Wednesday, May 09, 2007
How do neighborhoods keep their parks safe, clean and maintained? According to the New York Times, park proponents are raising this question after the opening of two new parks in one of the south Bronx's grittiest, most industrial neighborhoods.
From the Times:
“We got the parks, that is great and dandy, but how are we going to maintain them?” said Majora Carter, the founder of the environmental group Sustainable South Bronx, who was among the first to envision a riverside park on what had been a dump. “There is a fundamental problem we have had for a long time: unless it is a big, sophisticated project with value to tourists or businesspeople, it’s forgotten. Our parks only serve the people here. But people up here need to know they have access to open space.”