How Your Donations Help

The Fort Tryon Park Trust funds dedicated staffing and horticultural supplies, equipment and plants to complement the resources of NYC Parks and to preserve the splendor of the Heather Garden. Working with NYC Parks and volunteers, we plant some 47,000 trees and plants every year as well as protecting the park’s 39 historic American Elm trees. We transform the park into an arts venue by hosting performances and we improve public health with free fitness classes.

We recently put $350,000 toward reconstructing Jacob K. Javits Playground at the northeast end of the park. Our work is fueled by some 38,000 volunteer hours. A new plan tackles recurring soil problems, identifying ways to open up and frame views, expand existing perennial groupings, and incorporate small shrubs at key locations to create more structure and cohesion in the garden year round. The approach will help minimize ongoing maintenance of the garden and yet preserve its romantic feel and otherworldly aura.

NYC Parks recently executed a $900,000 restoration of Fort Tryon Park’s pathways, landscape, and staircase just south of the Billings Arcade, creating a newly restored area called, “Cabrini Woods”, where we will host tours and birding for adults and children. (In 1996, the New York Times’ Christopher Gray described this then-overgrown gallery as “a striking vaulted space. … At the bottom, there are the remains of a freestanding entrance gate, and you can look up the cliff and see the Billings gatehouse, another fragment that survives. … If you really want to get away from New York, this is the spot.”)

The Fort Tryon Park Trust wants to build on that investment and restore the Billings Arcade, which cost $250,000 when it was constructed in the early 1900s. Rockefeller, Jr. required the Olmsted Brothers to incorporate the structure into the park so that it seamlessly fits into the scenic landscape. To get involved in the campaign to fully restore this historic treasure, contact us at info@forttryonparktrust.org.

Also in the last few years, we created the upper entrance to the Alpine Garden; we secured Landmarks Preservation Commission and Public Design Commission approvals for the Alpine Garden Grotto and staircases; we had concerts with Astrograss, the Bossy Frog Band, the Garbage Men Band, Marjorie Elliot and her Jazz Ensemble, and the Scandia Symphony. Every year we have more than 550 events, of which some 50 are history and naturalist related, 40 for children, and 200 devoted to sports and fitness. Fort Tryon Park is thankful for its funders, partners and volunteers who help to beautify, strengthen and celebrate the park every year. NYC Parks has helped us restore the Broadway landscape on the park perimeter and adjacent slopes. Over 38,000 volunteer hours have resulted in the planting of more than 47,000 plants, trees, and shrubs along the five-block eastern expanse of the park.

Breathe new life into a scenic landmark and consider making a donation of any amount right now. We rely on contributions from our local community to preserve and enhance the park for future generations. All contributions help sustain the park as a neighborhood natural treasure for years to come. Adopt a bench in honor of a loved one, to commemorate a special event, or to give a unique gift. A bench dedication endows a bench for the long term and ensures that it receives repairs, replacement plaques and ongoing upkeep. To discuss a bench dedication, contact Executive Director Jennifer Hoppa by email at jennifer.hoppa@forttryonparktrust.org or by phone at (212) 795-1388 ext 301.

A large donation to the park could transform or restore vistas and provide more safe, clean areas for the whole community. To learn about major giving opportunities, please contact Executive Director Jennifer Hoppa by email at jennifer.hoppa@forttryonparktrust.org or by phone at (212) 795-1388 ext 301. Your contribution is tax deductible within the limits prescribed by law.

The City Parks Foundation is the fiscal sponsor for the Fort Tryon Park Trust and the not-for-profit partner of NYC Parks. A copy of the foundation’s latest annual report may be obtained from Office of the Attorney General, New York State Department of Law, Charities Bureau, New York, NY 10271, or by phone at (212) 360-1399.

If you prefer to contribute by mail, please make checks payable to City Parks Foundation and write Fort Tryon Park Trust on the memo line:

Fort Tryon Park Trust
P.O. Box 1044
Fort George Station
New York, NY 10040