UPCOMING EVENTS

It’s My Park Day


Saturday, May 8
11am – 12pm

Join us for some planting fun!

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Introducing…
our park coloring book!

Now you can bring your favorite park home!
Coming soon: a coloring contest and “meet the artist” event later this year. Learn more!

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Reserve the Gazebo!

 

Our Gazebo may be reserved for small gatherings.

Complete this form and reserve your two-hour slot today!

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Carving Contest 2020

 

Saturday, October 31
Competition was fierce, and the park’s pumpkin patch looked spooktacular! See event photos here.

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Our Coloring Book

Welcome to The Friends of Washington Market Park coloring book!

The book contains 31 pages of original sketches by artist Kristin Reiber Harris, each accompanied by informative text as well as space for budding artists to add drawings and details of their own.
We hope you will enjoy this tour of flora, fauna and park features and join us in the park very soon.

We plan to host a coloring contest and a distanced “Meet the Artist” event later this year. Please check back here and follow us on Instagram for the announcements!

This book is dedicated to Washington Market Park’s gardener, Richard Haugland. We treasure you and the natural wonders you cultivate.


Special Thanks!

The Friends of Washington Market Park would like to thank New York City Department of Parks & Recreation gardener Richard “Richie” Haugland for suggesting the idea for this coloring book and New York-based artist Kristin Reiber Harris for illustrating and collaborating with us to make it happen! Harris and Haugland share a love of nature and met while volunteering at another New York City park.

Kristin Reiber Harris is a teaching-artist and animator telling stories that help families connect to the wonders of the natural world, especially now when we need it the most. Raised on an old farm in Northern Virginia, she loves to be outdoors — a trait her mother noted when she was just a toddler. Kristin has a unique perspective on finding nature all around us, something she proves every day now that she lives in Brooklyn. Her prints and drawings have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums. A devoted arts and environmental educator, she has worked with hundreds of students, and her short animated films have been screened all over the country. Follow Kristin’s work @anim8nature and KristinHarrisDesign.com.

Richard Haugland earned a degree in horticulture studies with a minor in botany as well as a certificate from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens where he is currently an instructor. His gardening mastery has beautified New York City’s parks for 22 years, beginning at Union Square and more recently at City Hall Park, where he was acknowledged for his gardening work with a proclamation from Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Haugland plans and cultivates the gardens of Washington Market Park, leads volunteer planting projects, and shares his enthusiasm and expertise with park visitors every day.

We would like to express our extreme gratitude to the entire New York City Department of Parks & Recreation for the special care and attention they provide Washington Market Park. Their leadership, operations teams, planners, and maintenance staff contribute an incredible amount to the beautiful park our community gets to enjoy every day. We would like to extend special thanks to our dream team, Manhattan Deputy Chief of Operations Ralph Musolino and former Chief of Operations Nam Yoon, who made many of our projects over the last 20 years possible.

Washington Market ART

The Friends of Washington Market Park is pleased to present Washington Market ART. Through this program, the Friends invites artists to create art in the park or inspired by the park. The art is intended to be enjoyed by our community and help ensure that the park remains a dynamic, attractive and educational keystone of Tribeca.