Last month, The Foundation for Landscape Studies awarded Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond with their Place Maker Award. The Award goes to individuals who "used design, imagination, and horticultural skill to create a park of exceptional beauty." Previous recipients include New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Jack Lenor Larsen, Tom Armstrong, Roger Kennedy, Henriette Suhr, and Mac Griswold.
We're incredibly honored that Josh and Robert were recognized for this award — not just because of its distinction, but because of the support Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, The Foundation's President, has shown to Friends of the High Line from the very beginning.
Her leadership at the Central Park Conservancy has come to define what it means to build a support organization for public parks. She shared her experiences, and taught us the best way to go about advocating for the preservation and construction of the High Line. The time and energy she has dedicated to New York City parks and to the High Line is a true inspiration.
On behalf of all of us at Friends of the High Line: Thank you, Betsy, for your dedication, vision, and support.
Read more via Rogers' article in the spring issue of Site/Lines.