The Battery Conservancy was created in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not–for–profit educational
corporation to rebuild and revitalize the historic Battery. The Conservancy spearheads
these improvements in conjunction with city, state, and federal partners, and with its private
donors, to ensure the realization of The Battery Master Plan.
The front lawn of Downtown and a hub of harbor access and cultural tourism, the 25-acre
space comprises both the historic Battery and Peter Minuit Plaza. Each year, more than six
million people, including residents, office workers, school groups, and tourists from around
the world, visit the park and its major landmark, Castle Clinton National Monument.
The Battery’s expansive lawns, overarching shade trees, Piet Oudolf-designed perennial
gardens, picturesque waterfront promenades, and verdant Urban Farm will soon be joined by
the Battery Garden Bikeway, connecting the East and West sides of Manhattan; the fantastic
SeaGlass aquatic experience; and the Battery Playspace designed by Frank Gehry.