Title:Community Parks Initiative | 2020 National Planning Awards
طرح پارکهای اجتماعی پارکهای نیویورک به افتخار پل دیویدوف جایزه تعالی برنامهریزی ملی ۲۰۲۰ را برای پیشبرد تنوع و تغییر اجتماعی دریافت کرد.
قسمتی از متن فیلم: (Mitchell) For cities like New York, parks are your outdoor living rooms it’s where people connect, where they make friends where they create memories, so parks are so important important to the livability of our city. We have over 2,000 parks, but not every park received investments.
(Gina) I feel like this park wasn’t really that safe you know so I went to other neighborhoods to take my kids. (Ethel) There’s no sprinkler system for the summertime, the basketball court was really messed up, the grounds were cracked, and they just wasn’t things for young people to do there.
(Mitchell) We wanted to make sure every neighborhood had a quality park and unfortunately in 2014 that was not the case. We put our heads together and decided to come up with this data-driven approach to find out how equitable we have been in New York City. We looked at poverty, density, growth, and
Then how many parks receive less than a quarter of a million dollars over 20 years. And it turned out, these were our most under served communities. The mayor was convinced we had to address equity. He along with the council invested over 300 million dollars.
We took a very close look at our outreach approach. We allowed them to tell us what they wanted to see in their park. (Ethel) I think the parks department as an agency did an excellent job in talking to the community, wanting
The community to participate. They had our young people participate, our seniors they made sure that we had all aspects of folks who lived in the community participate in the process. And the fact that they did everything that they said most agencies don’t do that. It’s important to involve the community
Because the community is the people who use the park. When someone asks you for your opinion, your suggestions, and and that they’re going to you know they’re concerned about what you feel or what you want, it becomes empowering because somebody’s interested in you and what you want to do for your community.
(Mitchell) Local residents become stewards of the park. The kids like saying I helped design this playground or this park, so you see that pride and sense of ownership in their faces. We’re able to transform 60 acres of parkland. New Yorkers will now have real access to a quality part that didn’t before.
(Ethel) It definitely made everyone smile when it was finished. (Gina) Everybody’s conversating with everybody. It really nice you know like all the kids are together now, they play together, it is beautiful. (Mitchell) The most moving story that I’ve heard of all these initiatives was in Brooklyn. This was a typical asphalt
Field that looked like a parking lot. We put in a synthetic turf, a track, play equipment, trees, and benches. The little, boy Hispanic, about eight years old would not come into the park. He didn’t know how much it cost to go into that park.
It tore me apart because he thought it was too nice to be free. And that’s why we do what we do. It was not fair for 20 years that that community was denied that public space. It is changing lives, and we’re seeing it.
Date: 2020-05-13 20:32:17