Duane Park, purchased by the City of New York in 1797, was the first property acquired specifically for use as a public park. More than two centuries later, the park has been reduced to a traffic triangle at the bifurcation of Duane Street. As Tribeca has evolved from the "dairy district" into a vibrant residential community, interest has grown in this neglected remnant of green.
One of the first successful public-private partnerships between a local community group and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, MNLA's visionary design inspired private donations to match City Council funds. The park layout now evokes the pastoral legacy of the venue's 1887 plan conceived by Calvert Vaux. Today, it plays host to numerous neighborhood family events, and the firm continues to provide consultation on seasonal plantings and maintenance.
Designated in 1797, Duane Park was New York City's first public park.