Thursday, October 24, 2013

Community Board 8 Meeting at Van Cortlandt Park

By Jay Hauben
I was walking tonight as I do every night in New York City's Van Cortlandt Park. It is wonderful in a city to have such a natural refuge where city people can get back to nature. I came upon a small group with posters and a leaflet. They were in the park to call attention to a new Master Plan being considered by the Parks Department. The group feared not without reason that the proposed Master Plan was a plan to commercialize and privatize more and more of the this wonderful natural park.

Video by Rafael Martínez Alequín

Anonymous Anonymous said...
The leaflet handed out in the park had this content:

THEY WANT TO STEAL A NEIGHBORHOOD JEWEL

The Parks Dept. plans to destroy the Putnam Nature Trail, a unique wetland nature habitat in Van Cortlandt Park near Broadway, by turning it into a wide asphalt bike speedway. The Trail allows working people and local school groups to get close to hawks, herons, muskrats, frogs, turtles and other creatures. It is used by strollers, joggers, and runners — especially older users who prize its soft surface — as well as bicyclists.

The paving plan will remove hundreds of trees and surrounding undergrowth. These provide a cooling canopy to trail users and shelter and food for animals. Speeding bicycles will chase away the wildlife, making the road useless for nature observing and unsafe for walkers and runners of all ages.

The Parks Dept. calls this “multi-use access.” They say there are no funds to repair and maintain the Trail with crushed gravel that would make the Trail ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL USERS. So how would they maintain asphalt? They refuse to rule out bike rental kiosks (Citibank?) on their “Putnam Road.”

DEFEND OUR PARKS AND PUBLIC SERVICES!

Across the City and across society, corporations are being given pieces of parks and other open spaces such as Flushing Meadows and Jamaica Bay because there are supposedly “no funds.” Public schools are replaced by charters, the open areas in NYC Housing projects are being privatized for luxury housing, and the Post Office is under threat of privatizing.

It’s time to say NO to the defunding and privatization of public services. The Putnam Trail fight represents the environmental rights of working people, our right to nature, and our right to publicly-funded services. Let public officials know we will defend these rights!

DEMONSTRATE
PUBLIC FUNDING FOR NATURE AREAS: NO PRIVATIZATION

Wed., Oct. 23, 6:30 PM, Community Bd. 8
Van Cortlandt Park South at Bailey Ave.

RALLY
PUTNAM TRAIL: SAVE IT, DON’T PAVE IT!

Sun., Oct. 27, 1 PM, Broadway at 250th.

To help build these actions contact: freeds@lycos.com OR PutnamTrailRally@gmail.com
October 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
The leaflet handed out in the park had this content:

THEY WANT TO STEAL A NEIGHBORHOOD JEWEL

The Parks Dept. plans to destroy the Putnam Nature Trail, a unique wetland nature habitat in Van Cortlandt Park near Broadway, by turning it into a wide asphalt bike speedway. The Trail allows working people and local school groups to get close to hawks, herons, muskrats, frogs, turtles and other creatures. It is used by strollers, joggers, and runners — especially older users who prize its soft surface — as well as bicyclists.

The paving plan will remove hundreds of trees and surrounding undergrowth. These provide a cooling canopy to trail users and shelter and food for animals. Speeding bicycles will chase away the wildlife, making the road useless for nature observing and unsafe for walkers and runners of all ages.

The Parks Dept. calls this “multi-use access.” They say there are no funds to repair and maintain the Trail with crushed gravel that would make the Trail ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL USERS. So how would they maintain asphalt? They refuse to rule out bike rental kiosks (Citibank?) on their “Putnam Road.”

DEFEND OUR PARKS AND PUBLIC SERVICES!

Across the City and across society, corporations are being given pieces of parks and other open spaces such as Flushing Meadows and Jamaica Bay because there are supposedly “no funds.” Public schools are replaced by charters, the open areas in NYC Housing projects are being privatized for luxury housing, and the Post Office is under threat of privatizing.

It’s time to say NO to the defunding and privatization of public services. The Putnam Trail fight represents the environmental rights of working people, our right to nature, and our right to publicly-funded services. Let public officials know we will defend these rights!

DEMONSTRATE
PUBLIC FUNDING FOR NATURE AREAS: NO PRIVATIZATION

Wed., Oct. 23, 6:30 PM, Community Bd. 8
Van Cortlandt Park South at Bailey Ave.

RALLY
PUTNAM TRAIL: SAVE IT, DON’T PAVE IT!

Sun., Oct. 27, 1 PM, Broadway at 250th.

To help build these actions contact: freeds@lycos.com OR PutnamTrailRally@gmail.com
October 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM
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