History

Photo Alan Winokur

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HISTORY

Bruce ReynoldsThis garden honors the memory of Bruce Reynolds, who on the morning of September 11, 2001, rushed from his post at the George Washington Bridge into the inferno of the World Trade Center, sacrificing his life to save others.  Read more about him here.

Directors/ Board

  • J. A. Reynolds, Founder/ Director Emeritus
  • Aaron Scott, Chairman/ executive director
  • Rachelle Scott
  • Modesco Maurice Krassas
  • Virginia Arnold

The past 46 years with the help of neighborhood youths and community volunteers IPRP 1970, Inc., founded by
Mr. J. A. and Mrs. Geraldine Reynolds, has been responsible for many substantial renovations and improvements in Isham Park nestled in the Community of Inwood on the northern portion of the Isle of Manhattan. One of which is the creation of the lovely oasis now known as Bruce’s Garden.

To offer educational, horticultural and culturally engaging programming for the community at large and the continued development, maintenance and preservation of Bruce’s Garden, Ginkgo Tree Hill, the Memorial Slope and other areas within Isham Park for the enjoyment of the Community of Northern Manhattan.

Originally called IPRP 1970, INC. WILD & WOODLAND GARDEN, was converted from an abandoned neighborhood dump into its present day communal oasis. City Officials were later convinced by Mrs. Reynolds to replace the well established dog toilet along the front of what is now called Bruce’s Garden (dedicated 2002) with an appropriate sidewalk.  Read more highlights here.

It is common knowledge donations of land were made to the City of New York by the Isham family slightly more than 100 years ago.


Did you know… Isham Park as we know it today, is the direct result of the Reynolds family’s determination to improve the esthetic value and condition of the community? Their efforts span close to half a century.   Read more here…

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J. A. Reynolds     Aaron Scott

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