$1 Million Capital Campaign Underway for Manor Park
by Rob Snedeker, Manor Park Society Trustee and Co-chair
of the Manor Park Capital Campaign Committee
(June 23, 2003) More than two years ago, the trustees of
the Larchmont Manor Park Society started work on a plan to
provide much needed financial resources for the renewal and
preservation of Manor Park and Fountain Square.
Since that time a campaign committee comprised of Society
trustees as well as other concerned local residents has developed
a comprehensive funding program with an overall goal of raising
One-half of the amount raised will be used to repair and
renew various park landscape features and structures, such
as seawalls, paths and the west gazebo, and to provide an
emergency repair fund. The other half will be used to establish
a permanent endowment fund with investment returns dedicated
to the ongoing maintenance and operation of the Park.
Last week Larchmont residents received a campaign mailing
that described the plan and confirmed that contributions of
over $650,000 in the form of cash and pledges have been recently
Dee Brown, President of the Manor Park Society, said, ”We’re
extremely gratified that the campaign has already attracted
such strong leadership support from local residents and businesses.
Manor Park and Fountain Square are irreplaceable assets that
Larchmonters and others have enjoyed for over 100 years. But
the renewal and protection of these resources – which
are privately owned and receive no public funding –
needs to be shared by all who enjoy and use it.”
During the past five years the Manor Park Society annual
operating fund drive has received community wide support.
“That’s a good indication that many do recognize
the Park needs,” noted Brown, who is also co-chair of
the capital campaign committee. “We feel confident that
the information presented in the solicitation package will
bring further understanding of what it takes to protect and
preserve for the long haul. We hope that all will be as generous
as possible and look to a successful completion of the campaign
Note: a copy of this material is available from the Larchmont
Manor Park Society - 834-9304.