July 26, 2010

Newtown Creek Mitigation Mtg: July 28th

The next meeting to discuss the Newtown Creek Mitigation Funds will be:

Wednesday, July 28th
6:30PM
Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Visitor Center
329 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn
(Entrance is through the main gate at the intersection of Greenpoint Avenue and Humboldt Street)

Please RSVP as space in the meeting room is limited. RSVP to 212.360.1310 or NewtownCreek@CityParksFoundation.org.

The primary purpose of the meeting is to develop a list of possible projects that can be funded by the $7 million that has been allocated to City Parks Foundation, together with an initial sense of the important criteria to be used when judging projects.

After this meeting, City Parks Foundation staff will develop cost estimates for the projects that have been suggested and will identify any relevant feasibility issues or barriers to completion.  We will then reconvene in the Fall, so that everyone can express specific preferences from among the list of projects; this information will be vital to the Department of Environmental Conservation as they make a final decision on which projects should be funded.

At the meeting on July 28th, you will hear about four specific projects that have already been suggested to the Department of Environmental Conservation by the groups that successfully advocated for this $7 million of funding.  You will also hear about a recent brainstorming session held among Brooklyn groups about community preferences for open space projects.  In addition, you will hear about the results of the surveying that City Parks Foundation is now conducting in Brooklyn and in Queens.

Most of the meeting will be spent in small groups, with facilitators from City Parks Foundation, allowing everyone to suggest projects and express opinions on project ideas.  Each group will report its findings to the entire group.  We expect the entire meeting may take 2 – 3 hours.  We will have food and beverages available.

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to your networks.  Hope to see you there!