We are pleased to share exciting news: Coach has made a $5 million gift to the Campaign for the High Line, a fundraising effort to open the High Line at the Rail Yards and build an endowment to sustain the park’s long-term maintenance and operations. This generous gift, made by Coach’s philanthropic foundation, marks a major step toward opening the entire elevated railway to visitors and sustaining the park for future generations to enjoy.
The company will be the anchor tenant in a Hudson Yards tower that will straddle the High Line at the Rail Yards, resulting in a new semi-enclosed passageway that will be the High Line’s largest covered area when the park opens in 2014. In recognition of Coach’s essential contribution to the High Line and the neighborhood it has served for over 70 years, this passageway will be named the “Coach Passage.”
When you read about inspiring acts of generosity like this one from Coach, it is easy to assume that your own gift may no longer be needed. But please don't forget: We still depend on all of our friends and supporters to maintain and operate the High Line.
Coach’s extraordinary gift will support the expansion of the High Line and help ensure its security for the future, but the day-to-day operations of the park continue to depend on the sustaining support of our neighbors and friends.
As part of our agreement with the City of New York, each year we raise the essential private funding to support 90% of the High Line's operating budget. Custodians, gardeners, educators, mechanics, rangers, technicians—every person you see in the park in a High Line uniform is employed by Friends of the High Line. The City of New York provides for security and utility services, while the rest of the park’s operations budget, as well as the entirety of its administrative budget, are supported by donations secured by Friends of the High Line.
That means when you give to Friends of the High Line, you are helping us make sure that this special public space is always maintained and operated at the high standards we have come to love. We thank all of our members and supporters for their vision in building the High Line, their wisdom in securing its stability for the future, and their ongoing generosity in sustaining it today.