Edgerton Park Conservancy
PO Box 6163
Hamden CT 06517
Contact Information
Address PO Box 6163
Hamden, CT 06517-
Telephone (203) 624-9377 x
Fax 203-624-9377
E-mail info@edgertonpark.org
To encourage and promote horticultural programs and education; To organize, coordinate and support all efforts and activities concerned with the preservation, restoration and enhancement of Edgerton Park.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1972
Former Names
Edgerton Park Center
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair Andrew Drabkin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $125,730.00
Projected Expenses $124,850.00
Mission To encourage and promote horticultural programs and education; To organize, coordinate and support all efforts and activities concerned with the preservation, restoration and enhancement of Edgerton Park.

A green space jewel set on the Hamden/New Haven border, Edgerton Park became a part of the New Haven park system in 1965 when it was contributed to the City by Frederick Brewster.

Seven years later the Edgerton Park Conservancy was formed to encourage and support gardeners and park users. Over the years that initial purpose was expanded to include preserving the park, supporting environmental awareness and enhancing the connections between nature and the arts.

Restoration, tree care, and educational programs in Edgerton Park are made possible by the members of the Edgerton Park Conservancy, Inc., a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to the needs of this public park and its users.


The 22 acres making up Edgerton Park were given to the City of New Haven in 1965. Eli Whitney was the original owner of the property and it was later given to his niece Caroline Whitney. She lived on the estate in a grand Victorian house called “Ivy Nook.”

In 1906, the property was sold to Frederick F. Brewster, a New Haven industrialist, who tore down “Ivy Nook” and replaced it with a Tudor style mansion named “Edgerton,” for its location on the edge of town. The house and its grounds, designed by Robert Storer Stevenson, were completed in 1909 as a wedding present to Brewster’s wife Margaret. The estate was
intended as a retreat from the industrial city. The grounds were re-designed in the style of 18th Century English landscape gardens, to reveal both natural and man-made vistas. In 1957 Brewster’s will stipulated that the house be demolished and the grounds be given to the City of New Haven for a park after his wife’s death.

Although the main house was destroyed, the original wall, greenhouses, carriage house, gatehouse, and bridge are still standing. Edgerton Park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. As you walk through the park you will notice other remnants of the estate still in use.


Past year:  Top achievements this past year:

  • Removed many invasive plants and trees from the Park.
  • Planted shrubs along the garden path to prevent soil erosion and restore the original horticultural plan of the Brewster estate.
  • Repointed sections of the stone wall surrounding the Park.
  • Renewed contract with G.R.O.W.E.R.S. for use of the greenhouses by individuals with disabilities.
  • Offered a series of musical concerts in the Park to celebrate the Park's 50th anniversary.

Organization’s most pressing needs:

  1. Control erosion -- for collapsing service road, retaining walls, sunken drains, eroding hillsides. Engineering report will estimate costs.
  2. Volunteers are always needed for events, grounds, and docent program.
  3.  Replant trees and shrubs lost over time--est. cost $15,000.
  4. Restoration of stone wall surrounding the Park:  $5000 per bay; restore pedestrian bridge in the Park:  $2,000,000 est.
CEO Statement
Edgerton Park Conservancy is a completely volunteer board that goes far beyond the usual establishment of policy.  Board members weed the grounds, rake leaves, water newly planted trees, design the website and printed materials, solicit sponsors for Sunday in the Park, work at the many activities during Sunday in the Park.  
Board Chair Statement
The major challenge facing Edgerton Park Conservancy is raising funds to restore and maintain the physical plant and grounds of the estate that was donated to the city of New Haven.  The buildings and other improvements are 100+ years old and were built with unique materials.  Many trees and plants have reached the end of their life cycle.  Severe weather and vandals have taken their toll as well.  The Conservancy is an all volunteer board and has no professional staff, such as grant writers. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Environment / Botanical Gardens & Arboreta
Secondary Organization Category Recreation & Sports / Parks and Playgrounds
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Areas Served
New Haven
Edgerton Park is open daily to everyone.  Visitors from the Greater New Haven Community visit the Park daily.  Visitors from all over the country also come to the Park from time-to-time. 

Greater New Haven and Hamden residents with a range of gardening experience enjoy raising vegetables and flowers in the Edgerton Community Garden. Besides an enthusiasm for gardening and a desire to be a part of a gardening community, prospective gardeners are committed to the upkeep of their plots and fulfill a 2 hour community work requirement during the growing months. Those lacking experience are given instruction and advice throughout the season. An annual rental fee of $35 and membership to the Edgerton Park Conservancy are required.

Population Served / /

The Community Greenhouses are among the many delightful legacies of the old Brewster estate. The Edgerton Greenhouses are located just off Whitney Avenue at 75 Cliff Street at the Hamden-New Haven line, and include the Sarah T. Crosby Conservatory, which houses a collection of plants from various parts of the world. It features a rainforest exhibit, a dry landscape and a beautiful exhibition of orchids. A Community Rental Greenhouse program in Edgerton Park was established in 1981 to provide area residents with winter gardening opportunities from October to June. The Conservancy accomplished major renovations to the four-wing greenhouse complex over a seven-year period starting in 1993 with masonry restoration in the Crosby Conservatory. By 1998 2 wings with 200 spaces were serving the Community Greenhouse program. At present, the south wing, which is humidified, is ideal for growing orchids, while the dry east wing is used for tropicals and indoor plants.


A grant finances material for tours and volunteer docents provide an introductory science and environmental tour of the Conservatory to New Haven public school children, at no charge.

Population Served / /

Held in September 2016 for the 28th year, this all day event entertains children and families who come to the Park to enjoy games, dances, rides, sales, food and many other attractions, and just a great day in good company in beautiful surroundings. More than 150 volunteers and many generous sponsors and supporters help to make the day a success, raising tens of thousands of dollars that will be used to restore and maintain this beautiful public park.

Population Served Families / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) /
Description The Carriage House and gardens are available for weddings and horticultural association meetings at a modest rental fee. Please plan ahead because the calendar is crowded.
Population Served / /
CEO/Executive Director
Email parkfriend@aol.com
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 400
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Board Chair
Andrew Drabkin
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term June 2014 to June 2016
Email andrewdrabkin@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Mary Ann Bonenburger Community Volunteer
Jenny Byers Community Volunteer
Betsy Caires Community Volunteer
David Chen Community Volunteer
John Deming Community Volunteer
Margaret DeVane Community Volunteer
Victoria DiSesa Community Volunteer
Heather Dostert Community Volunteer
Sean Duffy Community Volunteer
Louise FitzSimons Community Volunteer
Judi Freudenburg Community Volunteer
Frances Giffin Community Volunteer
Carrie Hammie Community Volunteer
Lee Heston Community Volunteer
Angie Hurlbut Community Volunteer
George Jones Community Volunteer
Molly LeVan Community Volunteer
Nancy MacGregor Community Volunteer
Charlotte Murphy Community Volunteer
Nancy Niemi Community Volunteer
Irma Passeri Community Volunteer
Elizabeth Possidente Community Volunteer
Douglas Rhoads Community Volunteer
Anne Schenck Community Volunteer
Kate Smith
Bonnie Sullivan Community Volunteer
Betty Trachtenberg Community Volunteer
Martha Venter Community Volunteer
Lita Wright Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 28
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 24
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
CEO Comments
Restoration, tree care, and educational programs in Edgerton Park are made possible by the members of the Edgerton Park Conservancy, Inc., a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to the needs of this public park and its users. 
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2012
Fiscal Year End June 30 2013
Projected Revenue $125,730.00
Projected Expenses $124,850.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201020092008
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$51,020$29,852$34,083
Investment Income, Net of Losses$473$4,956$6,312
Membership Dues$10,689$6,645$11,115
Special Events$28,852$32,100$29,651
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201020092008
Program Expense$83,716$139,716$126,154
Administration Expense$12,869$8,261$12,663
Fundraising Expense$23,272$15,061$16,132
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.070.720.71
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%86%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue28%19%24%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201020092008
Total Assets$125,056$116,453$162,305
Current Assets$125,056$116,453$162,305
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,050$1,050$1,050
Total Net Assets$124,006$115,403$161,255
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201020092008
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201020092008
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities119.10110.91154.58
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201020092008
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation.  The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address PO Box 6163
Hamden, CT 06517
Primary Phone 203 624-9377
Contact Email info@edgertonpark.org
Board Chair Andrew Drabkin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer


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