The Trust for Public Land 40th Anniversary New York Gala – Get Involved!
The Trust for Public Land invites you to join us for our inaugural New York Gala on September 17, 2013. With Sam Waterston as Host, Page and Jay Cowles, Caroline Niemczyk and Sheryl and Dan Tishman as Co-Chairs, and Caroline Kennedy as Honorary Chair, this event will mark the culmination of our 40th Anniversary year and will help to ensure our ongoing ability to preserve open space, create city parks, and conserve land for people.
At the center of this celebration, the Durst family is being honored for their continued efforts to create public spaces and sustainable buildings for people across the country. Douglas Durst has served on our National Board of Directors for six years, and Alexander Durst has recently joined our New York Advisory Board. During the evening, the Durst family will receive our Land for People award, The Trust for Public Land’s highest honor.
The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. With a leadership team that includes Adrian Benepe, former NYC Parks Commissioner, we are at the forefront of the current debate on designing and building park-rich, climate-smart, and sustainable cities—a discussion more relevant than ever in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and similar weather events expected to come.
Over the past forty years, The Trust for Public Land has become the nation’s leader in creating new places where children and their families can play and connect with nature. Our work in New York City has transformed hundreds of schoolyards from barren asphalt lots into engaging and vibrant playgrounds, saved 70 community gardens from development, and led to the creation of numerous city parks and new open space in every borough. An emphasis on land and water conservation and storm water management is at the core of every one of our projects city-wide. We are laying the groundwork—literally—for a greater, greener, more resilient New York City.
We look forward to seeing you in September for this very special evening.