The Battery Conservancy was created in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not–for–profit educational corporation to rebuild and revitalize The Battery, the 25-acre public park at the southern tip of Manhattan, and its major landmark, Castle Clinton National Monument. The Conservancy spearheads this dramatic transformation in partnership with City, State, and Federal governments and with individuals, corporations, and foundations in the private sector. 100% of The Battery Conservancy’s annual budget is generated by gifts from the private sector.
The Conservancy is critical to the future of The Battery, Lower Manhattan, the waterfront, and the quality of community life for residents, workers, and visitors of Downtown. New York City owns and maintains the park through the Department of Parks & Recreation; the U.S. government owns and maintains Castle Clinton through the National Park Service; and both are major sites in New York State’s Harbor Heritage Area.
Essential coordination is performed by The Battery Conservancy. Warrie Price, its founder, serves as The Battery Conservancy’s President, New York City’s Battery Administrator, and New York State’s Harbor Park Director.
The Battery remains one of the oldest public open spaces in continuous use in New York City. American Indians fished from its banks, and the first Dutch settlers built a low, stone wall with cannons, a battery to protect the harbor and New Amsterdam. The transformations of The Battery and the Castle tell the history of New York, its growth, and the development of our nation.
The Conservancy honors and preserves this heritage by rebuilding the park with sustainable design and practices while respecting and interpreting The Battery’s rich past. The landscape design protects the natural environment while meeting the needs of a growing residential population, crowds of bustling commuters, and the millions of the world’s visitors who come to see the Statue of Liberty and experience New York Harbor.
To date, the Conservancy and its partners have raised $145 million in public and private funds to design, build, maintain, and program this irreplaceable site. The Conservancy continues to raise the critical funds to complete the park’s Master Plan and institute educational and cultural programs.
The Conservancy’s success has been built on its ability to:
- raise funds
- foster great design
- obtain civic approvals
- build to a standard of excellence
- and to deliver projects on time and on budget.
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