Friday, June 22, 2007

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation: Media Advisories : Parks Holds Community Meetings to Discuss PlaNYC Parks...

Parks Holds Community Meetings to Discuss PlaNYC Parks

DATE: Multiple (see below)

TIME: Multiple (see below)

LOCATION: Varies (see below)

EVENT & PHOTO-OP: Parks & Recreation will host community listening sessions to discuss future plans for Rockaway Beach Park and Highland Park’s Ridgewood Reservoir.

DETAILS: Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC is a sweeping road-map to the sustainable growth of New York City with many initiatives that will benefit City parks. Along with planting 1,000,000 trees, and opening playgrounds and ballfields around the City, PlaNYC commits almost $400 million to design and build eight underdeveloped regional parks—including Rockaway Beach Park and Highland Park’s Ridgewood Reservoir in Queens.

Under PlaNYC, Mayor Bloomberg has allocated $40 million to build new beach-front facilities including comfort stations, a lifeguard building and playgrounds in Rockaway Beach, as well as $50 million to restore the Highland Park Reservoir as a nature preserve and create a recreation center with a track, sports fields, and a cricket pitch. Following the community input sessions, design will begin in Fall 2007. We will break ground on all eight regional parks in 2009.

Highland Park

Tuesday, June 19

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Twelve Towns YMCA

570 Jamaica Avenue, Brooklyn

RSVP: 718-235-0815

Saturday, June 30

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Oak Ridge, Forest Park

Woodhaven, Queens

RSVP: 718-235-0815

Rockaway Beach Park

Sunday, June 24: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. & Wednesday, June 27: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Peninsula Hospital, Meditation Room

51-15 Beach Channel Drive

Rockaway, Queens

RSVP: 718-318-4000