KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM
Producer and Host: Abigail Adler
Guest: Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers is a landscape historian, landscape preservationist and writer, who is also credited with saving New York City's Central Park… and that's the title of her newest book, - Saving Central Park, A History And A Memoir.
Beginning in 1980 Rogers rallied city leaders, politicians, financial backers, and citizens to resuscitate the majestic 843 acre park in the center of Manhattan. Rogers was appointed Central Park Administrator beginning 1979 and in 1980 she formed the Central Park Conservancy. It was the first public- private park partnership in the united states and became the model for parks throughout the country.
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers is the president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she majored in art history. She then went on to earn a masters in city planning from Yale.
Rogers is the author of ten books including Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History, Frederick Law Olmsted's New York and Learning Las Vegas: Portrait of a Northern New Mexican Place.
Rogers was born in San Antonio, Texas, and moved permanently to New York in 1964. Rogers spends part of the year in Santa Fe, NM.
There is a plaque honoring Elizabeth Barlow Rogers in Central Park on the path leading to Summit Rock.