Senator Squadron’s testimony before NYC Council Committee on Parks and Recreation: Equity in Parks

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Squadron Parks testimony 04.23.14

Park Equity Begins with a Better Public Budget

This post comes from the New Yorkers for Parks blog.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

On March 27, the City Council’s Parks Committee held its annual preliminary budget hearing, and NY4P Executive Director Tupper Thomas was there to offer both testimony about specific budgetary needs this fiscal year, but also to begin to address some […]

City Council Hearings on Parks Budget Priorities

Sara Roosevelt Park Community Coalition

Good afternoon. My name is K Webster, President of the Sara Roosevelt Park Community Coalition.

The Parks Department has been our active partner in caring for this essential open space in our crowded and diverse neighborhoods. We appreciate Partnership for Parks for their ongoing support of this alliance. […]

New Parks and Recreation Department Commissioner named

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce that Mitchell J. Silver FAICP is the new Commissioner of New York City Parks & Recreation. Mr. Silver, a Brooklyn native who grew up near Prospect Park, received his Bachelors degree from Pratt Institute and his Masters degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College. He is a Fellow […]

The Pit

This morning, the new snow in the pit had a strange, pillowy, wave-like look.

K’s unedited article originally posted in The Villager as a letter to the editor

Of Parks, Inequity and the Flinging of Coins…

At the “Talking Transitions Tent” New Yorkers for Parks hosted a panel entitled “Four Immediate Ways to Equitably Improve NYC’s Parks”. The panel consisted of committed and hard-working park advocates.

One of the panelists, State Senator Squadron, proposed that “marquee parks” (such as Central Park) share […]

LES Cultural Corridor Arts Jobs Training Program Launched

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center 107 Suffolk Street, between Delancey and Essex


Mysterious Leaf Circles

Last week, mysterious circles of fall leaves appeared in the Pit between Broome and Delancey, only to be dispersed by the wind and romping children. Today, the mystery was solved. Mosco, a genial LES resident and ex-graffiti artist, was sweeping leaves into perfect rings outside the M’Finda Kalunga garden and in the Rivington Street playground. […]

2013 Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

The 2013 Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference will be held on November 8 – 10, 2013 in New York City. The Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference is a gathering to enhance the critical relationship between food and health in the Black community by empowering growers, eaters and activists.The conference strengthens networks and inspires […]

Free Summer Meals for Children

Here is a program for meals for children available all summer long – some locations are in parks… Good for all parents to know about!

Click for the flyer. NYC Meals