“It’s My Park Day” on the Lower East Side This Coming Weekend

Fun & Games in Lower East Side Parks Saturday & Sunday

Friends of Gulick Park Celebrate Spring

Photos by Sarah Sluis.

This could be the last summer for the “old” Gulick Park. Thanks to the efforts of Friends of Gulick Park, $3 million in funding has been raised to refurbish the neglected public space along Delancey and Willett streets. During “It’s My Park” day yesterday community members gathered to spruce up the park for the summer ahead.

“I heard one girl say it was the first time she planted anything,” Dave Bolotsky, founder of Friends of Gulick Park, recounted. While kid-centered activities like face painting, sandpainting, and bike decorating were popular, gardening was surprisingly popular. Kids were enthusiastic rakers, planters, and diggers. Keegan Stephan of the organization Time’s Up was on hand to offer free bike repairs, and plenty of residents (especially kids) took advantage of the service.

Groomed Gardens, Delighted Dogs, Tired Teenagers

Friends Seminary School sixth-graders (clockwise from left) Jayson Pitagorsky, 11, Kathryn McLane, 12, Jared Hodges, 12, and Jediah Katz, 11, got their hands dirty Saturday morning.

The weeds had a bad day, but everyone else at It’s My Park Day on the Lower East Side seemed to be enjoying themselves on Saturday.

Along the East River Promenade near Delancey Street, middle- and high-schoolers were hard at work pulling and digging unwelcome sprouts from among the flowers this morning, joking around and looking forward to a tall tower of pizzas that arrived by bicycle at lunchtime.

Get Outside for This Weekend’s “It’s My Park Day”

This weekend marks the citywide celebration of public parks, with It’s My Park Day events throughout the five boroughs. Some events are on Saturday and some on Sunday, and you can participate in activities ranging from litter pickup and planting flowers to dog training and karaoke.

We have a roundup of activities happening in our neighborhood.

East River Dog Run Celebrates LES Canines May 21

Lots of neighborhood dog owners are not even aware that there’s a leash-free dog run in Corlear’s Hook Park, near Jackson Street and the FDR. A new organization is working to change that, and to improve the run, which is sadly in need of a sprucing up. Next Saturday, May 21, the Friends of the East River Dog Run hosts its first event as part of It’s My Park Day, a citywide celebration of New York’s public greenspaces.

Planting Roots in Gulick Park

L.E.S. resident Jac Zagoory sent us these photos from It’s My Park Day in Gulick Park.  The event was hosted by Friends of Gulick Park and included pumpkin painting, bulb planting, face painting and a ping-pong tournament.

Why Save Gulick Park?

Across the city on Saturday, residents who care about open space will be celebrating “It’s My Park Day.”   In our neighborhood, the Friends of Gulick Park have all kinds of fun activities planned, including pumpkin painting, bulb planting and a ping pong tournament. You can get more information on the group’s web site.

In the past year, the Friends of Gulick Park has made amazing progress towards their goal: giving this neglected space in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge a major face lift.  We asked one of the organization’s main organizers, Brian Crowley, to explain why the project is important to him: