The Hudson River Park Friends Playground Committee is a group of devoted parents that promotes and supports everything Hudson River Park has to offer, especially as it relates to children, and opportunities to learn, play and grow.
By raising awareness and advocating for the Park, the Playground Committee provides families a way to deepen their engagement with Hudson River Park, from playgrounds and outdoor family activities, to signature events and dedicated fundraisers throughout the year. Learn more about our 2020 initiative, the Playground Committee Giving Tree dedication program.
The Playground Committee supports:
The Park’s innovative Play Areas provide safe and imaginative environments for exercise, play and making friends. Funds help renovate, maintain and care for the playgrounds, a top priority for Hudson River Park.
Hudson River Park is home to some of the most heavily used recreational fields and courts in Manhattan, accommodating a wide variety of sports including soccer, lacrosse, football, rugby, baseball and more.
Whether it is providing educational K-12 school field trips, summer camp sessions or enrichment activities for children, the Park’s hands-on learning experiences make our mission of environmental stewardship a community affair.
Providing a wide range of free or low-cost cultural, fitness and educational programs and events throughout the year, especially for children, is one of the Park’s proudest achievements.
The Park relies on private support for its operations, maintenance and programming. Your membership gift to the Park’s Playground Committee ensures that our children and families have fun, safe and meaningful experiences in Hudson River Park throughout the year and for generations to come.
Show your support for the Hudson River Park Friends Playground Committee
With your $2,500 annual membership, benefits include:
- Member’s ticket to Annual Playground Committee Luncheon
- Family Package to Annual Backyard BBQ
- Donation to Hudson River Park in support of programs and initiatives benefiting families and children
Playground Committee Leadership
President’s Club (Immediate Past Leadership)
Catherine Juracich – President (2014-17)
Lauren S. Netter – President (2017-19)
Bethany D’Meza – Vice President (2017-19)
Playground Committee Members
Katie Pozycki Alonso
Jenny Miller Dutton
Alexandra Sorokolit Frankel
Rachel Apfel Glass
Julie Hackler King
Kate Durling McCormack
Sara Jane Mercer
Jocelyn Laporte Moodie
Janie Carlton Myers
Lauren Silverstein Netter
Megan Walsh Shaoul
Katie Vanpelt Stein
Xavier Van Degna
Jenna Bush Hager
Emilia Bechrakis Serhant
Initiatives & Events
The Playground Committee’s Annual Luncheon celebrates Hudson River Park and the dedicated philanthropists and volunteers who work to ensure the Park’s continued care, growth and success.