see January 2018 update at bottom
THURSDAY 10/9, 7:00pm at PS 15
Next Red Hook meeting about Valentino Park Comfort Station: Note, this is a change from the originally announced date of 10/8!
People for Red Hook Public Parks (PRHPP) set up this meeting. Here is their REVISED announcement PDF
Here is Parks Department proposed comfort station
For background, see our prior blogposts:
Report on Meeting #1: 9/4/14 Meeting with Carlos Menchaca & Parks at Red Hook library
Background info: Parks Dept. proposed comfort station & the process
Report on Meeting #2: 9/24/14 PRHPP meeting at 351 Van Brunt for community members only.
Info on upcoming meeting for Thurs 10/9 from PRHPP
People for Red Hook Public Parks and City Councilman Carlos Menchaca will be holding a community meeting on Wed. October 8th at 7pm at P.S. 15, The Daly School on Sullivan Street, between Van Brunt and Richards St. in Red Hook. The meeting is the latest in a series of meetings regarding the proposed NYC New York City Department of Parks & Recreation comfort station for Valentino Park.
The Red Hook community has expressed serious concerns about this project: cost, its size location and necessity.
At a cost of $2.5 million dollars, the cost to taxpayers for this project will be over $4000 per square foot. Construction costs for a luxury condominium in Manhattan are $500 per square foot.
The proposed location, Valentino Pier Park, is a quiet community gem, treasured by the neighborhood. The proposed building will cut the park in half and occupy a large portion of open green space.
With a change in city administration, the Red Hook community is counting on a reversal of the top--‐down management style of previous administrations. In order to protect our parks and our neighborhood, we need to bring the people who make decisions together with the people those decisions impact.
So please come to the meeting and bring a friend. We wish to avoid acrimony and work towards a positive relationship between community and administration, so bring your ideas and yourself!
January 2018 update
DOT has approved a sidewalk toilet. Red Hook, we have been heard! Remember all those meetings about a big, expensive "comfort station" proposed for our charming waterfront park Valentino Park? That concept was defeated, and a small, sidewalk toilet is coming via the DOT. Thanks to everyone for participating in public meetings, on-line discussions with us, and other modes. Community action worked! A special shout out to Anne Griepenburgwho researched the Portland Loo which presented an alternative that appealed to many and may have swung government decision around to that kind of solution.
Toilet Party any one? It has the great acronym of TP.
We hear that there is a spring installation expected, but we are still waiting on confirmation.
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