The Battery Conservancy was created in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational corporation to rebuild and revitalize The Battery and Castle Clinton National Monument, the park's major landmark.
The Conservancy spearheads the improvement efforts in partnership with its public and private partners. The Conservancy plays a pivotal role in the future of The Battery, Lower Manhattan, the waterfront, and the quality of community life for residents, workers and visitors. New York City owns and maintains The Battery through the Department of Parks & Recreation; the U.S. government owns and maintains Castle Clinton through the National Park Service; and both are major sites in New York State's Harbor Heritage Area.
Warrie Price, founder of the Conservancy, serves as President, and as the City's Battery Administrator and the State's Harbor Park Director.
The Battery remains one of the oldest public open spaces in continuous use in New York City. American Indians fished from its banks, and the first Dutch settlers built a low, stone wall with cannons, a battery to protect the harbor and New Amsterdam. The transformations of The Battery and that of the Castle tell the history of New York and, by association, the growth and development of our nation.