NY4P Signature Benefit


From all of us at New Yorkers for Parks, thank you so much for supporting our 2021 Benefit, NYC’s Future, Parks as Critical Infrastructure!

Over 200 guests came out to the new Javits Center Rooftop Pavilion and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while taking in amazing views of the Hudson River, a working rooftop farm, and inspiring vistas of New York City. 

We especially thank our honorees Betsy Smith, President and CEO of Central Park Conservancy, and Rick Cotton, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who both received the 2021 Champion for Parks award.

Tom Kempner of Central Park Conservancy and Keewaydin Investments presented Betsy’s award, honoring her legacy of leadership and contributions as one of our city’s greatest champions for parks, which includes many years as a dedicated member of the NY4P board. 

Cheryl McKissack Daniel of McKissack & McKissack presented Rick’s award, which recognized his work as a dynamic leader in the transformation of iconic public spaces and profound impact on our infrastructure. 

Betsy and Rick were joined by thought leaders Kyle Kimball of Con Edison, Maria Torres-Springer of the Ford Foundation, and John Alschuler of HR&A in a panel discussion on Parks as Infrastructure moderated by Adam Ganser, Executive Director of NY4P, which featured the role of parks as critical, physical, and social infrastructure.

A full recording of the event will be shared in the coming weeks.

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