Our vision is to promote responsible economic and real estate development along the Bay Street Corridor, that encourages waterfront connectivity and continuity that includes and preserves Stapleton’s rich historic architectural flavor. The Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership encourages public and private partnerships and investment through programs and initiatives that positively impacts the businesses, residents, artists, parks and waterfront along Staten Island’s North Shore.
In the pursuit of sustainable development, communities have much to gain from adaptively reusing historic buildings. The key component to the revitalization of the Stapleton community is securing Edgewater Village Hall that sits on the western edge of Tappen Park. This historic structure is the centerpiece of our urban town square, and a gem within the Stapleton neighborhood and surrounding community. It is essential to consider the larger picture in formulating recommendations for the reuses for the Village Hall to preserve our past, while actively working to build the future of Stapleton.
What We Do
The Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership seeks to encourage public and private investment for the continuous structural and overall beautification of Tappen Park, and is committed to make Tappen Park a public space that helps spur positive economic development of the surrounding neighborhood of Stapleton, and promote a healthier, more social and economically viable community.
In the1830s the iconic Tappen Park was established and is the second oldest public park on Staten Island. It was purchased by the government in 1867, and acquired by the City of New York in 1898 during the consolidation of the greater New York City. Stapleton was the location of several natural springs and during massive immigration from Germany in the mid-19th century, the springs provided the perfect element for beer manufacturing. Many German emigrants settled in Stapleton and established German-American breweries. The breweries would become a major employer on Staten Island for over a century.
In 2010, City Parks Foundation encouraged a small group of local residents, business owners & artists to start a “Friends of Tappen Park” group to program events at Tappen Park. For the past three years, CPF funded the group with grants & technical support with the goal that the group would become a self-sustaining entity, and begin taking the lead on programming events & maintaining the park.
In 2012, the Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership was founded. With three successful years under its belt, the organization still continues to bring thousands of visitors to the park every year; making Tappen Park the active centerpiece of revitalization in the Stapleton Town Center.
Our Core Initiatives and Areas of Focus
The Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership (HTCP) has three areas of focus. Our core programs work hand in hand with our mission to revitalize and promote Tappen Park, and the greater community of Stapleton.
Horticulture & Beautification of Tappen Park
The Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership offers several activities throughout the season to engage the community, and especially our youth that teaches the importance of caring for and maintaining their local park.
- “It’s My Park Day!” Spring & Fall planting
- Peas & Carrots Horticulture Program
- NYC Daffodil Project
Arts, Cultural & Community Park Events
The Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership (HTCP) hosts several events in Tappen Park per year, including events organized by local community groups.
- Stapleton Soap Box Derby
- International Music & Dance Festival
- Oktoberfest/Fall Festival
- Street Games
Community-Based Development Activities
The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) supports the Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership's community-based economic development activities in order to create the conditions under which the Stapleton business district can grow and thrive. To help achieve this mission, along with the financial and technical support from SBS, the Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership builds the capacity of our neighborhood organizations to address economic development issues within our commercial corridor.
- Merchant Organizing: Stapleton Village Merchant Association
- Capacity Building
- District Marketing & Promotions
- Retail Recruitment Program
About Historic Tappen Park
Tappen Park is a small park nestled in the heart of the Stapleton in Downtown Staten Island. In the1830s the iconic Tappen Park was established and is the second oldest public park on Staten Island. It was purchased by the government in 1867, and acquired by the City of New York in 1898 during the consolidation of the greater New York City. It was originally named Washington Park. It is designed in a classic 19th century urban park style and it featured a stream that ran through it. The name of the park was changed to its current name after WWI and dedicated to the memory of Stapleton resident Private First Class James Tappen, U.S. Army, Co. D, 308th Infantry, 77th Division A.E.F. who died in battle on September 28, 1918. Private Tappen received the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in action near Binarville, France. Private Tappen pushed forward alone and against several enemy snipers, who were causing many casualties among his comrades. Private Tappen lost his life attempting to save others.