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Friends of Gulick Park Look Ahead

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The other day we posted some of the video highlights from “Take Back Our Park Day” in Luther Gulick Park. The Friends of Gulick Park are now out with a wrap-up and a look at what’s next in their campaign to revitalize this neglected public space. Here’s their report (along with some photos we shot on Sunday):

Thank you, for coming to the park this past Sunday to share your enthusiasm and ideas for a renovated Gulick Park! Seeing so many neighbors there–we estimate about 250-300 people–really revitalized the space and reinforced that it holds a lot of possibility. Much fun was had and many great ideas were collected. The Lo-Down put together a nice video of the day and some of the speakers.

Assembling your input
Over the next month or two, we will be organizing your ideas for Gulick Park. We’ll go through the models, your comments about them, the wish fish, the surveys, pictures of the stickers, the interviews, and the annotated map, in order to produce a report expressing the variety of ideas and the main thrust of people’s wishes. Once the report is ready, we will bring it back to the community for comment and send it along to NYC Parks & Recreation as well as our elected representatives.

The survey is still available on-line, if you didn’t get a chance to come by last Sunday or didn’t get to fill it out.

We’ve posted some pictures on our site, as well.

Thanks to our representatives
We also want to thank our elected representatives for taking the time to show support for our neighborhood and our park. Our thanks go to  Speaker Silver, Senator Squadron, Borough President Stringer, Council Member Chin, and Representative Maloney.

Our Sponsors and Donors
Raffle prizes were supplied thanks to Elizabeth (a core member of The Friends of Gulick Park), Donnybrook, and Roots & Vines.
The ping pong table was provided by Alan Good and Henge, Inc. We are hoping to find funding to return the table to the park and will keep you posted.
The Doughnut Plant donated some snacks. The Abrons Arts Center provided the tables. Evan Forsch donated his time as a caricature artist. We thank them and hope you do to!

Much thanks goes to Partnerships for Parks (especially Kirsti Bambridge and Jordan Pender) for helping bring this event together. The same is true of The Hester Street Collaborative (especially Anne Frederick and Dylan House), which developed many of the activities we used.

Professor Scot Pobiner and his students built and developed the interview booth, as part of a course project on community stake-holders, at Parsons The New School for Design.

Finally, we’d like to thank The Lo-Down, The Grand St News, The Educational Alliance, Asian Americans for Equality, Good Old Lower East Side, CB3, and St Mary’s for publicizing the event.

In other news: You may have noticed we’ve outfit the Willett Street-side of the park with free wireless internet! Thanks to our neighbor Matthew Quezada for helping set this up.

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