Christopher Park is located in the heart of Greenwich Village. Bounded by Grove Street, West 4th Street, and Christopher Street, the park has provided residents and tourists with a place to relax since its founding in 1837.
In June 2016, President Obama designated the creation of Stonewall National Monument, based in Christopher Park. Creation of national monument, the first in America to honor the struggle for LGBTQI rights, entailed the transfer of the park from NYC to the National Park Service. Prior to the designation, the park was already included in the Stonewall listing as a National Historic Landmark as it was integral to the Stonewall riots of 1969.
Through tour books in virtually every language, the park was already known as the home to “Gay Liberation” the only public monument commemorating the gay rights movement in the United States. The bronze statues by sculptor George Segal were cast in 1980 and installed in 1992.
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The park’s gardens are funded, planted and maintained by neighborhood volunteers of the non-profit Christopher Park Alliance.
CHRISTOPHER PARK ALLIANCE
The Christopher Park Alliance (formerly Christopher Park Partnership) is a group of volunteer gardeners and donors who work with the National Park Service and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation to help keep Christopher Park clean, green, and safe.
Although the National Park Service has assumed ownership of the land from New York City, much of the Park’s upkeep is provided by CPA volunteers. Thanks to donors, CPA is able to buy and plant thousands of tulip bulbs each fall and colorful annuals each spring to the joy of all who visit.
The mission of Christopher Park Alliance is to work together with the community, the National Park Service, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to maintain and enhance Christopher Park as a scenic, historic, peaceful landmark in West Greenwich Village. The Alliance aspires to secure the financial and organizational future of Christopher Park for future generations by building a diverse community of volunteers, residents, and businesses to care for the park while providing a public space for locals and tourists to sit quietly and enjoy the garden and historic monuments within the park.
Since 2014, CPA has raised more than $50,000 and devoted countless hours to revitalizing Christopher Park. The volunteers of CPA are dedicated to helping the park thrive through programs including:
If you’d like to join us, complete the Volunteer form and let us know you’re interested. We welcome volunteers and donors of all ages.
While Christopher Park is a popular attraction among tourists visiting NYC, support for the park is mostly a local effort. To engage as many members of the community as possible, CPA participates in outreach programs such as It’s Your Park Day (in fall and spring) and open gardening days on select summer weekends.
Fill out your a “Contact Us” form so that we can add you to our emailing list to let you know when our next events are scheduled in the park. *(Don’t worry, we’ll never share your contact information with any other organization.)
Fundraising & Advocacy
The future of Christopher Park rests in our hands. With little government support, it is up to neighbors, community members, and people like you to provide the funds necessary to maintain Christopher Park. We play an essential role in advocating for our park’s needs with city agencies and for providing the day-to-day materials and services to keep the park clean, green, and safe.
Please contribute today.
CHRISTOPHER PARK ALLIANCE BOARD
The non-profit Christopher Park Alliance is governed by a board of community volunteers. Current board members include:
If you are interested in joining the board or volunteering, please complete the contact form on our Volunteer page.
CHRISTOPHER PARK ALLIANCE ADVISERS
Christopher Park Alliance extends our heartfelt thanks to the many people who have shared their expertise to help us revitalize our park. These generous advisers include:
Detective James Alberici, NYPD 6th Precinct
Kirsti Bambridge, Partnership for Parks (City Parks Foundation)
Alison Duncan, Alison Duncan Design
Todd Hittle, Abingdon Square Conservancy
Hannah Gall, Partnership for Parks (City Parks Foundation)
Nick Guntli, The Horticultural Society of New York
Joseph Mayock, Abingdon Square Conservancy
Christopher McCarthy, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
Ayenth Mejia, Partnership for Parks (City Parks Foundation)
George Pisegna, The Horticultural Society of New York
Bradley Romaker, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
Leah Worrell, Partnership for Parks (City Parks Foundation)
Namshik Yoon, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation