Edgerton Park Conservancy
PO Box 6163
Hamden CT 06517-6163
Contact Information
Address PO Box 6163
Hamden, CT 06517-6163
Telephone (203) 624-9377 x
Fax 203-624-9377
E-mail info@edgertonpark.org
Web and Social Media
Greenhouses in the fall
Springtime at Edgerton Park
Sunday in the Park
Mission

The mission of EPC is to encourage and support all efforts and activities concerned with the preservation, restoration and enhancement of Edgerton Park, to sponsor horticultural education and programming, and to promote the park as a place for use and enjoyment of the general public.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1972
Former Names
Edgerton Garden Center, Inc.
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair Jenny Byers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

The mission of EPC is to encourage and support all efforts and activities concerned with the preservation, restoration and enhancement of Edgerton Park, to sponsor horticultural education and programming, and to promote the park as a place for use and enjoyment of the general public.

Background

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.

Impact Completed projects in 2017–2018
• Greenhouse Bathroom Renovation Added a second stall while maintaining accessibility
• Pollinator Meadow Established in lower field; invasive plant removal and suppression
• Trees Planted seven new trees in collaboration with URI, major tree work throughout the park, natural treatment of woolly adelgid on hemlocks
• Community Gardens Repair to fencing downed by March 2018 storm
• Carriage House Restoration of outdoor and indoor light fixtures, indoor painting
• Greenhouse Painting; carpentry, glass, door, masonry repairs; glass cleaning; security system and lighting; shade cloths
• Stone Repair Restoration of staircase, seating nook, and cellar retaining wall (4-year project)
• Graffiti Removal Wall and bridge
• Chickens Purchase of additional chickens for the coop
• Strategic Plan Writing completed on 5-year strategic plan
 
Newly Launched Outreach Projects
• Garden Lecture Series Next lecture on April 25, 2019 at 7 pm > “To Bee or not to Bee”
• E-newsletter Sign up!
• New Park Brochure Created with updated tree map available at park entrance boxes
• Display Cases Updated background art for park entrance boxes
• Conservancy Library Cataloging and promotion as community resource
Needs

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
Hamden
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. 
Programs
Description

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 / /
Description

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 / /
Description

Held in September 2018 for the 31st 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
Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Email parkfriend@aol.com
Staff
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
Jenny Byers
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term June 2014 to June 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Jenny ByersCommunity Volunteer
George H. Davis
Andrew Drabkin
Sean DuffyCommunity Volunteer
Louise FitzSimonsCommunity Volunteer
Frances GiffinCommunity Volunteer
Meg Griscom
Carolyn Harriston
Lee HestonCommunity Volunteer
Diane Holsenbeck
Angie HurlbutCommunity Volunteer
George JonesCommunity Volunteer
Zoe Keller
Jean Maatta
Nancy MacgregorCommunity Volunteer
Nancy NiemiCommunity Volunteer
Alex Pisha
Douglas RhoadsCommunity Volunteer
Anne SchenckCommunity Volunteer
Paul Tipton
Eliza Shaw Valk
Lita WrightCommunity Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 15
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
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.  EPC continues to maintain the structures it restored:  the greenhouse complex, carriage house, barn, fountain, perimeter wall.  EPC seeks grants to restore the beautiful, historic pedestrian bridge built in 1909 as part of Robert Storer Stevenson's original estate plan.  Edgerton Park is on the National Historic Registry.  The bridge is the one remaining structure waiting for restoration, which will require significant funding.
 
Financials
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
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS letter
Detailed Financials
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 -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
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. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. 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 065176163
Primary Phone 203 624-9377
Contact Email info@edgertonpark.org
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair Jenny Byers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer

 

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