Watch our Film Celebrating 85 Years of Fort Tryon Park!
Fort Tryon Park celebrated its 85th anniversary 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! Fort Tryon Park is considered the last masterwork of the Olmsted Brothers firm and manifests 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 that works to ensure Fort Tryon Park remains a beautiful sanctuary, a natural classroom, green gym, performance space, and community gathering place for all New Yorkers. We underwrite aging park infrastructure and amenity upgrades, make targeted repairs, fund supplemental maintenance staffing and equipment, and provide dynamic public programs to keep this 86-year-old park thriving. We made a film to celebrate Fort Tryon Park’s 85 years and its significant impact on the lives of New Yorkers! This short video tells the story of this unique park’s creation, its heyday, its decline following the fiscal crisis of the 70s, and its revitalization through the Fort Tryon Park Trust’s partnership with NYC Parks, begun over 20 years ago. It features interviews with key people in the park’s ongoing revitalization, such as Fort Tryon Park Trust founders Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Adrian Benepe, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, and Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, among others. We invite you to share this special video with your friends and family, to spread the wonder, beauty, and hope Fort Tryon Park brings and to join us in helping protect it for present and future generations.
The film premieres on Earth Day – April 22, 2021.
Promotional film created by Writer/Director Michael Bridenstine, Towhead Productions.