conservancy has embarked on a planning process in partnership with the Parks Department. We also are inviting park goers to offer ideas they might like to have to enhance their enjoyment of these parks. As Pat has reminded us, “We formed the Conservancy to support the Parks Department, and we also want to plan ahead for how they will be used in the future.”
Public Visioning Meetings Planned – Space is Limited!
Thursday, April 27, 6:30-8:00 at A la Mode, 360 East 55th Street
Monday, May 15, 6:15-8:00 at Sutton Place Physical Therapy
Saturday, June 10, 3:15-5:00 at TD Bank, 1031 First Avenue at 55th Street
Light Refreshments. Please RSVP to: SuttonPlaceParks@gmail.com
Our Mission is to restore, beautify and enhance our 5 neighborhood parks from East 54th Street to East 58th Street along Sutton Place and Sutton Place South in Manhattan, New York City.
We partner with the New York City Parks Department and local community organizations on shared goals, highlighting environmental best practices, and strive to enhance our parks for the enjoyment of our neighbors and visitors.
Our vision is to provide an ongoing legacy for our Parks and future generations of Park users.
We have teamed up with Cathedral High School to create a Native Plant and Pollinator Garden at Sutton Place Park at East 58th Street. Read more
A Vision Committee of volunteers, headed up by Conservancy Vice President, Pat Scharlin Taylor, is sponsoring a series of public meetings over the next few months to engage park visitors in suggesting ideas to enhance and beautify our five parks. Read more
Sutton Place Parks Conservancy, Inc.
1040 First Avenue, #322
New York, NY 10022
Patricia Scharlin Taylor
Dale Ellen Leff
Bernard Dworkin, Legal Counsel