The Fort Greene Park community mourns the loss of the Myrtle playground volunteer caretaker Jamie Ramirez, who passed away at the end of June. Jamie was recognized at the Conservancy’s Monumental celebration in May as one of six Community Heroes. Fort Greene Park Director David Barker reflects on Jamie’s 20 years of service to the playground.
As the busy summer season kicks off, read about exciting changes to how the NYC Parks team cares for Fort Greene Park. The "Zone Management" program brings an infusion of city-funded maintenance and enforcement staff and equipment to keep our park cleaner and greener year-round.
One of the greatest joys of my position as Director of Fort Greene Park involves the support I get from the community to fulfill the essential elements of my job description: keeping the park clean, green, and safe. There’s a lot of love for this park—harnessing that passion in constructive ways is far easier with an incredible partner in the Fort Greene Park Conservancy. In 2017, the partnership between NYC Parks and the Conservancy yielded a variety of successful collaborations, from extended summer hours at the Visitor Center to helping ensure broad and extensive public input on the design of Parks without Borders (PWB).
The excavation at the Willoughby Avenue entrance construction project has unearthed a few secrets. Surprising information about the location of a major water main forced multiple redesigns to the ADA-accessible staircase, and will extend the project into spring 2016. Some of the more pleasant treasures unearthed by the contractor, Fredante Construction, included many boulders.