As we mentioned this morning, lots of people turned out yesterday for “Take Back My Park Day” in Luther Gulick Park, one of the most blighted public spaces in the city. The Friends of Gulick Park have worked hard in the past year to spruce up the grounds and to raise money for a sweeping revitalization plan.
Several elected officials on hand for the event praised the grassroots campaign, saying community involvement in shaping the park’s future would make a big difference. Participants heard from a number of speakers yesterday, including neighborhood activist Dave Bolotsky, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Daniel Squadron and City Councilmember Margaret Chin. Squadron and Chin even tried out a new outdoor tennis table (we won’t embarrass anyone by telling you who won).