DeWitt Clinton Park is located in the former Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan (now known as Clinton), between West 52nd and 54th Streets and 11th Avenue and the West Side Highway. Originally larger than its current size (5.8 acres), the park was designed around 1901 by landscape architect Samuel Parsons, Jr.,as a playground and community garden for children (featuring more than 350 individual plots). The design also incorporated natural elements such as rocks and trees and featured striking views of the Hudson River and Palisades.The driving force behind the park was Frances (Fannie) Griscom Parsons (no relation to the designer), and her name on the box of images held by the Archives of American Gardens has enabled their identification. Over the years the original design of the park has been compromised and modified to accommodate construction, development, and the changing needs of the urban community.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include Fannie Griscom Parsons (park administrator, ca. 1901-1910) and Samuel Parsons, Jr. (landscape architect, ca. 1901-1910).
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of articles about the park and the childrens garden, and additional information.
Garden has been featured in Fannie Griscom Parsons, "The Second Children's Farm School in New York City," Charities: A Weekly Review of Local and General Philanthropy, XI (July-December 1903), pp. 220-223
Garden has been featured in Henry Parsons, Children's Gardens for Health, Pleasure, and Education (New York: Sturgis & Walton Company, 1910)