Friends to Honor Charles McKinney, Principal Urban Planner for NYC Parks

Last year's New York Philharmonic Performance in Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, NY.  Photo by Drew Geraci.

Last year’s New York Philharmonic Performance in Van Cortlandt Park. Photo by Drew Geraci.

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park is joining with The Van Cortlandt House Museum to present A Picnic Supper & Concert in Van Cortlandt Park with the New York Philharmonic on Tuesday July 15, 2014 starting at 6pm.  Tickets for the event start at $100 and are available for purchase online.

Our guests will enjoy:
– Round-trip transportation from Manhattan on the Bronx Trolley
– Free parking in Manhattan College’s Parking Garage
– Picnic Supper with Libations under a tent at Van Cortlandt House Museum
– Reserved V.I.P. seating on chairs for the New York Philharmonic Concert on the Parade Ground.

Event Honorees: During the evening, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park will be honoring Charles McKinney, Principal Urban Designer for NYC Department of Parks and Recreation who recently completed a Master Plan for Van Cortlandt Park. The Van Cortlandt House Museum will be honoring Bill Connington. Bios for both honorees are below.

Special thank you to our sponsors:
Platinum: Montefiore Hospital
Gold: Stagg Group
Silver: Riverdale Country School
Bronze: Bronx Tourism Council, Dual Fuel Corporation, Deliotte Financial Advisory Services, Equity One Inc., The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Lehman College, Lemle & Wolff, Inc., Lloyd’s Carrot Cake, Manhattan College, North Riverdale Merchant & Business Association, Riverdale Press, Slome Capital and Skyview Wine & Spirits.
Sponsorship opportunities still available, visit www.vancortlandt.org for details.

For more information:
Christina Taylor, Executive Director of Friends of Van Cortlandt Park
Email: christina@vancortlandt.org
Phone: 718-601-1460.
Website: www.vancortlandt.org

Charles McKinney, Hon. AIA, ASLA
Principal Urban Designer, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
As the Principal Urban Designer for NYC Parks, Charles McKinney is leading the preparation of Master plans for flagship parks. Under his direction, NYC Parks is exploring responses to the design imperatives of the 21st century, web-based planning tools and communication, as well as the role of planning in stimulating community based leadership. Charles McKinney recently completed a 20 year Master Plan for Van Cortlandt Park.

He is the prior Chief of Design at NYC Parks. For four years, he provided design direction for landscape and architecture projects throughout New York City that strengthened the relationship between architecture, landscape, ecology, community, and park operations. The award winning Design Manual for 21st Century Parks was prepared under his direction in collaboration with the Design Trust for Public Space.

He has a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Arkansas, a Master’s in Urban Design from City College; he was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1994.

Bill Connington

Bill Connington is an award-winning actor and writer. He has produced and acted in theater evenings at The Colonial Dames, The Colony Club and the New York Society Library. As a professional actor, he has appeared in theater, tv and film. He is known for his work in Joyce Carol Oates’ Zombie, in a theater and film version. He is slated to shoot an independent feature film in November, a romantic comedy. Bill is also regarded as a leading expert in the Alexander Technique, and recently published the book, Physical Expression on Stage and Screen: Creating Unforgettable Performances with the Alexander Technique (Methuen, 2014). He is a Lecturer in Acting at Yale School of Drama, and has taught at the Juilliard School, NYU and the Actors Studio MFA Program. He graduated from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

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