A Good Neighbor, Stewart's Shops Gives Back to Community with T.R. Proctor Monument Adoption
The Stewart's Foundation (Ballston Spa, NY) has strengthened its commitment to growing strong communities by participating in the Central New York Coonservancy's annual Adopt-a-Monument Program, a part of the Conservancy's efforts to promote healthy, sustainable, public green spaces.
With its $5,000 donation, the 75 year old Dake family-owned Stewart's Shops and related family foundation have become the trustee for the care and maintenance of the T.R. Proctor monument, located on the south side of the Memorial Parkway, between the Parkway Recreation Center and the Utica Zoo.
Designed by George T. Brewster, the Thomas Redfield Proctor Monument was dedicated in 1921 and given by the citizens of Utica. Proctor, a prominent Utica businessman and philanthropist, was recognized for his initiative to develop the park system for the City of Utica and to promote urban improvement and the realization of the "City Beautiful" movement in Utica.
This adoption is not the first time Stewart's has generously given back to our community by giving to the CNY Conservancy. Two years ago, when the Culver Avenue store opened, Stewart's donated $1,000 to plant trees across from their store in F.T. Proctor Park. Six months later, the Foundation contributed another $1,000 to the Conservancy's mobile app development that highlights the trails in the entire Utica Parks and Parkway System.
For the past two years, Stewart's Shops has supported and encouraged local conservation efforts by hosting breakfast and lunch for the 30-plus crew members who volunteer for the Conservancy's Arbor Day celebration in Frederick T. Proctor and Thomas R. Proctor Parks, Roscoe Conkling Park, and the Memorial Parkway.
About the CNY Conservancy: The Central New York Conservancy (CNYC), a not-for-profit founded in 2002, preserves and beautifies the natural environment and features of the of the historic Utica Parks and Parkway System. designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., and the Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects firm. It includes the Memorial Parkway, F.T. Proctor Park, T.R. Proctor Park, and Roscoe Conkling Park, and is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Among the Parks System attractions are the Utica Zoo, the Utica recreation center, the Val Bialas Ski center, soccer and baseball fields, tennis courts, and Valley View, an award-winning golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, and the South Woods recreation area and Switchback Trails.