NY1: Riverside Park Conservancy Puts Spotlight on Northern Portion of Park
Riverside Park north of 120th Street has seen years of neglect and disinvestment, which has led to great disparities in amenities, cleanliness, and overall conditions between the Park’s northern and southern tiers. The Conservancy is determined to address that – so this year it launched a fundraising campaign for our North Park Initiative.
The Conservancy’s North Park Initiative is not new; it was created it in 2009 to focus time, advocacy, and resources on the part of the Park bordering West Harlem from 120th to 155th Streets, as well as the shoreline portion of Fort Washington Park through 181st Street. These areas are predominantly Black or Latinx, with poverty rates three times greater than the Upper West Side – and we are determined to make sure that these communities enjoy all of the benefits that come along with living in close proximity to top quality parkland.
Rather than hold a traditional gala in 2020, the Conservancy has asked our neighbors to step up to do something meaningful to address this serious park equity issue, and to help us bridge the gap.
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