In 1998 a group of concerned residents formed Friends of Gantry State Park with a goal to take care of our community’s parks, trees and natural areas.
Since those early years we have grown tremendously, and with the opening of Hunter’s Point South Park in August 2013, we evolved into the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy the following year.
Our goal is to support and enhance the waterfront parks in Hunter’s Point through events, education and conservation.
Read more about our work in our 2016 Annual Report.
Our mission is to enrich the quality of life in Hunters Point by preserving and enhancing its parks, green spaces and waterfront in partnership with the community. We will do this in the following ways:
Assist the management of Gantry Plaza State Park and Hunter’s Point South Park and other green spaces in Hunter’s Point
Organize and support special events and activities in the parks
Enhance artistic and recreational activities in the parks
Monitor potential problems in the area and advocate for solutions
Educate the community about environmental concerns on the Hunter’s Point waterfront to preserve and enhance the waterways
Working with the Parks Departments
Since 1998, the Conservancy (then the ‘Friends’) has worked closely with leadership at the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. We are proud to be an officially recognized partner of the state parks department operating under a Memorandum of Agreement with the state.
You can view our most recent MOA here. Renewed in 2016.
Since 2014, the Conservancy has enjoyed an informal and positive working relationship with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. In April of 2019, we were thrilled to receive a letter from Commissioner Mitchell Silver thanking us for our work over the years and acknowledging us an official partner of the department.
View letter from Commissioner Silver here.
President Rob Basch
Vice President Mark Christie
Secretary Matt wallace
Treasurer Barbara Etzel
President Emeritus Bill Bylewski
Ann Margaret O’Connor