Ten Years of Investment in Urban Parks January, 2017
Ten Years of Investment in Urban Parks
The High Line, New York City
Photo Credit: ©Iwan Baan 2011
Ten Years of Investment in Urban Parks
Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto
Photo Credit: Kourosh Javidi

Urban parks form the core of a vibrant cosmopolitan center, providing respite for individual introspection and a forum for social connection. The Tiffany & Co. Foundation believes that parks are the natural treasures of cities, playing an essential role in the urban landscape. This is why The Tiffany & Co. Foundation supported the creation and beautification of parks in major cities worldwide for over a decade.

The development of public green space has the ability to revitalize surrounding neighborhoods and render cities more livable. In an urban landscape, where space is at a premium, the Foundation recognizes parks as vital amenities to city dwellers. A quintessential example of the Foundation’s approach in this area was its early support of the High Line, recognized by National Geographic as “one of the most innovative and inviting public spaces in New York City.” The unique concept behind the High Line’s creation has inspired similar parks through the revitalization of underutilized infrastructure in other cities around the world, as well as the creation of the High Line Network to help these projects’ leaders share knowledge and experiences.

Part of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation’s urban parks strategy also included protecting areas of wilderness in order to safeguard their natural beauty. The case of Cahuenga Peak—138 acres of pristine wilderness adjacent to the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles—is one example. This land was facing the threat of real estate development, but with support from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and others, a successful campaign ensured that future generations will continue to enjoy the iconic views and nature’s splendor right at their doorstep.

The Foundation also supported the rejuvenation of existing parks. In Mexico City, Chapultepec Park is the largest urban park in the Americas, at twice the size of New York City’s Central Park. However, it is also one of the world’s oldest public parks, and some of its features were in need of care. In 2014, the Foundation supported renovation work led by Chapultepec Trust* to restore two iconic landmarks in the park: the Composer’s Passage and the pre-Columbian Xochipilli Fountain.

In 2016, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation concluded its Urban Parks Program. Over the course of the program, the Foundation awarded over $25 million in grants to urban parks, contributing to the enjoyment of these natural spaces by communities around the world. Although the program has ended, its legacy continues through these beautifully designed green spaces. The Tiffany & Co. Foundation celebrates its grantees’ successful work revitalizing cities and giving urban dwellers the chance to experience a natural oasis in their cities.

*The Tiffany & Co. Foundation’s support for restoration work in Chapultepec Park was made possible through a grant to The Resource Foundation.

Ten Years of Investment in Urban Parks
Photo Credits: New York High Line, Richard Green/Alamy; Rose Kennedy Greenway, Jon Bilous/Alamy; Battery East Vista, Paul Myers, Parks Conservancy; Hermann Park, Houston, Natureworld/Alamy; Evergreen Brick Works, Charline Xia, Ontario Canada Collection/Alamy; Griffith Park, Rich Reid.