Weigh in! Sara Roosevelt Park’s Rivington Playground Proposed Plan Thursday (Tomorrow) evening

Parks, Recreation, Waterfront, & Resiliency Committee

Thursday, June 9 at 6:30pm
Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S6PbB3qiRDuPrIs9D2H0NA
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  1. Approval of previous month’s minutes
  2. Parks Manager Update
  3. Parks: Informational presentation for temporary art installation on Pier 35
  4. Parks: Proposed plan for renovation of the Rivington Street Playground (SDR Park)
  5. ESCR Construction Update
  6. Vote to adjourn

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The 2022 Lower East Side Hero Awards: Including Sara Roosevelt Park’s Debra Jeffreys -Glass and Kim Fong

Our Heroes! Debra Jeffreys-Glass and Kim Fong

(presenters K Webster and Ryan Gilliam)

Thank you to FABnyc for honoring ALL our neighborhood heroes – and Park heroes Kim Fong and Debra Jeffreys-Glass – during the 2022 LES Community Hero Awards* 

And our honorees from 2021:

Kim Fong (K Webster presenter):
Debra Jeffreys-Glass (Ryan Gilliam) presenter:

*”The LES Community Hero Awards are intended to recognize community members whose contributions have been deeply meaningful and yet are often the ‘unsung’ heroes of the neighborhood. The awards were created in 2014 as part of the first celebration of Lower East Side History Month in May, now an annual event.”

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Youth Explorers Garden – South Delancey in Sara Roosevelt Park -Reclaiming a Garden

The Youth Explorers have been coming to Sara Roosevelt Park for many months now working on a plot that was originally built in the late 70’s/early 80’s. Four plots, one of which is the Hua Mei Bird Sanctuary Garden. For anumber of years the Tenement Museum staffers volunteered after work to care for the space. They rebuilt the gates. During the pandemic two of the gates were destroyed but one still exists – in need of repair.

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NYC Council: Increase parks funding to 1% of the city’s budget!!

On behalf of Play Fair, a coalition co-founded by New Yorkers for Parks.

We are a parks and open space coalition of more than 400 advocacy organizations dedicated to building a better-funded, more equitable and resilient parks system in New York City.

Increase parks funding to 1 percent of the city’s budget: Every world-class park system in the US receives at least 1-2 percent of annual city funding. New York has underinvested in parks for over 50 years, allocating only about 0.5 percent for parks, despite parks and natural areas covering 14% of our city and more than 30,000 acres.

Save critical parks maintenance workers: NYC Parks will suffer a net loss of 1800 Cleaning Corps workers, leaving a gap in the workforce which will disproportionately impact communities of color.

Protect the Play Fair positions at NYC Parks

Last year, we fought for Council-funded positions to accommodate increased park usage during the pandemic. With Covid cases and temperatures rising, New Yorkers are again relying on these spaces for mental and physical health. The Play Fair positions are vital for enforcement, maintenance, and operations.
Additionally, ensuring continued funding for the Parks Equity Initiative is critical to supporting community programs. These are critical investments that the City Council needs to remain committed to


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SunFlower Project Sara Roosevelt Park

As part of the University Settlement’s Sara Roosevelt Park ROAR festival this summer, on Saturdays from 12pm-2pm, we are creating a garden to offer a benign presence in the wake of the damage, sorrow, and neglect in and around the world – including our Sara Roosevelt Park. (map at bottom, the site is marked by the Hibiscus flower).
This intends to be a ‘healing garden’. A chance for people to write messages of who/what they care about and their hopes on ribbons as we slowly create a flowering garden.
Join us?

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