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Fort Tryon Park Trust Friends Committee

The Friends Committee is a group of local individuals which aims to involve the entire community surrounding the park in maintaining and improving the park’s appearance and condition, and promoting its constructive use by the public. The Friends’ structure and programs are designed to achieve these goals in partnership with other local civic groups.

The Friends Committee serves as an important vehicle to solicit community input on a broad spectrum of park related issues. We convene forums to evaluate park needs, prioritize capital projects, and develop fun and accessible public programs.


Over the last several seasons, the Friends Committee has underwritten hundreds of free fitness programs. Year round, folks get and stay in shape at our Fitness Walking programs. In summer and fall, we’ve offered Sunset Yoga, Sunrise Tai Chi, Autumn Tai Chi, and, new in 2009, Qi Gong.

Recently Nature Adventures for Kids, a free program for children ages 4 to 6, was developed in collaboration with our Friends Committee. These hands-on programs included such kid favorites as What Dinosaurs Ate in the Park and Lovely Ladybugs.


Volunteers cleaning up Fort Tryon Park in July 2006

For those who like to pitch in and get their hands in the soil, we sponsor regular beautification days throughout the year. At our October 2009 Beautification Day, more than 175 people readied the park for fall and planted thousands of spring-blooming tulips and daffodils. To sign up for the next beautification day, Javascript is required to send an email about Beautification days or use the contact form.

2015 Beautification Days

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wear long pants and sturdy shoes and join the Friends Committee of the Fort Tryon Park Trust in our monthly beautification days. Activities include some or all of the following: painting, planting preparations, planting, weeding, and more!

The Friends Committee serves as the advocacy arm of the Fort Tryon Park Trust and all our events and activities are designed to enhance and promote our landmarked treasure. New Friends are always welcome. Learn more about our volunteer opportunities.