Girl Scouts Advocate For Statue Paying Tribute to Women in Seward Park

As you may know, the city is getting ready for a big improvement project at Seward Park. The historic Lower East Side space was awarded $6.4 million through the Parks Without Borders Program. Lots of people have been weighing in about what they’d like to see as part of the redesign. Among them: several young activists making the case for a statue paying tribute to a woman or women.

At two community meetings held during the past few months, Lower East Side Girl Scouts have spoken up in favor of the idea. There are very few statues dedicated to women in New York City parks. Recently we met with three of the girls – Thea Diongson (Troop 3012), Ella Goodman (Troop 3012) and Sasha Leitner (Troop 3724) – in Seward Park to talk about how the idea came about.

We’re told the next step will be talking with the team at the Seward Park Conservancy about possibly collaborating on the statue project. The scouts want to focus on honoring immigrant girls and women. While there has been some talk of naming the statue for social worker Lillian Wald, who co-founded the park, the current thinking is to have the community vote on a few different options.

We’ll keep you updated on this fledgling campaign!