Community United to Protect Theodore Roosevelt Park was established in 2016 after the American Museum of Natural History released plans for the Gilder Center building expansion into the park that significantly reduced public green space and threatened the community-centered character of the neighborhood.Make Theodore Roosevelt Park a part of your New York City vacation plans using our New York City trip planner.
Since then long-time residents and relative newcomers alike have banded together to pursue our guiding mission of protecting every square inch of public parkland from private development.
We have never wavered from our goal. Our rallying cry is, "Not one tree and not one teaspoon of dirt shall leave our park in the museum's expansion!"
The museum’s proposal calls for an extensive and enormous project. Recommendations made by our members who are architects, builders, landscape designers, physicians, and educators that would meet the museums objectives without devastating the park have fallen on deaf ears.
We respect the museum’s contributions to scientific knowledge and education, but we will not trade our beloved park – a precious resource and treasured landmark in it’s own right – for a glossy, brochure-ready building.
Theodore Roosevelt Park is a place where children learn to ride bikes, neighbors talk under the soaring trees, and dogs play. Its sidewalks have been marked with the chalk drawings of future artists, its gardens a shelter for birds, and people have rested on its graceful benches for generations. It cannot be replaced or recreated once the cement is poured and the steel girders go up.
Please join us to save our park!
Theodore Roosevelt Park Reviews
Close to the American Museum of Natural History. It has nice pathways for walking or running. There’s also a dog run area. Lots of lush green areas for lounging, picnics, or reading, or just enjoying.... more »
It was a decent smallish park right next to the Natural History Museum. Of course it's dwarfed by the Central park right across the street, but it's fairly clean and some decent clientele. more »
The best museum I have ever been in its absolutely fantastic wouldn't miss it for the world. Best day out of my life TWICE. It so vast so many sections it's the place where night of the museum was filmed great museum I was jaw dropped multiple times here it's just absolutely fantastic sdont take my word for it please if you are in the area see for yourself but I'm unaware of the price to get in apologies
Be careful, this IS NOT Roosevelt island. But it is a nice park within walking distance of central park, the Met, the subway, and the nicer areas of Manhattan. Consider going to a deli and picking up lunch, then eating it in this city-center park in NYC.
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