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Madison Square Park Conservancy is responsible for the maintenance of the park’s lawns. Lawns are open daily for public use starting at 10 AM through 9 PM, weather permitting. Lawns are closed on Parade Days.  Learn more about park hours and rules by visiting our FAQ page.


What’s Happening in the Park

Fire In The Sky 6.7.23
June 7, 2023 | Horticulture

Climate Effects in the Garden

Climate change is happening now, and the effects are being seen locally in our park. If we don't confront the causes of climate change today, we will see worsening effects of this unexpected weather year after year.

Random Stuff
May 23, 2023 | Horticulture

Thank You Madison Square Park Conservancy Volunteers

Since last May, Madison Square Park Conservancy volunteers have spent 225 hours working in the Park’s gardens! Our horticulture team is so grateful for this dedicated group of individuals who give their time to our urban green space.

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May 16, 2023 | Horticulture

Go Public Gardens Week

For Go Public Gardens Week gardens will be opening their doors for visitors across America.

April 28, 2023 | Horticulture

Celebrating Arbor Day 2023

This Arbor Day, planting a tree may be more important than ever. This summer, on a hot day, take the time to sit under the shade of a tree and consider all of the benefits trees give us. Trees give us shade and oxygen to breathe, clean our water, actively store carbon, and make us feel good. 

Cercis Canadensis ‘Floating Clouds’ Tree Closeup
April 24, 2023 | Horticulture, Plant Collections

Celebrating Redbuds

Redbuds usher in springtime around the city in a subtle yet striking way.

April 18, 2023 | Horticulture, Plant Collections

Hyacinth Frenzy

This spring, Madison Square Park is sporting a rather hyacinth-focused display. Around the fountain, hyacinths in many colors dazzle in Fibonacci-inspired patterns.

April 12, 2023 | Dogs

Meet Milo

Milo is a vivacious Australian labradoodle!

April 11, 2023

Shahzia Sikander and “Havah…” See Continued Recognition in the Press

Shahzia Sikander’s work continues to see earned praise and attention in the media, and was recently featured in the AMP, and online publication created by the Asian American Arts Alliance. 

April 4, 2023 | Art, News

Art on Tour

One of the questions we often hear at Madison Square Park Conservancy is “what happens to the commissioned works of art following their stay in the park?” The answer lies in an informal network of nonprofit institutions — museums with campuses, sculpture parks, public gardens, and public art programs.

April 4, 2023 | Horticulture, Press

While Early Bloom Brings Joy, the Presence May Signal “A Cascading Effect” (TimeOut New York)

Spring blooms are occurring earlier in the city's parks, and though they're a welcome sight after a gray season, it's also a little unsettling. Our Horticulture team spoke with TimeOut New York to explain why its problematic.

March 14, 2023 | Community

Bat-Lieve It or Not

A year-long study of bat activity in Madison Square Park is now complete.  The purpose of this study was to fill knowledge gaps about bats in Madison Square Park…

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March 14, 2023 | Community, Horticulture

Pi Day

This spring, the horticulture team is celebrating all things math! Fibonacci was the guiding inspiration for the Geometry of Flowers exhibition. Our friend Fibonacci…

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March 13, 2023 | Art

Proposal to Park: Artist Shahzia Sikander

Proposal to Park is a series focused on documenting the progression of project artists’ proposals into exhibitions for Madison Square Park’s public art program. …

March 8, 2023 | Horticulture

Letters to the Trees

For the past three years visitors have submitted their letters in celebration of Madison Square Park trees. These handwritten notes each have their own individual…

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March 6, 2023 | Community

Longtime Conservancy Trustee and Neighbor: Leslie Spira Lopez

This year’s gala will honor someone very important to all of us at Madison Square Park Conservancy. Leslie Spira Lopez has been a pillar of the NoMad neighborhood…

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March 6, 2023 | Community

Daniel R. Garodnick, Chair of the City Planning Commission and Director of the NYC Department of City Planning

Madison Square Park Conservancy is proud to honor Daniel R. Garodnick, Chair of the City Planning Commission and Director of the New York City Department of City…

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February 28, 2023 | Community

Party in the Park: A Longstanding Tradition

Party in the Park, a longstanding tradition, is Madison Square Park Conservancy's annual fundraiser. This event gathers friends and neighbors for a celebratory evening honoring many of our community members, longstanding supporters, and beloved artists.

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February 27, 2023 | Horticulture

A Behind The Scenes Look at “The Geometry of Flowers” Horticulture Exhibition

On November 23rd, Fibonacci Day, the 11th horticulture exhibition was announced! Read on the learn about the planning process. It will be in full bloom for all to see in less than a month!

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February 22, 2023 | Art

Sikander’s “Apparition” is the Park’s First AR Experience

Shahzia Sikander has long brought innovation and experimentation to her work, conceptually, philosophically, and through materials. In her exhibition Havah…to breathe,…

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February 21, 2023

Pathway Construction Update

The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation continue their year-long reconstruction of Madison Square Park’s pavers at the southern end of the park. To date, their…

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February 8, 2023 | Community

Broadway Vision Plan and Worth Square Update

Mayor Adams commits to Broadway Vision Plan in "State of the City" address.

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February 8, 2023 | Horticulture, Plant Collections

Celebrating Witch Hazels

Our park's Witch Hazel Collection made Public Garden Magazine! The Madison Square Park Conservancy is proud to join the Plant Collections Network in introducing visitors to individual taxa, developing accessible horticulture, and creating cultural connections to plants.

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February 7, 2023 | Sustainability

Emily Dickinson, Senior Sustainability Manager, Awarded Grant From Metro Hort Group

Hi, I’m Emily…. the Senior Sustainability Manager at Madison Square Park Conservancy. I help develop programming and online resources that encourage community members…

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January 31, 2023 | Dogs

Meet Cooper

Meet Cooper. A 3-year-old mixed breed of Mad. Friend Jaclyn Berney.

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January 27, 2023 | Horticulture

An Uninvited Guest

Throughout 2022’s summer, New Yorkers united to squash a new invasive pest, the spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula. First documented in 2014, this pest of many…

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January 17, 2023 | Art, Press

‘It was screaming for a female’: Shahzia Sikander on creating a statue of a woman for a Manhattan courthouse (The Art Newspaper)

The artist’s new commission for Madison Square Park and an adjacent court building also includes an augmented reality component

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January 11, 2023 | Horticulture

The Trees of Madison Square Park

Measuring Tree HealthAt Madison Square Park Conservancy, we make every effort to save our trees, if possible, and to increase tree diversity in new plantings within…

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January 4, 2023 | Ecology, Sustainability

Learning More About the Park’s Birds with NYC Audubon

Madison Square Park Conservancy is partnering with NYC Audubon for an exciting series of bird-related programs in the park in 2023.

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January 4, 2023 | Horticulture

The Year In Review 2022: Horticulture

Looking back at 2022, the park was continually filled with horticultural fun! Our Spring Forward, into Summer exhibition, brought the beauty of cutting gardens…

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December 13, 2022 | Food & Waste, Sustainability

The Growth of Composting at Madison Square Park

Come learn more about the strides that the park's composting program has made in 2022 thanks to our parkgoers and GrowNYC.

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