Town Hall Meeting Discussing Brooklyn Bridge Park and why it's not really a park

From Bob Stone (bob@parkdefense.org)

This is a last-minute reminder about our Town Hall Meeting:
Tuesday night, 7 PM
at Founders Hall, St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn

The issues:

– OUR PLAN FOR A TRUTHFUL PARK BUDGET WHICH WON’T REQUIRE HUGE, PRIVATIZING CONDO CONSTRUCTION

– RESTORATION OF THE SEASONAL, YEAR-ROUND, INDOOR AND OUTDOOR RECREATION THAT’S BEEN SYSTEMATICALLY REMOVED FROM THE COMMUNITY’S PLAN AND REPLACED WITH FRIVOLOUS,ELITIST FEATURES DESIGNED TO DISCOURAGE PUBLIC USE

– UNCOVERING HIDDEN INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS: SCHOOLS, ROADS, SEWERS AND SANITATION, POLICE AND FIRE PROTECTION

– THE LATEST NEWS ON OUR LAWSUIT

What recreation features do young families really want and where should they be located? In the current configuration, the greatest part of the “park’s” acreage is dedicated to rolling lawns for the delight of the condo purchasers. We have to fight to restore the ice rink, the swimming pool (a permanent pool, not a barge to be floated in and out according the latest public relations needs), a performance venue, stores, and restaurants.

As it has done at Atlantic Yards, the ESDC and its satellites have run a relentless, well-orchestrated and financed campaign to make their plan look and feel like a foregone conclusion. A big and enthusiastic turnout on Tuesday will effectively contradict that perception. The press, the public and the new administration in Albany will be watching.

Our panel of parks advocates, community organizers and traffic experts will answer your questions about how we can get a real park.

Refreshments will be served. We’ll provide babysitting and good weather.

See you there on Tuesday evening.

Posted Under: Brooklyn, Event, Parks, Waterfront Development

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