Stewardship Excellence Award: Halprin Landscape Conservancy
As the first park conservancy focused on the stewardship of a collection of Modernist landscapes, the Halprin Landscape Conservancy has been selected as a TCLF 2017 Stewardship Excellence Award recipient in recognition of its significant achievements – all since its founding in 2006. In 2009, the Conservancy made its presence known with the memorable and enormously successful, “City Dance of Lawrence and Anna Halprin," an NEA American Masterworks music/dance performance, while also publishing the book, Where the Revolution Began: Lawrence and Anna Halprin and the Reinvention of Public Space (2009).
Five years after its founding, and fully recognized in the City of Portland by both the public and public agencies, the Conservancy put in place an agreement for public/private partnerships with the city. The following year it undertook a Conditions Assessment Report for the much-needed restoration of the resources that also served as a springboard for the 2013 listing of the entire Sequence of Open Spaces in the National Register of Historic Places. With an executive director on board since 2013, the Conservancy has worked closely with Portland Parks & Recreation on a wide array of achievements, among them, a complete restoration of the pavilion at Lovejoy Plaza and the trimming/thinning of trees at Pettygrove Park. In 2016, the Conservancy completed a $2.15 million Local Improvement District with matching $1.45 million from the City.