World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Sakura Park

Article Id: WHEBN0015454255
Reproduction Date:

Title: Sakura Park  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Claremont Avenue, Morningside Heights, Manhattan, Gorman Park, Playground 52, Willowbrook Park
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Sakura Park

Sakura Park
Looking downtown, the gazebo in the foregrouind and the tower of Riverside Church behind it
Type Urban park
Location Manhattan, New York City
Area 2.067 acres (0.836 ha)
Operated by City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation
Status Open all year

Sakura Park is a public park, located at the northern-tip of Morningside Heights, New York City.[1] Sandwiched between Riverside Church on the south, the Manhattan School of Music on the east, Grant's Tomb on the west, and International House on its northern side, it is a small, but historic, piece of the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation system.

The tōrō given to the City of New York by the City of Tokyo, with the International House of New York in the background

The park was originally called Claremont Park after the avenue on its east side, but renamed in 1912 after the Committee of Japanese Residents of New York donated 2,500 cherry blossom trees to the city.[2][3][4] The land, originally owned by John D. Rockefeller and purchased by the City of New York for use as an extension of Riverside Park, was landscaped with financial support from Rockefeller, over a two-year period starting in 1932. Directly to the east is Claremont Avenue, which is dramatically lower in elevation, and resulted in a buttressed retaining wall being built during the period that extends the length of the park.

In 1960, another gift was given to the park, this time by the City of Tokyo in the form of a tōrō, when New York became her sister city. Former Crown Prince and current Emperor of Japan, Akihito, was in attendance during the official dedication on October 10 of that year. Crown Prince Akihito would later rededicate the tōrō with his princess in 1987.[5]

The park boasts a bronze statue of General Grant's Tomb across Riverside Drive and thus it appears Butterfield is looking at the tomb of his fellow Civil War general and the president in whose cabinet he served.

The landscaping is dominated by two walks lined with mature linden trees, the branches meet overhead forming a leafy arcade. Between the two walks is a lawn, headed by a gazebo and planted with cherry trees. When the cherry trees bloom, people of Japanese ancestry come to celebrate Hanami and spread picnic blankets under the trees. The cherry bloom is preceded in spring by bulbs, beginning with snowdrops and continuing through tulips.

See also


  1. ^ "Sakura Park - Historical Sign". New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Sakura Park". Consulate General of Japan in New York. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  3. ^ "Cherry Walk - Historical Sign". New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  4. ^ Simons, Justine (12 April 2012). "Gifts From Japan, Less Celebrated in Manhattan". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ French, Howard W. (October 10, 1987). "Japanese Prince Visits Harlem". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.