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Press Release: Forever Green Winter 2017 Update

Forever Green Winter 2017 Update

FALL/WINTER 2016/2017





Ravine Before Restoration

Ravine: Before Restoration

Ravine During Restoration

Ravine: During Restoration

Ravine After Restoration

Ravine: After Restoration

January 17, 2017

New York, NY — The Central Park Conservancy has completed a major woodlands restoration and a monument conservation project as part of Forever Green: Ensuring the Future of Central Park — a 10-year fundraising campaign launched July 2016 to restore and preserve the historic vision of Park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Forever Green also funds ongoing Park perimeter reconstruction.

Forever Green Projects Recently Completed:

North Woods: Ravine: The Conservancy’s comprehensive, three year effort to renew and sustain Central Park’s woodland landscapes after decades of neglect included restoration of the iconic water body the Loch, which flows through the Ravine in the North Woods. Beginning in late 2013, the Conservancy has rebuilt paths; augmented and diversified plantings; improved irrigation throughout the area; and restored and reconstructed iconic features of the landscape including rustic bridges and stone steps. Project completed December 2016.

King Jagiello Monument: Renovation of the bronze monument King Jagiello — which depicts Wladyslaw II Jagiello, the Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland on a horse — began June 2016 and was completed October 2016. This monument was created for inclusion in the Polish Pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s fair. Following the German invasion of Poland during World War II, the exiled Polish government donated the monument to the United States. It was installed in its present location in Central Park in 1945. Recent conservation addressed deterioration of the mounting system that attaches the cast bronze monument to its granite base. A new exterior finish was included in the maintenance work as part of a Conservancy program to update coatings on all monuments.

Ongoing Construction of Central Park Perimeter: Progressive restoration of the Park’s six-mile perimeter, which runs from the Park’s wall to the street curb, is planned for deteriorated areas which have not been repaired since the pavements were first installed between the 1930s and 1940s. Work recently completed in November can be found along Central Park West from 60th to 62nd Streets and along Fifth Avenue from 60th to 65th Streets — including the addition of an accessible ramp at the 64th Street Arsenal entrance. In 2017, work will continue along Central Park West between 86th and 90th Streets.

“With each restoration project made possible by the Forever Green campaign, the Conservancy is working to ensure the future of Central Park for the enjoyment of generations to come,” says Douglas Blonsky, President and CEO of the Conservancy.

This past July, at the launch of the Forever Green Campaign, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, commented, “The Central Park Conservancy has worked tirelessly to rebuild, repair and manage Central Park for 35 years. The launch of the Forever Green campaign is a great example of its far-sighted vision to continue to restore and preserve Central Park’s important cultural value as a historic landscape. Their partnership with the City is exemplary, and I look forward to their progress.”

For more information about the Forever Green campaign visit centralparknyc.org/forever

The Central Park Conservancy will continue to provide seasonal campaign briefings to convey ongoing Park updates.

For before, during, and after photographs of all projects contact Jordan Jacuzzi, press@centralparknyc.org.


The Central Park Conservancy — a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 — raises 75 percent of the funds needed to restore and maintain Central Park, which is enjoyed by over 42 million visitors annually. Through the Conservancy’s public-private partnership with NYC Parks, they have invested nearly $1 billion in Central Park to date, which helps to generate approximately $1.4 billion in annual economic activity that benefits New York City.

For more information, visit centralparknyc.org

Forever Green: Ensuring the Future of Central Park — a ten-year campaign with a fundraising goal of $300 million — will support the restoration and preservation of Central Park; its woodlands, playgrounds, and historically and architecturally significant structures. The campaign — chaired by Anne S. Harrison, Thomas L. Kempner, Jr., and John Paulson, with support by the 35th Anniversary Committee of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy — will also benefit the further development of the Central Park Conservancy’s Institute for Urban Parks.

For more information visit centralparknyc.org/forever

Press Contact

Andrea Bussell, Associate Director of Communications, Central Park Conservancy
abussell@centralparknyc.org | 212.310.6684