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Douglas Blonsky

Douglas Blonsky

Senior Advisor to the President & CEO

Effective March 1, 2018, Mr. Blonsky assumed the position of Senior Advisor to the President & CEO. In this role, he will assist Betsy Smith, new President & CEO with a special focus on her transition and on the Institute.

Mr. Blonsky has been with the Central Park Conservancy since 1985. In 2004, he was appointed President & CEO; he also served as Central Park Administrator since 1998. On March 13, 2018, Mr. Blonsky was appointed a Founding Trustee of the Conservancy in recognition of his 33 years of achievement.

Mr. Blonsky has been directly responsible for the effective management of nearly $1 billion in Park projects, including a number of capital projects that have received prestigious design awards.

Under Mr. Blonsky’s leadership, the Conservancy has completed such noteworthy restoration projects as the Great Lawn, the Harlem Meer, Merchants’ Gate, the Mall, Conservatory Water, the Pond, the Pool, and the Reservoir fence. He developed several innovative Park management and preservation practices which set the standard for urban parks nationwide.

Mr. Blonsky has been advising parks groups for decades. In 2013, the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks (the Institute) was established as a means to ensure the sustainability of Central Park and the Conservancy, as well as provide direct assistance, advice, and formal training to current and aspiring park professionals. Through the Institute, Mr. Blonsky developed and implemented a program to train and mentor NYC Parks Department gardeners from underserved parks in all five boroughs (Neighborhood Parks Initiative). These individuals are taught the Conservancy’s best practices in horticulture, maintenance, and management.

A graduate of the University of Delaware and Cook College at Rutgers University, Mr. Blonsky holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, and is a registered landscape architect in New York State.