06.22.20: Our playgrounds have reopened! Please remember to wear your mask at the park whenever you are in close proximity to other people. Thank you.

05.04.20: The NYC Parks Department has begun work on our lawn this week, and it will be closed for several weeks. The garden paths in the park will remain open during this time.

Please visit NYC Parks for the latest updates. Stay safe, everyone. We hope to see you in the park again soon!


It’s My Park Day

04.03.20: This event has been postponed. Please check back for our new date.


2020 Concert Series

Live music in the park… Thursdays, 5:30pm!

June 4: Rolie Polie Guacamole
June 11: Jonny Hirsch Band
June 18: Astrograss


Ladybug Day 2020

Saturday, June 13
11am – 12pm

Help us release ladybugs to help keep our park green and healthy!




Donations to support the garden are tax-deductible.

The Friends of Washington Market Park group planned and produced a butterfly garden for our favorite park. We hope to make the park a welcoming stop for butterflies – some of which are endangered in NY state – and educate the community in the process. The garden beautifies an otherwise unplanted area of the park and provides an educational opportunity for children and adults alike to learn about butterflies, their life cycles and the plants with which they interact.

Parks Department Gardener Richie Haugland developed the master plan for the butterfly garden (layout shown below.)

Funding was secured in autumn 2016 with the help of local families, the Park’s Department and Partnership for Parks.

The Butterfly Garden of Washington Market Park was planted in May and June 2017. Our campaign was run in three phases:

launched October 24, 2016… COMPLETED OCTOBER 31, 2016

During phase one we raised $1500 to fund plants and signage for The Butterfly Garden. We were awarded  $750 in matching funds as part of the Partnership For Parks Matching Grant Challenge with ioby!

launched October 31, 2016… COMPLETED DECEMBER 31, 2016

During phase two we worked with the NYC Parks Department to select fencing for The Butterfly Garden and its paths.

launched January 1, 2017… COMPLETED JUNE 29, 2017

During phase three, the Parks Department installed the garden fencing and pathways while we developed garden signage and purchased and installed plants and soil amendments. Our Butterfly Garden is open now!


With The Butterfly Garden at Washington Market Park we hope to benefit butterflies in New York City, create an educational feature for the community, and beautify Washington Market Park all at the same time. We hope you’ll join our campaign by contributing, spreading the word and visiting the garden and its pollinators next spring and beyond!



Plants planned for The Butterfly Garden:

Tickseed – Coreopsis grandiflora
Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
Salvia – Salvia nemorosa
Beeblossom – Gaura lindheimeri
Catmint – Nepeta faassenii
Gayfeather – Liatris spicata
Cardinal Flower – Lobelia speciose
Butterfly Bush – Buddleia
Milkweed – Asclepias
Coneflower – Echinacea
Butterfly Weed – Asclepias Tuberosa
Goldrenrod – Solidago sempervirens

as well as assorted annuals


More information about butterflies and pollinators:

North American Butterfly Association

Butterflies and Moths of North America

Monarch Butterflies by Journey North

NOVA: “The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies”

American Museum of Natural History: “The Butterfly Conservatory”

New York Botanical Garden: “Butterfly Gardens”

New York State Conservationist: “Butterflies and Moths in New York State”

North American Butterfly Association : “Top Butterfly Nectar Flowers”

Cornell University : “Some Butterflies and Moths”

American Museum of Natural History: “A Pictorial Guide to Some Common Bees of the New York City Metropolitan Area”

The Xerces Society: “Polinator Conservation”

Monarch Watch
Learn how to create “waystations” for monarch butterflies, read about the life cycle of the monarch, and more at this website from the University of Kansas.

Journey North: Monarch Butterfly Migration
Join others and help track the monarch population as the butterflies migrate across North America each year.

Monarch Butterfly Migration and Overwintering
Find out how to participate in citizen science and see information about the North American monarch population at this site from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Monarchs in the Classroom—University of Minnesota
This website, run by the University of Minnesota extension school, provides a variety of resources for teachers and parents.

Hear the latest!