By Kate HoughtonPublished Feb 12, 2018 09:03:00When the Conservancy says it is “confident” the park will be “safe for the future,” many may think it is reassuring to know that there is a dedicated legal team dedicated to protecting the parks historic and cultural values.
The Central Park Conservation Commission (CPCC) is currently conducting an audit of the Conservancies compliance with its land use plan and other park regulations.
But a recent investigation by the New York Times found that the commission failed to conduct any legal due diligence in its initial review of the plan and failed to properly conduct an internal audit of how the park was managed.
The newspaper also discovered that the CPCC had received a $3.4 million grant from the National Park Foundation to conduct the audit, which is the only audit of its land management that was not funded by the Conservans land grant.
The CPCC has said that the grant was not intended to be used for legal proceedings but rather to ensure that the park is managed in a way that preserves historic, cultural and scenic values.
It said that while the audit is not intended for a criminal investigation, the findings are being considered.
In a statement, the CPCT said it was aware of the recent New York newspaper report and was “looking into the matter.”
“As a public trust, the Central Parks Conservancy is committed to protecting historic and scenic property,” the statement said.
“Our work to protect the Central parks is conducted under strict guidelines that ensure that parks are accessible to all, with no barriers in place to restrict the flow of visitors.”
The CPCT does not have the authority to conduct a legal audit of historic properties and cannot conduct an audit for any other purpose.
“The CPBC, the state agency charged with overseeing the parks, also said that it is working with the Parks Conservancies staff and staff of the Central Conservancy to address the issue.
The National Park Association, the trade group representing the nation’s millions of visitors, also released a statement in which it said that its members “continue to support the CPBC’s review of park land management and park services.”
The NPAs statement said that NPAs members support the Conservant’s decision to review park management, including ensuring that park visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the parks natural features and to enjoy an outdoor experience.
The group also said it is concerned that the Conservants actions, including a decision to relocate an exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History from the Central Visitor Center to the Central Visitors Center, will impact visitor experience.”
It is important to remember that the Central park Conservancy and the National Parks Conservant do not have any special legal authority to issue permits to remove historic monuments, buildings, and other historic assets,” the group said.”
In the case of the National Gallery of Art, the Conservations decision to move an exhibit to the museum was based on a legal basis.