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Since 1997, the Friends of St. Catherine's Park (FSCP), an all-volunteer community group on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, has been dedicated to maintaining and enhancing St. Catherine's Park - the second most visited park per square foot in New York City - located on First Avenue between East 67th and East 68th Streets.

In cooperation with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), FSCP members plant and maintain the gardens, ensure that the playground equipment is kept in good repair and co-sponsor children’s events in the park.

On a weekly basis throughout the growing season, FSCP volunteers inspect and clean flower and tree beds, prune bushes and maintain the park's plantings. FSCP has planted over thirteen thousand daffodils and tulip bulbs, two dogwood trees, and scores of rose bushes and other flowering shrubs in the park gardens. We have also facilitated the planting of 17 trees along East 68th Street between First and Second Avenues by the DPR.

Recent FSCP park improvement projects have included: the installation of an automated sprinkler system, the donation of materials for a park tool shed the purchase of a new park bulletin board, the implementation of a rodent control program (including new, less rodent friendly trash receptacles) and the annual replacement of the sand in the children’s sandbox.

During the summer season, FSCP co-hosts a children’s outdoor book reading program with the East 67th Street Branch Library and supports the DPR summer playground associate in organizing games and art projects. In May and October, FSCP runs the bi-annual DPR "It's My Park Day" at St. Catherine’s Park, featuring planting and flowerpot decorating activities for children, as well as clowns, face-painting and balloon animals.

FSCP is supported by tax-exempt gifts from Upper East Side Institutions, local organizations and residents of the community.

In 2007 NYC Council Member Jessica Lappin secured a grant for FSCP for the creation of this website. Its aim is to keep the community informed of park events and volunteering opportunities and to showcase park plantings currently in bloom.