History

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.

Mission

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.

Leadership

Board Members (from Left to Right): Lilian Chen, Rob Basch, Barbara Etzel, Megan DiBello, Christian Murray, Ann Sansaricq, Matthew Wallace, Mark Christie, Ann Margaret O’Connor, Matt Quigley

Board Members (from Left to Right): Lilian Chen, Rob Basch, Barbara Etzel, Megan DiBello, Christian Murray, Ann Sansaricq, Matthew Wallace, Mark Christie, Ann Margaret O’Connor, Matt Quigley

Officers

  • President Rob Basch

  • Vice President Mark Christie

  • Secretary Matt wallace

  • Treasurer Barbara Etzel

  • President Emeritus Bill Bylewski

Board Members

  • Ann Margaret O’Connor

  • Ann Sansaricq

  • Christian Murray

  • Lillian Chen

  • Matt Quigley

  • Megan DiBello

  • Patrick Smith