Our work to restore the Park’s perimeter is addressing pavement conditions, improving accessibility, and replacing existing benches and lost trees.
Most of the Park’s six-mile perimeter has not been restored since the sidewalks and tree margins were paved in the existing patterns in the 1930s to 1940s. The Conservancy’s work includes replacing the central walkway’s hexagonal asphalt block pavers, resetting the granite block in the tree margins that flank the walkway, replacing existing pavements at bus stops with accessible granite block pavers, reconstructing existing curbs and pedestrian ramps, and replacing existing benches in their original pattern, which has been altered over time. Gaps between the trees that flank the sidewalk are being filled in with new trees as work continues.
The Conservancy has completed perimeter work from West 60th to West 62nd Street, East 60th to East 65th Street, and West 86th to West 90th Street. Work is currently underway from East 85th to East 90th Street.
ProjectOur work on the Dene Slope included establishing a meadow of native grasses and wildflowers over several planting seasons, and creating a rustic trail and seating for visitors that contain sweeping new views across the meadow.
ProjectOur renovation of Billy Johnson Playground preserved and reinforced the rustic character of the playground while increasing the play value and improving accessibility.
ProjectOur work in the northern end of Grand Army Plaza improved the condition of one of the City’s most prominent public spaces. We upgraded infrastructure, increased accessibility, planted new trees, and performed conservation work on the plaza’s iconic General William Tecumseh Sherman monument.
Our work in the Hallett Nature Sanctuary consisted of restoring the landscape, expanding trails, and constructing rustic features, including a hand-crafted wooden gate at the sanctuary’s entrance. These improvements have resulted in a healthier landscape and more diverse wildlife habitat, while providing a scenic and meditative experience to the public.