NY4P Newsletter, October 2017

Doug Blonsky Central Park Conservancy

 But great people make great parks:
celebrating Doug Blonsky

This year we are delighted to honor Doug Blonsky, President & CEO of the Central Park Conservancy at our 2017 Party 4 Parks. Doug has been with the Conservancy for over thirty years, playing a key role in its restoration from a place of neglect to the world-renowned public park masterpiece it is today. We’re especially excited to celebrate the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks, which Doug established in 2013 to provide assistance, training, and on-site support to current and aspiring park professionals from across the world, and from across the five boroughs. Learn more about Doug Blonsky, our 2017 honoree.

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