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).
Last month, NYC Parks officially launched Parks Without Borders — an agency-level initiative “to make parks mroe open, welcoming and beautiful by improving entrances, edges, and park-adjacent spaces. First announced as part of Vision 3 in Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC, Parks Without is backed by $50 Million in Mayoral funding to make transformative changes that make parks more accessible, improve neighborhoods, and create vibrant public places. It’s something that’s been on our radar for quite some time — even though Fort Greene Park has some lovely, historic walls, it also has plenty of perimeter space outside those walls that we think could benefit tremendously from the Parks Without Borders treatment. Now that the program is live, we’re excited to share with you how we’re working towards ensuring that Fort Greene Park receives some of the funding that’s out there.