Park Advocates Speak Out at NY4P Town Hall

Saturday, April 13, 2013

NY4P hosted more than 100 park advocates representing every borough at a town hall and facilitated break-out sessions on April 11 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan.

Advocate feedback will help shape our election-year Parks Platform 2013, a set of open space goals we'll ask candidates running for New York City office to embrace.

“The 2013 election offers a great opportunity for advocates to help steer the direction of parks and open space policy, both at the citywide and local levels,” said NY4P Executive Director Holly Leicht. “That’s why we’ve convened those who know the system best – park users from every borough – to tell us their priorities.”

Leicht began the evening with a presentation of ten draft goals, encompassing Parks Department funding, parkland privatization, equitable park resource distribution, and the integration of park and neighborhood planning.

Advocates then met in small facilitated groups to discuss and prioritize the goals and suggest additions.
"We received thoughtful, well-informed feedback that is helping us reshape the platform," said Leicht.  "New York City is fortunate to have so many knowledgeable and committed parks advocates."

Parks Platform 2013 will be released in May.

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