St. Catherine's Park - the second most visited park per square foot in New York City – is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on First Avenue between East 67th and East 68th Streets. Since its reconstruction in 1997, St. Catherine's Park has filled a vital need in this city community. A busy playground that serves children of all ages, as well as a flowering green oasis for families, students, seniors, and employees of local businesses and institutions, St. Catherine’s Park is a unique urban treasure.
In cooperation with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, the Friends of St. Catherine's Park (FSCP), an all-volunteer, non-for-profit community group, has dedicated itself to preserving and enhancing St. Catherine’s Park, planting and maintaining the park gardens, ensuring that the playground equipment is kept in good repair and sponsoring events in the park for neighborhood children.
Park Area: Playground with baby bucket and flat seat swings, climbing equipment, sandbox and slides; elephant sprinklers; benches for reading and relaxation; picnic tables; chess tables; park gardens with flowering plants, shrubs and trees.
Ball Field Area: Basketball courts, hand ball courts/tennis wall, running track, climbing equipment for older children, bike racks for storage during court play time, benches, chess tables, ball field border gardens with flowering plants, shrubs and trees.
Park Hours: 7 AM – Dusk
July 18, 25
August 1, 8, 15
Songs & Stories
For children Birth to 6 Years of Age.
Place: St. Catherine’s Park - 1st Avenue bet. 67th & 68th Streets
Time: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Friday, June 15, 22, 29
Friday, July 13, 20, 27
Nikki Nasto YOGA
Playful and fun, young children with a parent or caregiver, lay the foundation for yoga with animal yoga poses, songs, stories, and games that help develop positive life skills for ages 12 months – 4 years old
Place: St. Catherine’s Park - 1st Avenue bet. 67th & 68th Streets Time: 09:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Please help FSCP assure the future of St. Catherine’s Park as a green oasis in the heart of our neighborhood with your tax-exempt membership contribution.
Our success depends on your participation! Learn more about opportunities for volunteering with the Friends of St. Catherine’s Park.
Botanical Name: Helleborus orientalis, Helleborus niger
Family: Ranunculaceae; In spite of their common name, hellebores are not members of the rose family.
Geographic Origin: The genus helleborus is native to many parts of Europe including Great Britain, Spain, the Mediterranean and Romania and Ukraine. The greatest concentration of hellebores is in the Balkans.
Legend: The common name for Helleborus niger is the Christmas Rose, based on an old legend that the plant sprang out of the snow from the tears of a young girl who did not have a gift to offer the Christ Child of Bethlehem
Description: Hellebores are five-petaled early spring flowering plants in a variety of pink, purple, or white shades. They tend to be frost-resistant and foliage is often evergreen.
Flower Color/ Bloom Period: Hellebores bloom in early spring around the time of Lent, hence their common name.