Chelsea Waterside Supporters
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
A Message from our Capital Campaign Co-Chairs, Greg and Melissa Wasserman
We have amazing news to announce. As some of you have no doubt already heard, after two years of effort we have successfully closed out the $2.5 million Chelsea Waterside Park Capital Campaign!
Chelsea Waterside Play Area (on 23rd/24th Street and 11th Avenue) has been a prime destination ever since it was built in 2000. This playground has consistently attracted nearby families and children, and is especially valuable to students from neighborhood schools and youth from New York City Housing Authority residencies in Chelsea.
After more than 15 years of rigorous (and lovingly enthusiastic) wear and tear, the Chelsea Waterside Play Area fell into an unfortunate state of disrepair. As you know, several pieces of play equipment have become worn out, including some that were recently removed due to safety concerns. The safety surfacing needs replacement, and many of the water features need major maintenance. It wasn’t practical to simply repair the playground so a decision was made to attempt to completely reimagine and rebuild it.
Friends of Hudson River Park, in partnership with the Hudson River Park Trust, launched the capital campaign (its first ever) in early 2015 to fund the restoration. We originally sought to raise $1.5 million, but over time the budget was increased to $2.5 million to fund the incredible design the capital campaign committee and architects came up with, which excitedly includes an expansion of the playground beyond its current footprint. We have finally achieved that $2.5 million goal, with the final donation coming from Douglas Elliman through Howard Lorber.
Without the creation and support of the newly formed Playground Committee (amazingly only two years old), Friends could not have successfully pulled off this important project. Many of you dedicated your time, energy, connections and financial resources to make the transformation of this play area a reality. More than $100,000 of the total came from the silent auctions at the Playground Committee luncheons alone, and a substantially larger amount came from Playground Committee members, either directly or through introductions and contacts. We should be very proud of this accomplishment! We couldn’t do the good work we do for children and families across the west side of Manhattan and New York without you. Helping to pull off projects like this is the entire reason the Playground Committee was formed.
Plans to start construction will begin this fall. Attached is the latest presentation and renderings of the new design. We think this will become a destination playground and easily one of the best ones in the city. More to come on the development of this play area!
Melissa Wasserman, Capital Campaign Co-Chair
Greg Wasserman, Board Member and Capital Campaign Co-Chair
Friends of Hudson River Park Playground Committee; Douglas Elliman Realty, LLC; The Generation Foundation; NY State Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried; NYC Council Member Corey Johnson; The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation; John, Amy, and Erin Clark; Erica & Sam Martini; Sukey & Michael E. Novogratz; Related Companies; The Sadrian Family and Warburg Pincus LLC; Yanina & Alex Sapir; Piper, Henry, Mayer & Goldie Shaoul; Melissa & Greg Wasserman
Lawson Cady; JDS Development Group &The Fitzroy; Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Ingrid Arneberg & Will Marin; The Asher Family; The Mehas Family; Mangus FX McDonald; Pentagram; Kim & Dan Pillemer; The Sheetz Price Family; Whole Foods Market; Young Woo & Associates
Taggart Abraham; Avenues: The World School; The Bateman Family; The Cederholm Family; Chelsea Market/Jamestown; Connie Fishman; The Litman & Anast Families; Crosby Parks Lockwood; The Moinian Group; Leila & Iman Rahman; Julianna Levi; Melanie & David Shorenstein; Emilia Bechrakis Serhant & Ryan Serhant; Wooden Nickel Foundation