New York governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a $4 million gift from philanthropist David Rockefeller to the to create an operating endowment for the in Mount Pleasant.
The gift — "one of most significant gifts in the history of the state park system," state officials told the — will fund environmental programming, capital improvement projects, and other initiatives, as well as improvements to the park's historic carriage roads and stone arch bridges, which were built by Rockefeller's father, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Since 1983, the Rockefeller family has donated more than fourteen hundred acres in central Westchester County to the state.
Cuomo also announced that the 99-year-old Rockefeller, who lives nearby on the family estate in Pocantico Hills, plans to donate another five hundred acres of pastures, hayfields, and forest to the state at a later juncture.
"My family has been deeply engaged in the creation of parks throughout this country for more than a century," Rockefeller said. "Our beautiful state park system is an important asset that distinguishes the greatness of New York State and we are proud to have played a role in its development. It is my hope that this contribution will make Rockefeller State Park Preserve more accessible and enjoyable for everyone."