35 Years: A Celebration Saluting the 91st Street Garden in Riverside Park
Organized by the Garden People, a dedicated band of volunteers working since 1981 to transform a once neglected eyesore into a meticulously tended, beautiful garden that is now a flourishing community asset for the enjoyment of all.
The first official community garden in a NYC park in 1981, the 91st Street Garden has since then inspired more than 80 volunteer sites in Riverside Park and on Riverside Drive that operate under The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and The Riverside Park Conservancy. According to Charles McKinney, Principal Urban Designer, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, the 91st Street Garden is a model of private/public partnership in New York’s flagship parks.
With this celebration the Garden People are showing appreciation for all those whose passion keeps the garden blooming, and for the community of strollers, dog walkers, skaters, bicyclists, photographers and donors whose enthusiasm has helped it mature into a beloved community landmark. It has become a destination in its own right since at least 1998, when it was the setting for the final scene of the romantic comedy hit movie You’ve Got Mail.