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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:

Play Areas

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. 

A young girl enjoying bubbles at Pier 51's playground


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.

Environmental Education

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. 

Kids pos with fish posters in front of the Intrepid vessel

Family Programs

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. 

A rainbow flag is waving by the singer at RiverKids

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

If you are interested in making a leadership gift or require any assistance with your donation, please contact us at 212-757-0981 x728, or

Playground Committee Leadership

Current Co-Presidents
Rebekah Klipper
Sarah Lambert

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

Jessica Aaron
Darian Ablon
Katie Pozycki Alonso
Wendy Amsterdam
Rati Bagai
Sarah Barnett
Jasmine Barr
Lindsay Blank
Jill Bouquard
Danielle Brown
Allison Buan
Natasha Caronna
Kristin Cederholm
Sonal Chopra
Shelby Cinelli
Jessica Contrastano-Rahn
Elizabeth Cox
Katie Currie
Coral Dawson
Rebecca Dixon
Bethany D’Meza
Rachel Doneger
Jenny Miller Dutton
Jennifer Eatz-Kass
Rachel Fayman
Cara Feldman
Courtney Flint
Kerianne Flynn
Jyoti Folch-Berman
Amanda Frank
Alexandra Sorokolit Frankel
Jocelyn Gailliot
Natalia Giannou
Rachel Apfel Glass
Dara Godfrey
Tracy Goodwin
Emily Heitner
Alexis Herron
Laura Hunt
Shabrina Jivraj-Kara
Catherine Juracich
Ashley Kadakia
Elizabeth Keating
Gail Kegolis
Julie Hackler King
Courtney Klipper
Rebekah Klipper
Ali Knopman
Deepa Kumaraiah
Sarah Lambert
Marisa Leister
Liz Libre
Alexis Litman
Sara Maggio
Kate Durling McCormack
Heather McDowell
Lindsay McKnight
Elizabeth McNellis
Ana Meier
Sara Jane Mercer
Eileen Michael
Jennifer Miller
Jocelyn Laporte Moodie
Melissa Muken
Jessica Murphy
Janie Carlton Myers
Paige Nelson
Lauren Silverstein Netter
Romy Newman
Jessica Ogilvie
Marlaine Olinick
Taylor Olson
Allison O’Neill
Cristina Orchulli
Amy Pack
Hannah Peck
Lisa Pensabene
Elizabeth Pepperman
Kim Pillemer
Shannon Portell
Meriwether Powell
Britt Power
Grace Ramsdell
Amber Roberts
Parisa Sahay
Lauren Salem
Katherine Salyi
Kaylene Sams
Tamra Sanford
Alexa Scanlon
Naomi Schoenkin
Haley Schwartz
Sejal Shah
Megan Walsh Shaoul
Morgan Shara
Randi Sidikaro
Lauren Silverman
Erin Silvers
Alison Simpson
Jillian Simpson
Mignonne Smith
Megan Stackhouse
Katie Vanpelt Stein
Janna Stern
Bridget Streicker
Zara Tisch
Karly Urata
Xavier Van Degna
Nichole Verbit
Christine Walsdorf
Alyssa Wand
Chelsey Ward
Melissa Wasserman
Tracy Weiner
Sara Whitney
Katerina Williams
Ilysa Winick

Honorary Members
Nell Diamond
Lydia Fenet
Jenna Bush Hager
Chau Prutting
Jenny Mollen
Emilia Bechrakis Serhant

Initiatives & Events

Trees shade Park visitors in Tribeca

The Playground Committee Giving Tree dedication program is designed to inspire and encourage current Playground Committee members and like-minded Park lovers to support Hudson River Park Friends throughout 2020.

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.

Kids chase bubbles as the sun goes down

This beloved annual event kicks off summer with BBQ, festive cocktails and kids entertainment along HRPK’s sparkling waterfront, proceeds supporting all that the Park provides families and children.