Cooper Park Has Some Very Good Friends!

Our newest partner Friends of Cooper Park held its inaugural meeting on November 13. Park advocates identified key short- and long-term goals like keeping the park cleaner and bringing back a farmers market. St. Nicks Alliance hosted the meeting while Partnerships for Parks and OSA staff facilitated. With discussions of potential new developments at the…

OSA Annual Town Hall gathers parks leaders

On November 2, 51 parks advocates, OSA Board Chair Mike Arnot, OSA Board Member and Community Community Chair Ward Dennis and North Brooklyn Parks Administrator Mary Salig participated in OSA’s annual Town Hall at McCarren Play Center. The parks leaders fielded questions about a variety of topics including progress on Newtown Barge Park and Box…

McCarren Field Day

Over forty local athletes competed in Friends of McCarren’s first ever Field Day on September 10, braving an obstacle course of cones, police barricades, long kicks and hula hoops. In a true team spirit, nearly thirty New York Road Runners volunteers joined to help coordinate the event – and take on the obstacle course challenge….

Friends of BQGreen Launch Campaign for Park

Nearly 200 Friends of BQGreen, including a multitude of young children and seniors, community leaders and elected officials rallied on July 26 at Rodney Park North to help call attention to the public health emergency being caused by the air pollution from the BQE. Asthma rates in South Williamsburg are double the citywide average. The…

Park People Power Activated at 6th Annual Party for the Parks

On May 31, over 300 North Brooklynites packed Amazon Fashion Studio to celebrate the important work of connecting people to nature and to one another. Corporate sponsor and individual ticket sales raised over $200,000 for the parks and people of Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Party4Parks honored Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park for its tremendous achievement in securing…

Northside Schools Celebrate Earth Day at McCarren

On Earth Day, April 22, nearly 40 Northside Schools children and their parents participated in a clean-up and beautification of the playground at McCarren Park. They are all now Friends of McCarren! To set up a volunteer clean-up or beautification project for your favorite North Brooklyn park or playground, please contact Konstancja Maleszynska at konstancja@osanb.org.

New Garden at American Now Open

On Earth Day, April 22, PS 34 students and their parents installed a garden in American Playground. The Heritage Garden helps to beautify American and provides a new outdoor classroom for PS 34 students and other local Greenpoint children. The garden project, composed of 12 planters, is part of the ongoing development of the Friends of American Playground. The initiative is co-sponsored by two GCEF grant recipients, National Wildlife Fund’s…

Eco-Couture Dazzles North Brooklynites

On April 27, Over 40 of Greenpoint’s top models walked the runway at the park house at Bushwick Inlet Park as part of PS 34’s Eco-Fashion Show. In addition to being a lot of fun, the show helped educate our future leaders about the environmental impacts of consumption and waste. All of the haute couture was made…

City Closes $160 Million Deal for Last Piece of Bushwick Inlet Park

On April 19, the city signed off on and completed the $160 million transaction to buy the last piece of property needed to complete the 27-acre waterfront park. North Brooklyn was promised the park during the 2005 waterfront rezoning, which allowed for the development of high density, high rise residential properties along the waterfront. After years of public pressure…

Friends of McCarren Launches

On March 30, Friends of McCarren officially met for the first time. Nearly forty park enthusiasts volunteered their precious time to brainstorm ideas for improving the park. The lively meeting was attended by many leaders of leagues and user groups already active in the park. The new Friends discovered they already share many common interests and goals. The Friends of McCarren will be…

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