Central Park Conservancy, WABC-TV Celebrate Renaissance of Central Park

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December 1, 2007 9:05:11 AM PST
The Central Park Conservancy is pleased to announce that it has teamed up with WABC-TV to celebrate Central Park!Many New Yorkers do not realize that since its inception in 1980, the Central Park Conservancy has been responsible for the restoration of major landscapes like the Great Lawn, North Meadow and Bethesda Terrace.

Under a contract with the City of New York, the Conservancy maintains the Park on a daily basis. It has raised over $300 million from private sources for capital projects and raises an additional $23 million every year to care for the Park. The City contributes 15 percent of the Conservancy's annual budget. The remainder is raised from private citizens who become members of the Conservancy, volunteer their time or participate in a variety of ways to help keep the Park beautiful for the 25 million people who visit it every year.

"With WABC-TV's informative programming, more New Yorkers will become aware of what it takes to care for one of the city's greatest resources," said Douglas Blonsky, President of the Central Park Conservancy. "This important partnership will help encourage more people to participate in caring for Central Park and in securing its future. We are grateful for WABC's help and for their generous support."

"We're excited about our partnership with the Central Park Conservancy. We admire the wonderful work they have done over the past 25 years in bringing Central Park back to its original glory and making it a place that so many New Yorkers cherish," said Dave Davis, President and General Manager of WABC-TV Channel 7. "Our "Be a Part of Your Park" campaign is a station wide initiative designed to make more people aware of the vital role that the Central Park Conservancy plays in caring Central Park"

The Central Park Conservancy is a private not-for-profit organization that manages Central Park under a contract with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Through the support of many individuals, corporations, foundations and volunteers, the Conservancy has raised nearly $300 million and transformed Central Park into a model for urban parks nationwide. Since its founding the Central Park Conservancy has built an endowment of nearly $75 million for the continued care of the Park, prescribed and implemented a major restoration plan, funded major capital improvements, created programs for volunteers and visitors and set new standards of excellence in Park care.