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Madison Square Park Conservancy is responsible for the maintenance of the park’s lawns which are in the process of spring reseeding. While the grass is establishing now, visitors should expect the majority of lawns to be ready for use in late May.  Lawns are open daily for public use starting at 10 AM through 5 PM, weather permitting. Lawns are closed on Parade Days.  Learn more about park hours and rules by visiting our FAQ page.

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What’s Happening in the Park

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May 10, 2024 | Community, Dogs

Meet Toula!

If Toula could tell the visitors of Madison Square Park one thing, she would say I hope you enjoy the park as much as I do!

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May 8, 2024 | Community, News

Meet the Associate Board: Regina Warga

Recently, we sat down with Regina, a native New Yorker, to discuss their connection to the park and why they decided to dedicate their time to the Associate Board.

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April 30, 2024 | Food & Waste, Sustainability

Waste Reduction in Madison Square Park

April may have been Earth month, but sustainability efforts at Madison Square Park are part of our everyday operation.

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April 11, 2024 | Horticulture

The State of our Trees 2023

Each year, our team completes a thorough tree inspection and assessment to determine the health of our trees. This allows us to identify which trees need extra care and which require pruning––a process needed to help us plan for the future

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March 19, 2024 | Horticulture, Sustainability

Spring Garden Practices

Learn how we support biodiversity and maintain the health of our ecosystem here in the park by "cutting back" in the spring.

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February 23, 2024 | Horticulture, Plant Collections

Wonderful Witch Hazels

The genus 'Hamamelis' contains about five species, all of which can be found in Madison Square Park’s Nationally Accredited collection.

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February 21, 2024 | Dogs

Meet Maizey!

Maizey is the 8-year-old Golden Retriever of Mad. Friend Rachel Craft. Discover why Maizey loves Madison Square Park!

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January 17, 2024 | Horticulture

Pruning in the Park

Each January, all trees in Madison Square Park are inspected for structural issues, damage, and preventative maintenance

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December 20, 2023 | Horticulture

The Great Tree Search 2023

Nominate a tree: NYC Parks is recognizing and cataloging the great trees in our city that make up our urban forest

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October 31, 2023 | Community, Park

A Conversation with Ami McKay, author of ‘The Witches Of New York’

In preparation for the spooky season, we connected with Ami McKay, author of The Witches Of New York, to discuss why she chose to set her enchanted Gilded Age tale in and around historic Madison Square Park.

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October 26, 2023 | Community, Dogs

Meet Radley!

Radley is the 4-year-old Brussels Griffon of Mad. Friends Carol “Cookie” and Mike Woltz. Discover why Radley loves Madison Square Park!

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October 4, 2023 | Community

Sukkot in Madison Square Park

Our team met with Rabbi Levi Shmotkin, Director at Chabad for Young Professionals to discuss the sukkah in Madison Square Park.

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September 28, 2023 | Horticulture, Plant Collections

Horticulture Spotlight – Hibiscus

The bright red saucers of Cranberry Crush eastern rosemallow (Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Cranberry Crush’) have been stunning this season.

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August 29, 2023 | Horticulture

Street Trees and Resilient Understory Plantings

The bareness of the soil in the tree wells of our city is caused by many factors, including soil compaction, soils with high pH levels & calcium contents, and, most notably, excrement from our four-legged friends. 

August 7, 2023 | Horticulture, Plant Collections

Cultural Ties to Gardens

New York is a city of small shared gardens, many often found in reclaimed spaces. Private gardens adorn balconies and backyards, while some gardens remain hidden from view on rooftops.

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July 13, 2023 | Community, Sustainability

Plastic Free July

As we begin our campaign here in the park, our staff, partners, and volunteers will raise awareness about reducing single-use and other plastic waste by reusing, donating, and more.

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July 12, 2023 | Dogs

Meet Bailey

Bailey is the 2 ½-year-old Mini Australian Labradoodle of Park Friend Marisa Saccone.

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July 4, 2023

Reenvisioning a Traditional Garden

The combination of summer drought, a warm winter, and extreme fluctuations in temperature stressed plants to the point of death. With extreme weather events becoming more and more common, the Horticulture Team was left to ponder long-term solutions.

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July 1, 2023 | Community, Sustainability

Have a Plastic Free Park Day this July!

Before your next park day, review these tips for reducing single-use waste, and challenge your friends, family, and co-workers to make every visit plastic-free. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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April 24, 2023 | Horticulture, Plant Collections

Celebrating Redbuds

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

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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.

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April 12, 2023 | Dogs

Meet Milo

Milo is a vivacious Australian labradoodle!

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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