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Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

The Daily Plant : Wednesday, September 14, 2005

PARTNERING FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT


Photo by Helen Ho

Throughout the summer months, Parks & Recreation has been working closely with Partnerships for Parks to host "Meet and Greet" events in each borough. Partnerships has hosted eight of these highly successful events so far this summer, with four more planned before the end of October. Sessions take place at sites with new gardeners and playground associates funded through the Neighborhood Parks Initiative, a public/private initiative bringing together Parks & Recreation, New Yorkers for Parks, the City Parks Foundation, and the Central Park Conservancy. The aim of the initiative is to renovate and maintain City parks over the next six years.

These outreach efforts are aimed at building stronger relationships between the agency and community, and at making sure local residents know about new resources in their area. At each event, in addition to getting to know the Gardener and Playground Associate, residents can visit a table provided by Partnerships staff with information about how to get more involved in stewardship of their local park.

At Bayswater Park, for example, 50 children from two Head Start programs came out to garden and plant flowers with Gardener Luigi Capella and enjoy arts and crafts with Playground Associate Tyrell Robinson. Children already in the park joined in, and Partnerships staff provided cold beverages and information on how to become more involved in Parks.

Outreach Coordinator Laura Prussin comments, "I hope these events will be just the start of some great relationships with local programs and the great Bayswater Park staff."

The Yellowstone Park event brought out kids from the Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center, who enjoyed planting and a Playmobile provided by Recreation. The Grover Cleveland Park event included planting with Gardener Dennis Treder and games for kids with Playground Associate Kevin Gordon. It was a fun day, with about 25 people stopping by to say hello; later on, local day campers and residents enjoyed a game of Red Light, Green Light.

Partnerships also hosted an event to promote Sara D. Roosevelt Park at I.S. 131. The session was hosted by the Chinese-American Planning Council, M’Finda Kalunga Garden Volunteers, and the Hestor Street Collaborative. Park Manager Elaine Crowley and Gardener Sarah Aronson both attended. In addition to introducing people to the new Gardener, Outreach Coordinator Leah Worrell distributed a questionnaire to the community groups to get feedback about how they could work together on park stewardship. Groups discussed starting a coalition and how to collaborate with other organizations to help Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

For more information on Meet and Greets and other events hosted by Partnerships for Parks, visit www.parthershipsforparks.org or call (212) 360-1310. For a comprehensive list of events in local parks, visit nyc.gov/parks

-written by Dana Molina and Nate Harris

 

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Directions to Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

Know Before You Go

There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

PlaygroundsSeba Playground

Seba Playground will be closed to reconstruct the current Seba Tot Lot into a playground for children of all ages. The new design will enlarge the toddler area by adding a custom spray shower, seating, and two new tot play units. Additional play spaces will also be added for 5 to 12 year olds, and will include a large accessible play unit, a second spray shower and seating area. These two play areas will be joined by 15 additional swings for both age groups. The site will also feature an accessible drinking fountain, attractive plantings, and a bicycle rack.

BeachesRockaway Beach and Boardwalk

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has resumed pumping sand onto Rockaway Beach in efforts to repair and restore the beach. Access to the beach area from Beach 61st Street to Beach 19th Street may be limited while the pumping operation continues. The Corps expects sand placement work to be completed by the end of October, weather permitting. Swimming is not permitted at Rockaway Beach, or any NYC beach, after Labor Day. Please visit the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ website for more information.

Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways Weather

  • Sat
    Sunny
    65°F
  • Sun
    Breezy
    63°F
  • Mon
    Sunny
    64°F
  • Tue
    Partly Sunny
    69°F

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