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Environment, Open Space and Parks

  • Community Board 11 (Manhattan) 1664 Park Avenue New York, NY, 10035 United States (map)

Location: Community Board 11 Office, 1664 Park Avenue, between 117th and 118th Streets


I. Call to Order - Adoption of the Agenda

II. Presentations and Discussions

    A. Update on the New York Restoration Project 103rd Street Community Garden, Jesus Perez, Manhattan Borough President's Office 

    B. Presentation on the Jackie Robinson Community Garden (103 East 122nd Street, Park Avenue), Green Thumb Preservation site, Amar Bennett, Jackie Robinson Community Garden

    C. Questions taken from committee guests representing community gardens that are HPD sites and vulnerable to development.

    D. Presentation on the changes to youth sport programs on Randall's Island, Laurence Vargas, Parks Committee Vice Chair 

    E. Informational presentation on WE ACT's Northern Manhattan Climate Action Draft Plan, Aurash Khawarzad, Policy Advocacy Coordinator, WE ACT 

III. Continuing Business 

    A. Draft statement of district needs FY 17/Budget priorities discussion 

         1. Capital budget 

            a. Funding for the rehabilitation of 107th Street Pier on the East River Esplanade. 

            b. Rebuild and repair parts of the East River Esplanade between 125th Street and 96th Street.

            c. Renovation of Poor Richard's Park school yard fields and asphalt multipurpose play area. 

            d. Fund construction of Phase A- 125th to 132nd Streets of the East Harlem River Esplanade when DOT staging area is returned to Parks Dept. 

        2. Expense budget 

           a. Hire additional Parks Rangers or Shielded PEP officers for Harlem River Park, Marcus Garvey Park, and Thomas Jefferson Park 

          b. Hire additional Summer Recreational Assistants to work in playgrounds and parks. 

          c. Additional funding for the maintenance of street trees

          d. NEW - Rats and TNR - additional funding for these programs. 

IV. Informational Updates 

    A. East Harlem Neighborhood Study update 

         1. Thurs. 10/22 - Zoning, Land Use, Affordable Housing Development 

         2. Thurs. 11/19 - Health, Seniors, Environment, Transportation and Safety 

    B. Handouts 

        1. East Harlem Open Space Index 

        2. List of CD11 Community Gardens 

        3. FY 17 DPR Borough Budget Consultation Agenda

    C. For committee consideration in an effort to preserve vulnerable community gardens that have been held for years by HPD and are now subject to development "The Roots of Sustainable Gardens" 

V. Announcements

     A. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer presents GROW: Urban Gardening Symposium, October 14 at the American Museum of Natural History 

VI. Adjournment 

Earlier Event: October 7
Licenses & Permits
Later Event: October 13
Youth & Education Committee