Bryant Park / 34th Street


Saluting Doug Blonsky

Leader of Central Park Conservancy stepping down after 32 transformative years.

New York Times

It’s with mixed emotions that we note the pending retirement of Douglas Blonsky as President of the Central Park Conservancy. While we are sad to see him step down, we also salute his dedication and accomplishments and wish him well.

As President of CPC for 32 of the organization’s 37 years, Doug Blonsky has overseen the remarkable revival of “NYC’s lung,” and as the New York Times points out, “his imprint on the park’s landscape is everywhere” and as he prepares to depart, he is leaving the park “maybe even more pristine than it was when Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux began creating it out of farmland 160 years ago.”

The story of Central Park’s revival mirrors that of our own restoration project at Bryant Park. In the early 1980’s, Central Park was in sad shape – dilapidated, strewn with litter, and rife with criminal activity. With the formation of CPC, the tide began to turn and with Mr. Blonsky’s leadership, Central Park is now an absolute knockout, serving New Yorkers and visitors alike as a place to rest and recreate, and we have Mr. Blonsky and the CPC to thank. The success of CPC demonstrates what enlightened leadership, with strong support from interested neighbors, can do to improve the lives of citizens in densely populated urban neighborhoods. 

We can’t imagine Doug Blonsky resting on his laurels, so wherever his journey takes him next, we wish him good luck and offer our heartfelt thanks for a job well done. 

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