BAY RIDGE CITIZEN HONORED AT THE OPENING OF VOLUNTEER PLAYGROUND
On Tuesday, January 15, Parkies, Council Member Martin J. (Marigold) Golden, and residents of the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn gathered to celebrate the reopening of a local park. The ribbon cutting drew a crowd of about fifty people on this unseasonably warm January afternoon. Volunteer Playground, formerly known as Play Lot Playground, was renovated with $240,100 in requirements contracts. Council Member Golden was honored at Tuesday’s ceremony for his considerable support of the parks throughout his district.
Joining Council Member Golden were Julius (Mirror) Spiegel, Brooklyn Borough Commissioner; Nancy (Liberty) Barthold, Brooklyn Chief of Operations; Martin (Eagle Scout) Maher, Brooklyn Chief of Staff; and Lou (Coursewalker) Riccio, President of UA Construction, the company responsible for rebuilding Volunteer Park. In addition to Golden, Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern honored Daniel (Persevere) Ross, who has volunteered in the park for over 30 years. Known as the "mayor of the block" because of his commitment to this section of Bay Ridge, Ross has looked after the park for years, often opening and closing its gates and sweeping its grounds.
On this particular day, the new play equipment was enjoyed by ten smiling children, excited to be out in the sun and playing on new swings and slides. Safety surfacing, chess and checkers tables, a frog sculpture, a flag pole, and a north arrow compass were also added to the space. The small plot of land, just under a quarter-acre, is named in honor of the more than 70,000 volunteers like Daniel (Persevere) Ross who help to improve parks around New York City so that local residents can enjoy them. Designed by Svetlana (Flipper) Filipovich, the park was reconstructed in a matter of months, minimizing the neighborhood children’s time away from the park.
By Margaret (Magical) Johnson
THIRTEEN YEARS AGO IN THE PLANT
(Thursday, January 26, 1989)
THE YEAR IN REVIEW: CAPITAL PROJECTS
In 1988 Capital Projects issued a revised 10-year Plan that projected new directions for the rebuilding of New York City’s open green spaces. The plan for Fiscal Years 1988-98 calls for a gradual shift in capital spending from neighborhood parks and playgrounds to major recreation facilities and regional parks.
The contracts registered by the division in 1988 reflected Capital’s new priorities. While the number of contracts decreased from 290 in 1987 to 273 (including 97 for new design projects and 176 for new construction), their value increased from approximately $63 million to $93.05 million (including $6.49 million for new consultant design projects and $86.56 in construction contracts.)
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
"You are never given a wish
without also being given the power to make it come true."
Richard Bach (b. 1936)