- Our Work
Parks enrich communities. Since we were founded in 2002, GreenUtica, formerly the Central New York Conservancy, has been committed to enhancing the quality of life in Utica by dedicating resources to our parks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20-Year Anniversary of the Conservancy
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.