No family in America has done more to conserve natural places than the Rockefellers. And after a century of greatest hits—including the Grand Tetons, Acadia, and the Virgin Islands—they're still not done.
Recently, David Rockefeller announced a $4 million to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation to endow the Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Mount Pleasant.
Rockefeller is 99 now, the only surviving child of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Since 1983, his family has donated more than fourteen hundred acress in central Westchester County to the state, with the intention that the land be enjoyed by future generations. Those gifts have come on top of earlier family gifts in the state, most notably to help create the Palisades Interstate Park. A Rockefeller gift also helped create the Cloisters and Fort Tryon Park.
The $4 million is intended to go toward operating expenses, which means the public can expect to find new environmental programs, capital improvement projects, and other initiatives, such as improvements to the park’s carriage roads and stone arch bridges.
"This funding will ensure that both today's visitors and future generations can enjoy all that the Rockefeller State Park Preserve has to offer," Governor Cuomo said.
Says Rockefeller: "My family has been deeply engaged in the creation of parks throughout this country for more than a century. Our beautiful state park system is an important asset that distinguishes the greatness of New York State and we are proud to have played a role in its development. It is my hope that this contribution will make Rockefeller State Park Preserve more accessible and enjoyable for everyone."