Last night, Maria Roca of Friends of Sunset Park left a lengthy comment to yesterday's post (rant?) about the conditions in the playground and park. I've re-posted it below. She recounts some of the past efforts of the community, and Friends of Sunset Park in particular, to address concerns around the park. She also offers up a challenge to those who desire change. Maria will be in the park this morning from 8:30 to 11 AM, and she will also be there on Friday and Saturday mornings to talk with and plan with those who want to improve conditions.
Her comment to the post follows:
We're thrilled to hear the interest expressed in "what can we, as residents of Sunset Park, do?" And, the answer is: quite a lot. Friends of Sunset Park has been reporting to the Parks Dept., the elected officials, the CB and anyone who we thought might be interested, on the playground's condition for years (14 to be exact). The writer of this blog has been in close contact with Friends of Sunset Park for a number of years and we thought she was aware of the many levels of stewardship of the Friends: It's My Park Day, CityParks Kids, Petitioning for traffic calming STOP signs and speed bumps on 41/44 streets, Recruiting (albeit unsuccessfully) for parents/grandparents to lock playground at 9/10pm, as well as trying to form a Parents' Committee to lobby for a long overdue rehab of the Playground, to name a few.
We are, therefore, looking forward to sitting down with all who are interested in working to form a Friends of Sunset Park Playground Committee to prepare a unified plan of attack and getting to work on keeping the playground clean and finding the $ for much-needed repairs and improvements.
I'll be in the Sunset Park Playground tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 8:30a-11a.m., and again on Friday and Saturday mornings to get to work.
See you all there!