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 Hunters 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 Hunters Point through events, education and conservation.

Read more about our work in our 2015 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 Hunters Point South Park and other green spaces in Hunters 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 Hunters Point waterfront to preserve and enhance the waterways

Leadership

Board Members (from Left to Right): Mark Christie, Rob Basch, Lilian Chen, Matt Wallace, Ann O'Connor, Patrick Thompson, Barbara Etzel.

Board Members (from Left to Right): Mark Christie, Rob Basch, Lilian Chen, Matt Wallace, Ann O'Connor, Patrick Thompson, Barbara Etzel.

Officers

  • President: Rob Basch

  • Vice President: Mark Christie

  • Secretary: Barbara Etzel

  • Treasurer: Patrick Thompson

  • President Emeritus: Bill Bylewski

Board Members

  • Lillian Chen

  • Ann Margaret O’Connor

  • Matthew Wallace

Support

  • Director of Communications: Jon L. Denby