Happy Anniversary, Fort Tryon Park!
Fort Tryon Park celebrated this important milestone on October 12, 2020. Eight decades ago, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. gifted the completed park to the City of New York, and it has served as an oasis of immense beauty, respite, and recreation ever since! The park is considered the last masterwork of the Olmsted Brothers firm and is an excellent example of the designers’ vision of open space access and social equity. Its majestic Palisades and Hudson River views, topographic landscapes, abundant gardens, rusticated stone walls, terraces, and staircases along with diverse recreational amenities make it one of the most magnificent parks in New York City.
The Fort Tryon Park Trust is a nonprofit conservancy organization that works to ensure the legacy of Fort Tryon Park as a beautiful sanctuary, thriving outdoor classroom, green gym, performance space, outdoor office, wedding site, and community gathering place is preserved and enhanced for the next 85 years. We made a video to celebrate Fort Tryon Park and its impact on the lives of New Yorkers. This 11-minute video tells the incredible story of this unique park’s creation, its heyday, its decline following the fiscal crisis of the 70s, and its revitalization through our partnership with NYC Parks. It features interviews with key people in the park’s ongoing revitalization, such as Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Adrian Benepe, who founded the Fort Tryon Park Trust over 20 years ago. We invite you to share this special video with your friends, family, and neighbors to spread the word about the joy, solace, and beauty Fort Tryon Park brings to everyone who visits!
The full film will be released in the spring of 2021.
View the trailer HERE.
Fort Tryon Park Stories
In celebration of Fort Tryon Park’s important milestone, we have been collecting photographs and stories of favorite moments in the park! Help tell the story of this incredible place. Send your park memories to firstname.lastname@example.org and take a stroll down memory lane here:
Help Fort Tryon Park Thrive
The park’s infrastructure needs shoring up to protect the park for future generations. Park features in need of restoration include stone retaining walls, 100+-year-old elm trees, and the park’s oldest structure, the Billings Arcade. With NYC’s financial picture fluctuating and budget cuts due to COVID, private funds are essential to keeping our beloved open space well maintained and preserved for the public’s enjoyment. The work of the Fort Tryon Park Trust and the involvement of the park’s surrounding community is integral to keeping this 67-acre Scenic Landmark park maintained and thriving. Help fuel our conservancy work by making a donation today!
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