What we loved in 2016

December 30 2016

2016 was an amazing year at Washington Square Park and for us here at the Conservancy so we’re taking a moment to celebrate the highlights. We’re grateful to all of you who have joined us for programs, made a donation, volunteered or just enjoyed the park and all it offers.


Gardener Kaslin Daniels joined us at the park in March. She’s already made a tremendous difference to the park’s horticulture, taming weeds, adding plants and flowers and supervising volunteers. We can’t wait to see what she’s got planned for 2017!



Our volunteers gave over 600 hours of service to the park! With three new volunteer programs launched in 2016, including Greeter-Guides, Wednesday Weeders, and Photography, we saw our service hours more than double over 2015. We’re incredibly thankful for all of you who lent your time and talents.



We awarded Community Grants to seven organizations providing free cultural programs in the park this year. From the Uni library to the Washington Square Music Festival, these grants helped to provide film, music, dance, and literature to all throughout the summer and fall.


The Conservancy hosted—with help from other community groups—several programs for families and adults, including a scavenger hunt, weekly walking tours, an acorn planting workshop and a tree identification walk. We loved learning so much about the park along with you.