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The Daily Plant : Monday, September 8, 2008

Marianne Anderson Named Pelham Bay Park Administrator

Congratulations to Marianne O’Hea Anderson, who was appointed as the new Administrator of Pelham Bay Park.

Marianne joined Parks & Recreation in May 1986. After participating in the Parks 40 Intern Program for six months, she worked with the Natural Resources Group, mapping plant communities (a.k.a. “entitating”) in many of the City’s natural areas in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and The Bronx. In 1989, she began a long stint with the Van Cortlandt & Pelham Bay Parks Administrator’s Office, first as Staff Writer, then as Director of Public Information, Volunteer Coordinator, Special Projects Coordinator, and finally Director of Community Outreach.

Throughout her career at Parks, Marianne has written and edited a variety of Parks & Recreation publications, including “Woodlands, Wetlands and Wildlife: A Guide To New York City’s Natural Areas”, the John Muir Nature Trail Guide, and “Native Americans of Van Cortlandt & Pelham Bay Parks” as well as numerous newsletters, articles, and press pieces. As Administrator of the City’s largest park, Marianne will oversee all aspects of its 2,766 acres – not only special events, capital investments, and planning, but also forest, meadow, wetlands and a lone coyote or two. Her intimate knowledge of the park, ease of manner, and dedication to public service will be valuable assets as she helps Pelham Bay Park realize its full potential.

Born and raised in The Bronx (the borough with a capital T), Marianne attended Herbert H. Lehman College where she earned two B.A. degrees in History and Environmental Studies. Marianne and her husband Brian, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Records (and an honorary “Parkie”), have three children: Conor, 19, Emma, 17 and Luke, 5, and live in the Woodlawn section of The Bronx.

“I’m very excited and grateful to Commissioner Benepe on this appointment,” said Marianne. “As a Bronx native and someone who has worked in the park for many years, I know I can make a difference. Pelham Bay Park is truly beautiful and a tremendous asset to the community. I plan on giving the park the attention it deserves, and working hard for its current and future needs.”


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The Orchard Beach Nature Center is currently closed due to construction. Please visit our Capital Projects Tracker to follow this project's progress.

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2018

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