There’s a new way to support the High Line.
The park has been selected as one of 40 historic sites to participate in New York City’s Partners in Preservation, a grantmaking partnership between American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. With your votes, we have a chance to receive critical funding for capital improvements at the High Line.
Here’s how it works: each year, Partners in Preservation travels to a different city to highlight preservation and improvement projects taking place on historic properties, but public voting determines which projects are funded.
Earlier today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express officially kicked off the month-long contest. Between today, Thursday, April 26 and Monday, May 21, you can go to www.PartnersinPreservation.com to cast your vote for the High Line. Log in using your Facebook account, or create a new account for Partners in Preservation.
You’re allowed one vote per day, so you’ve got 26 chances to help the High Line stay spectacular.
If last year is any indication, the High Line will welcome nearly four million visitors in 2012, a level of use that makes it one the busiest public parks per acre in New York City. Each year, Friends of the High Line raises private funding to support more than 90 percent of the High Line’s annual operating budget, which includes every maintenance technician, custodian, gardener, greeter, docent, program staffer, bathroom attendant — every employee you see on the High Line.As the group responsible for long term capital improvements, routine maintenance work, and preventative repairs, we have the enormous — yet rewarding — task of seeing to it that the High Line is maintained with the highest level of care
In addition to support from our members, a grant from the Partners in Preservation would go a long way toward keeping the High Line clean, beautiful, and welcoming all year long, funding maintenance work on the 10th Avenue Square — one of the High Line’s most popular gathering spaces — and several of our high-traffic stairways.
As part of the Partners in Preservation Open House Weekend on May 5 and 6, we’ll be offering free walking tours of the High Line, led by a Friends of the High Line staff member. You can also drop by the High Line Field Station to learn more about the project from our knowledgeable Greeters.
Support the High Line with a few clicks — cast your vote at www.PartnersinPreservation.com today!
Partners in Preservation is made possible by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.