Liz Ritter, who chairs the Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee for Community Board 12, forwarded this email to Andrew Engelhard today, almost immediately after receiving it. After months of delays, with almost no advance notice, and at what must be the most inconvenient time of year they could have possibly chosen, the Parks Department has scheduled the one meeting concerned members of the public could effectively advocate for a balanced improvements plan that would benefit all park users, not just specific groups.
Monday morning, three days before Christmas.
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2008 4:17 PM
Subject: site scope meetings Fort Washington and Riverside Parks
When: Monday, December 22, 2008 10:00 AM-11:00 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
Where: see below
The following site scope meetings have been set up to discuss the Fort Washington Park and Riverside Park renovations. Please join us for any areas that you are concerned about.
1. 10:00 a.m. meet at 158th Street & the Hudson River to discuss: renovations from 155th to 168th Streets.
2. 11:30 a.m. meet at 172nd at the restrooms immediately south of the tennis courts to discuss triangular area, mostly south of the GWB foundation and adjacent pedestrian paths.
3. 3:00 p.m. meet at 145th Street and the Hudson River outside of the elevator to the State Park to discuss 145th to 151st, new ball field, realignment of pedestrian paths and greenway and double alee work.
One way or another, some of us will be at that meeting. But it's not impossible it could be rescheduled. Please email Liz Ritter, thanking her for her timely notification, and urging her to try and persuade the powers that be that this is an undemocratic end run around public input, which is one of the specific purposes of a scoping meeting--it is at these very meetings that the plans for changes take concrete form, and once the scoping meeting has been held, it becomes almost impossible to alter the plan in any significant way. And email Jennifer Hoppa, asking her to use her influence to get the meeting put forward to a later date, well after the December holiday period.
Liz Ritter: email@example.com
Jennifer Hoppa: firstname.lastname@example.org
There'll be more on this subject in the near future, you can be sure. But I just wanted to get the word out ASAP. Sheesh--and I thought Pearl Harbor Day was last week.