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Welcome to St. Catherine’s Parkleaf


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.

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Park Facilitiesleaf


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

Park Eventsbutterfly


Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
It’s my Park Day
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Details: 10:00 am to 11:30 am Sammie & Tuddie, face painters, clowns and balloon animals…
10:00 am to 1:00 PM Decorate a flower pot and bring a plant home…
Place: St. Catherine’s Park - 1st Avenue bet. 67th & 68th Streets

June 10, 17, 24
July 8, 15, 22, 29

Songs & Stories
Time: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
For children Birth to 6 Years of Age.
Place: St. Catherine’s Park - 1st Avenue bet. 67th & 68th Streets

Sunday, June 14th, 2015
Free Puppet Show - Tales of Brier Rabbit
First Show - Noon, Second - Show 2pm
Freinds of St. Catherines Park, Puppet Mobile Presents "Tales of Brier Rabbit"
Place: St. Catherine’s Park - 1st Avenue between 67th & 68th Streets.

Friday June 26, July 10, 17, and 24th
Me and My Bean Yoga By Yogi Beans
Time: 9:30 am to 10:30 am
This engaging Yogi Beans class will introduce the most basic yoga postures to your bean in a fun, playful way.
Ages 12 months to 4 years old.
Place: St. Catherine’s Park - 1st Avenue between 67th & 68th Streets.

Sunday, September 20th
Lou Gallo and Jean Rohe From: The Very Hungary Band"
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00pm
Musicians will be performing and interacting with the children; singing, dancing, and telling stories in song. Parent/caregiver participation is welcome.
Ages pre-shool to 7 years old.
Place: St. Catherine’s Park - 1st Avenue between 67th & 68th Streets. in the Ball Field Area

Saturday, October 17th, 2015
IT’S MY PARK DAY
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Details: 10:00 am to 11:30 am Sammie & Tuddie, face painters, clowns and balloon animals…
10:00 am to 1:00 PM Decorate a flower pot and bring a plant home…
Place: St. Catherine’s Park - 1st Avenue bet. 67th & 68th Streets


Past Events

Support St. Catherine’s Parkleaf


Make a Donation

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.
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Adopt-A-Bench

Consider paying tribute to a loved one, friend or a co-worker by Adopting a Bench and helping to improve and maintain the Park.

With a $2,500.00 donation to St. Catherine’s Park, you may sponsor the installation of a personalized message on a plaque for your favorite park bench. Inscriptions on the plaques are restricted to simple memorial or commemorative messages of no more than 15 words honoring the donor or the park. A proof of the plaque will be sent to you by NYC Parks. You must approve the proof and return it within two weeks to facilitate installation.

Please download, fill-in, print and return the Adopt-A-Bench form.


Volunteer

Our success depends on your participation! Learn more about opportunities for volunteering with the Friends of St. Catherine’s Park.
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Featured Flowerflower


Lenten Rose, Lenten Hellebore

photoBotanical Name: Helleborus orientalis, Helleborus niger

Family: Ranunculaceae; In spite of their common name, hellebores are not members of the rose family.

Genus: Helleborus

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.