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Neil Calvanese

Vice President for Operations

Reporting to and partnering with the President, Mr. Calvanese oversees and develops all operational strategy for Central Park, and ensures that the Conservancy is fulfilling its contractual obligations to the City of New York. He is responsible for oversight of daily Park operations, including horticulture, special events and Conservancy relations with the Department of Parks and Recreation, the NYPD, Department of Transportation, and Department of Environmental Protection, staffing, staff development and training. Partnering with Department of Parks and Recreation, he develops an annual plan for special events that take place in the Park for the purpose of minimizing their impact on the landscape. He is responsible for developing strategy for adopting and applying the most advanced technology in pest control practices. He oversees the field volunteers programs, including training and utilization.

As a member of the senior management team, Mr. Calvanese partners with leaders in Planning, Design and Construction to develop the strategic planning of major renovations, restorations, and other projects in the Park, and works directly with the Chief of Operations to review, analyze and develop an annual budget and long-term budget plans.