Acknowledgements

This report would not have been possible without the leadership and the tireless editorial assistance of Jerome Park Conservancy President Anne Marie Garti. Grants from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (provided through Senator Franz S. Leichter and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz), The New York Times Foundation, and the NYC Environmental Fund made possible the publication of the report. The current historical interest in the Jerome Park Reservoir and the Old Croton Aqueduct in the Bronx owes much to the inspiration and vision of landscape architect Gail Wittwer. Valuable contributions in research and documentation were performed by Karen Argenti, John Bartelstone, Sandra Sider and Heather McDaniel.

Thanks to Daniel J. Donovan of Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer’s Office for reawakening interest in Frederick Law Olmsted’s design of the Bronx, and for his assistance in comparing it with the as-built condition.

Thanks also to Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Joel Miele for his cooperation, and to Douglas Greeley, Eric Axelson, Joe Hadden, Joe McGuire and Rocco Mastronardi for their assistance in accessing the reservoir.

An immense debt of gratitude is owed to Charles E. Beveridge, Editor of the Frederick Law Olmsted Papers, for his seminal research on Olmsted’s design of the Bronx, and his discovery of the drawings fourteen years ago.

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