NEW YORK, NY (May 16, 2018)—The Open Space Institute (OSI) has presented its annual Land Conservation Award to Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky, M.D., an early supporter of OSI’s parks program, for her groundbreaking contributions to restoration and support of New York’s state parks. The luncheon also acknowledged the role of the New York State Council of Parks, of which Dr. Waletzky is chair.
More than 325 people gathered at OSI’s Annual Luncheon, held at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan, to honor Dr. Waletzky. Florence Williams, prize-winning author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, delivered the keynote address. Photos from the event are here.
“Revitalizing our state parks and historic sites not only benefits today’s park users, but also helps to build the next generation of stewards to care for our most beautiful places and the natural world that surrounds us.” said Dr. Waletzky. “I am very grateful to OSI for the partnership we have formed to improve state parks and proud of all we have accomplished together.”