Playground Committee


The Hudson River Park Friends Playground Committee, a first of its kind, is a group of parents working to promote and support everything Hudson River Park has to offer, especially as it relates to children. By raising awareness and advocating for the Park, it provides families with young children with a new way to become involved.

The Playground Committee works to gather support from the local community and raise funds for:

PLAY AREAS: The Park’s innovative Play Areas provide safe and imaginative environments for exercising, playing and making friends. Funds help renovate, maintain and care for the playgrounds, a top priority for Park staff. Ongoing repairs are continual due to regular wear and tear from enthusiastic and rigorous play, and major renovations are needed on each Playground about every 10 years.

SPORTS: Our Park is home to some of the most heavily used recreational fields in Manhattan, accommodating a wide variety of sports, including soccer, lacrosse, football, rugby and baseball. Support for resurfacing tennis courts, repairing turf, replacing basketball nets, reseeding fields and carrying out all the other required maintenance will ensure that our children and families enjoy the proper grounds and equipment to practice their sport.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS: Whether it is providing educational school field trips, summer camp sessions or enrichment activities for children, the Park’s fun and hands-on learning experiences transform our mission of environmental stewardship into a community affair. The Committee’s funds help fulfill our mission to educate children and family on the rich history, ecology and wildlife in our nearly 550-acre back yard.

EVENTS: Providing a wide range of free or low-cost recreational programs and events throughout the year, especially for children, has always stood amongst the Park’s proud achievements. Funds help to pay for staff, tents, equipment and the remarkably talented artists and educators who bring joy to so many children and families each year.

The Park receives no government funds for its operations, maintenance or programming, which are instead supported by limited revenues generated from within the Park and private donations. Making a gift to the Park’s Playground Committee ensures our children have a fun and safe experience at the Park.


With your $2,500 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 benefitting 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

Checks, payable to Hudson River Park Friends, may be sent to:

Hudson River Park Friends
305 7th Avenue, 12th Flr
New York, NY 10001

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Playground Committee Luncheon
Friday, January 24, 2020

Current, Pier 59 at Chelsea Piers in HRPK


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)


Jessica Aaron
Darian Ablon
Katie Pozycki Alonso
Wendy Amsterdam
Rati Bagai
Sarah Barnett
Jasmine Barr
Lindsay Blank
Jill Bouquard
Alyssa Brody
Danielle Brown
Allison Buan
Natasha Caronna
Kristin Cederholm
Sonal Chopra
Shelby Cinelli
Jessica Contrastano-Rahn
Elizabeth Cox
Katie Currie
Coral Dawson
Deborah DiVito
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
Emily Onkey
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
Jessica Stark
Katie Vanpelt Stein
Janna Stern
Bridget Streicker
Zara Tisch
Karly Urata
Xavier Van Degna
Nichole Verbit
Jenny Vorhoff
Christine Walsdorf
Alyssa Wand 
Chelsey Ward
Melissa Wasserman
Michelle Waugh
Tracy Weiner
Sara Whitney
Katerina Williams
Ilysa Winick


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