About Us

The mission of the Central Park Conservancy is to preserve and celebrate Central Park as a sanctuary from the pace and pressures of city life, enhancing the enjoyment and wellbeing of all.

Central Park is New York City’s 843-acre backyard, an essential space that welcomes over 42 million visitors annually. The City of New York has entrusted the Central Park Conservancy with the complete day-to-day care of this iconic public space, which requires dedicated expertise that we’ve honed during our 40-year history. Over 300 Conservancy employees tend to the Park’s complex maintenance, restoration, and architectural needs—from horticulture, tree and turf care, trash management, visitor services, and much more—resulting from massive use.

As the stewards of the Park, the Conservancy is committed to serving the public’s best interests and providing the oversight and expertise necessary to ensure that this world-class greenspace is accessible to all. Funded primarily by individual donations, we invest nearly $78 million into the Park’s care each year with the sole mission of protecting and improving Central Park in perpetuity. Not only does this allow the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to allocate nearly its entire budget to other parks, but we help generate more than $1 billion in annual economic activity and 5,000 local jobs—a true partnership with the City for the people of New York.

Central Park Conservancy: Our Story

Our Values

Guiding Principle

Central Park is a masterpiece of landscape architecture created to provide a profoundly democratic space and green respite for the City and all its people and to establish New York as one of the great cities of the world. The Conservancy honors its commitment to this iconic public space by applying its deep expertise in urban park management; by partnering with the community and the City of New York; and by marshalling all of the resources necessary for the Park’s long-term care. The Conservancy’s work is founded on the belief that citizen leadership and private philanthropy are key to ensuring that the Park and its essential purpose endure.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Central Park Conservancy’s work is guided by the belief that Central Park, and all public parks, must be managed and actively protected as an inclusive and democratic space for all.

Working closely with our New York City partners, we will always strive towards creating and sustaining a sense of belonging for all visitors and advocating for equitable and accessible public use of the Park.

In service of this belief, we are committed to fostering a workforce and organizational culture that is as diverse as Central Park itself and the dynamic city it serves.

Core Values

Commitment
We hold ourselves accountable for the care of Central Park, recognizing both its fragility and its importance to New York City and to the world.

Expertise
We develop our expertise in the service of our mission and share our knowledge to elevate the field of urban park management.

Integrity
We value and demonstrate sound moral and ethical principles in the workplace.

Collaboration
We value the power and effectiveness of working with our colleagues, with the City, and with the public to accomplish our goals as the principal steward of the Park.

Revitalizing New York City



Betsy Smith pictured in the park in summer

Leadership

The Conservancy’s board and senior leadership work together toward the common goal of preserving and enhancing Central Park for future generations.

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The Park Needs Us

Central Park is New York City’s backyard—which means it needs all who visit to get involved in its care. Your donations, membership, volunteering, and stewardship of the Park keep it a vital public treasure and thriving habitat. The Central Park Conservancy was born of community activism, and 40 years later we continue to partner with the public and rely on our community—people like you, who need Central Park. The Park needs you, too.

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