New Greenpoint park has some new friends
by Kathleen Lees
Oct 31, 2012 | 1924 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Friends of the Transmitter Park, an organization that will support and maintain the new park on the East River shoreline, is getting off the ground.

Transmitter Park, located at the end of Greenpoint Avenue, recently opened in the summer as one of the New York City's most awaited parks.

“This was in the works for a long time,” said Kurt Cavanaugh, deputy director for the Open Space Alliance of North Brooklyn, who added that many local residents had spent close to half a year watching officials prepare the spot through fences.

Cavanaugh said the 1.6-acre park needs certain issues worked out to keep the space clean and comfortable for visitors, and the Friends of the Transmitter Park's group could help to address concerns.

Besides park maintenance, Cavanaugh said there was a problem concerning off-leash dogs that would tear up plant areas at the park. While Cavanaugh stressed that most parks had off-leash hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Transmitter Park had no off-leash hours.

“This rule seems to be getting ignored,” he said.

Hoping to address those concerns and grow membership, Friends of the Transmitter Park will hold their launch party on Thursday, November 1, at the Red Star Bar on Greenpoint Ave. at West Street.

Cavanaugh stressed that Barbara Betell, a local resident, was spearheading the group in the hopes of working with elected officials and the Parks Department to meet maintenance concerns and other problems for visitors at the space.

“This initial meeting is just to gauge interest and see what we can do to help out,” said Cavanaugh, who will be attending the meeting at 7 p.m.

According to Cavanaugh, the Open Space Alliance will also work as a fiscal sponsor for the friends group.
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