Posts Tagged ‘events’

Where’s My Park Day

May 17, 2009

missing parks

Thanks to everyone who turned out for Where’s My Park Day?!? yesterday.  We worked with the Open Space Committee of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), GWAPP,  Barge Park Pals, The Friends of Transmitter Park, and Park Moms to let the City know that they can’t leave their promises to us unfulfilled, as the realities of the rezoning come to fruition and new towers arrive, bringing new neighbors,  but our new parks are still missing.

The ghostly parkless children arrived first, chanting about the missing Bushwick Inlet Park as the crowd gathered.   Traffic slowed to see what was happening and passerby joined the crowd.  We got moving as The Rude Mechanical Orchestra took the lead and the a chant of “Where’s My Park” echoed down Franklin Street toward Greenpoint Avenue.  We stopped at the next missing park- WNYC Transmitter Park before moving on to the missing park at 65 Commercial Street and ending at Newton Barge Park where we learned about its missing expansion.

The public attention drawn by our efforts got the City’s attention.  As a result the City has made several new commitments intended to speed up the promise of waterfront access as a result of the 2005 rezoning.  More details can be found on NAG’s blog.

photo credit:Rachelle Rae House

Where’s My Park?!? Day – May 16th

May 11, 2009

Wheres My Park Day Postcard

Where’s My Park Day?!?

May 16th: Where’s My Park?!? Day

Two Events:

Where’s My Park?!? Bike Tour
Sat, May 16, 9:30 am – 12:00pm

We will meet at the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge @ 9:30am.  (Near S. 5th Pl). Please RSVP to wheresmyparkride@gmail.com.

We will be visiting parks in Williamsburg and Greenpoint to learn more about some of the existing parks and find out what is happening with many of the waterfront parks that were promised to the community when the neighborhood was rezoned in 2005. Stops will include Cooper Park, McCarren Park, Greenpoint Nature Walk, undeveloped park sites near Barge Park, and the future Bushwick Inlet Park, amongst others.

This ride will be at a family pace, 10 miles/hr, with frequent stops.

Volunteers to marshall are needed, if you would like to volunteer please let us know when you RSVP.

Remember the 2005 Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning? In it, we were told that in exchange for enormous buildings along the water front we would receive a number of parks and open spaces to relax in, to get up by the water, to play soccer, to do whatever we please!

Where’s My Park?!?
Saturday, May 16 12:30 &2:00pm (see below)

Not one park has been completed, not one has been opened.

So while the rest of New York City is celebrating “It’s My Park Day!” on May 16th, NAG and GWAPP will be instead asking, “Where’s My Park?!?” in an act of community awareness and civic action.

Bring your kids and your grandmas to the NAG Office (N 8th and Kent) at 12:30 to make some pro-park crafts and picket signs, and then join us at 2:00 at Bushwick Inlet (N. 14th and Kent Ave) as we march down past several of the promised parks’ locked gates. The day will end with a block party full of music, games, refreshments, and community… in a parking lot.

Come help us make a scene! It’s the only way we’ll unplug the City’s deaf ears across the river.