The Battery Park City Conservancy (BPC Parks) is a non-profit organization supported mainly by the residents of Battery Park City and its commercial and residential developers, as well as by the Battery Park City Authority. We also receive and welcome generous public donations. Our properties are operated and maintained at no cost to the City of New York.
The conservancy operates nearly 36 acres of open space on the southern tip of Manhattan, including parks and gardens, playing fields, playgrounds, plazas and walkways. All of our land is permanently protected and open to the public.
The master plan for Battery Park City specifies that 30% of the site must be held as open space, not built upon. The project's parks, gardens, plazas, playgrounds and other public places are permanently protected as "mapped parkland" by the City of New York, and are officially considered to be independently operated units of the City park system. Despite the master plan, the Battery Park City Authority has actually built more parks than originally planned. As of today, there are 36 acres of publicly available open space.