AUTHORS

Douglas Blonsky has been president and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy since 2004, and has been with the organization since 1985. He ovesees a staff of more than 350 as well as more than 3,000 volunteers. He is also the administrator of the park, appointed by the city of New York in 1998 when the conservancy signed its management contract with the city. The conservancy has the responsibility as general contractor and project manager for all Central Park restoration projects, and Blonsky has been directly responsible for the management of nearly $1 billion of these projects, including many that have received prestigious design awards.

Blonsky has been advising parks groups for decades, sharing management expertise to support other urban parks locally, nationally and globally, and in 2013 established the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks. A graduate of the University of Delaware and Cook College at Rutgers University, he holds bachelor's degrees in plant science and landscape architecture. He is a registered landscape architect in New York state.