Our Commitment to Utica

For more than 20 years, we’ve been planting trees, planting flowers, preserving park features, providing critical maintenance assistance to the City of Utica, cleaning parks, and raising awareness about our parks' rich resources and unique heritage, and will continue to do so for the good of our community.

Our Commitment to Our Parks

Our parks exist for everyone to enjoy and provide people nearby with a place to gather, play, exercise, and enjoy nature—for free. We will continue to ensure that Utica’s parks and their benefits are preserved for generations.

Our Commitment to Our Tree Canopy

We also believe that our trees and natural environment are critical to the health and well-being of our residents. Our work will continue to focus on preserving our tree canopy and protecting our natural environment in the parks and beyond.

GreenUtica Milestones

GreenUtica History 2002



GreenUtica Masonry Restoration


Masonry Restoration in F.T. Proctor Park

In 2006, GreenUtica helped restore the stonework for the Lily Pond, bathhouses, and many staircases throughout the park.

GreenUtica History 2008


Utica Parks & Parkway Listed on National Register of Historic Places

GreenUtica (formerly Central New York Conservancy) led the effort and was successful in having Utica's parks and parkway listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

GreenUtica History Peony Garden 2013


Peony Garden Created on Memorial Parkway

Located at the corner of the Parkway and Mohawk Streets, this oasis of calm was created in 2013 in memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Canfield, an avid supporter of the parks and the Conservancy.

GreenUtica Shaheen Garden Gallery


Shaheen Memorial Garden Established

In honor of the Shaheen Family who donated the land and office building to the Conservancy, the Memorial Garden was planted next to the office at the gateway to the Parkway in 2017.

GreenUtica Restoration of Historic Bridges 2018 to 2019

2018 - 2019

Restoration of Historic Bridges at F.T. Proctor Park

From 2018 to 2019, the restoration of two historic bridges at F.T. Proctor Park took place. The bridges allow park visitors, as well as emergency or maintenance vehicles, to traverse the park.

GreenUtica Peace Garden in F.T. Proctor Park 2021


Phase 1 of the Peace Garden in F.T. Proctor Park is completed

Phase 1 of the Peace Garden in F.T. Proctor Park was completed in 2021 and was developed in partnership with Indivisible Mohawk Valley, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica, the Interfaith Alliance of Greater Utica, and the City of Utica.

GreemUtica 20-Year Anniversary of the Conservancy 2022


20-Year Anniversary of the Conservancy

GreenUtica Announcement 2023


Announcing GreenUtica (Utica Parks Conservancy). The CNY Conservancy is rebranded as GreenUtica to lead the preservation and beautification of Utica’s parks and natural environment to enhance quality of life.