Washington Square Park History tour Overhead View

Walk Through Washington Square Park History

We already told you about the guided tour of the flowers of Washington Square Park that took place yesterday with gardener extraordinaire, Kaslin Daniels.

Now we want to let you know about a history-based tour with Sheryl Woodruff, the Community Development Director at the Washington Square Conservancy.

Sheryl is a self-described, “nonprofit junkie, public historian, and a fangirl of protest movements past and present.” She’ll run through the impact community activism has played in the park’s design.

For instance, you can thank the esteemed journalist, author and activist Jane Jacobs campaigned for a car-free Washington Square Park. She famously fought–and won–that battle in the late 50s. (The cover photo to this post shows an auto-friendly park in 1947.)

Sheryl will conduct two hour-long tours this Saturday, May 6th; on at 2:00 p.m. and one at 4. Those interested should meet at Garibaldi Plaza in the park. She’ll be holding a sign so you can’t miss her!

And guess what? The tours are free. You can’t beat that!

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