Our Team

From the Friends of Pelham Bay Park
Liz Gonzalez, Friends Member and Past President

Pelham Bay Park is the largest park in New York City, with a 13-mile coastline, salt marshes, shady forests and sunny meadows, a 19th century historic house, the Hunter Island Marine Zoology and Geology Sanctuary, bridle trails, golf courses, bike paths and the only public beach in the Bronx – Orchard Beach.

Since 1992, Friends of Pelham Bay Park has worked with Parks & Recreation to ensure that Pelham Bay Park is used for recreation, education and conservation by present and future generations. We are a diverse group – neighbors, ballplayers, hikers, cyclists, dog owners, horseback riders and history lovers – who care about the park and contribute a range of skills. We recruit, train and supervise volunteers to plant trees, remove invasive plants and maintain the park’s hiking and riding trails. We sponsor or participate in community events such as EarthFest, Pooch Picnic and the Bronx Native American Festival. We raise funds for educational programs, such as the Sensory Garden for special needs children.

Our goal is to help conserve this green space and preserve its natural beauty for everyone to enjoy. Would you like to help enrich the park experience? Join us in caring for this Bronx treasure. Our website will inform you about its history and wildlife, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

From the Pelham Bay Park Administrator
Marianne Anderson

We at Parks are truly excited about the launch of the new Pelham Bay Park website – a joint venture between the Friends of Pelham Bay Park and the Park Administrator’s Office. There’s so much to do and so much to learn about the park. This website will keep you well informed.

This is also a very exciting time at Pelham Bay. We are building new partnerships, expanding our membership and advocacy base and forming an alliance of all who use and love the park. This alliance will support our efforts to get the resources that the park deserves and protect its beautiful landscape, rich history and abundant places to play, relax and recreate.

To be honest, every season is a new, exciting time at Pelham Bay Park. Find out what excites you, get outdoors and enjoy it.

Meet our team:
Nilka Martell, President
Barbara Burn Dolensek, Vice President
Peter Quiñones, Treasurer
Samantha Halpern, Membership Secretary
Amelia Zaino, Recording Secretary
Deborah Wye, Corresponding Secretary
Marianne Anderson, Administrator, Pelham Bay Park, Ex-Officio


Friends members planting at Turtle Cove.