New Yorkers generally think they know all about Washington Square Park, but do they really? During this walk the Deputy Director of the Washington Square Park Conservancy will take you on a journey through time to learn about the unmistakable people, monuments, and events that have made Washington Square Park the cultural icon that it is today.
Washington Square Park is beloved open space in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village. Spanning 9.75 acres, this iconic Park with its signature arch designed by Stanford White and dramatic central fountain is one of Manhattan’s most popular landmarks. Now in its tenth year, the Washington Square Park Conservancy is a partner of NYC Parks working to ensure that the Park continues as a diverse and historical urban green space through engaging volunteers and raising funds to help keep the park clean, safe and beautiful.
Join Conservancy Deputy Director Sheryl Woodruff for a walking tour of the Park and its role as a crossroads of people, culture, and ideas. Immerse yourself in the history of the space before it was a Park, the development of the square in the early 1800s, changing demographics of the neighborhood and how these populations impacted the space, the bohemian culture of the early 1900s and this generation’s continuing impact on the Park today.
Optional lunch following the walk at Village Taverna on University Place. Contact Martha Ferry (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to join us.
NOTE: The rain date for this event is Thursday, November 3rd.
Space is limited. Participants must register by Noon on October 28th. Instructions will be sent on October 31st
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
Deputy Director of the Washington Square Park Conservancy
Sheryl Woodruff has been working for and in the Village since 2005. She currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Washington Square Park Conservancy. Previously, she worked for Village Preservation, the Paley Center for Media, the Connecticut Historical Society, and the Nathan Hale Homestead. From 2008-2013 she served on the board of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition. Sheryl holds a BA from Boston University and an MA in History from the University of Connecticut. When not working on behalf of Washington Square Park, Sheryl can be found reading any and all genres, hitting the trails, and baking delicious treats.