Neighborhood Open Space Coalition was founded in 1981. It is dedicated to improving New York life by
expanding and enhancing its infrastructure for public health: parks, waterfronts, community gardens and open spaces, through advocacy, research, education, and planning. NOSC is a successful communicator of public space needs, serving as a citywide herald for the work of community-based organizations. Promotion of activities that create action in a dialogue for the improvement of our government by citizen empowerment, social cohesion and expanded ecological responsibility in public spaces and private development sectors.
The following are three areas that the neighborhood open space Coalition is actively working on today.
"There's nobody that thinks the status quo is acceptable. The level of passion and discontent on this issue among my colleagues in the council is just striking. Every member of the City Council has a park capital project in their district that has stretched out seven years or beyond. The inordinate amount of time it takes to complete even relatively simple parks projects threatens to undermine the public’s confidence in this important work and even erode the political will for providing funding for such projects. it is imperative that we bring more transparency, accountability and efficiency to the parks capital process so that our precious green spaces receive the investments they so badly need in a timely fashion. That’s why I’m working on a bill to provide more accurate, detailed, and relevant reporting of the true timeline of every park project in the city."said Council Member Mark Levine, Chair of the Parks Committee.
"OUTRAGEOUS COST OVERRUNS
and ABSURDLY LONG DELAYS"
"New Yorker's deserve to see their tax dollars managed with cost-efficiency, timeliness, transparency, and accountability. The City has a responsibility to ensure that our neighborhoods see the parks that they need, when they need them.
We need to FUNDAMENTALLY REFORM this system."
Councilman Brad Lander, the Council’s Deputy Leader of Policy. May 25, 2017
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...said, "I am FURIOUS" that this project has been so thoroughly delayed we are now looking at a nearly
NINE YEAR timeline."
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...said, "Council members are
threatening to withhold discretionary funds
because these delays are so egregious"
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"Call it the City Department of Parks and PROCRASTINATION."
News "review shows many projects are languishing. Delayed projects points to Mayor de Blasio’s failure to keep his campaign promise to overhaul and streamline the Parks Department’s Capital Projects Division. Safety is the concern at the Harry Maze Playground in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.The playground underwent a complete transformation that was finished last year, but security lighting at the site remains unfinished, records show.
A SHOOTING AT THE PARK IN JUNE LEFT FIVE TEENS WOUNDED"
...calls, "the agency's Capital Projects Division
"NOTORIOUSLY DYSFUNCTIONAL ! "
...said, "That the Park Capital division is in shambles and is in serious need of reform starting from the top."
“No other agency in the city has these delays.
“They simply do not know what they are doing, and this administration refuses to address the issues. . . .
It’s a runaway train.”
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...said, "Projects that used to take two years and now they're taking four or five years. Project delays were common complaint from park users.
The capital process needs an overhaul."
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Councilman Cohen "It is so difficult to get capital projects completed. The frustrations are getting these capital projects together, or done. I want to put shovels in the ground and cut ribbons, but a skate park funded four years ago, just started construction. It's 1/2 decade which could be an entire childhood."I am hoping agencies will bend over backwards to not report that they are late." Please Email Councilman today and end the loss of our Parks and Playgrounds by waste by an unfit administration at Park’s Capital Projects. Use the email found in Get involved What You Can Do. Thank you
"Massive cost overruns that
feels like allocating our money into a Bottomless Pit. IF we can effectively exercise our oversight role and make the entire capital process run more effectively."
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Councilwoman Ferreras-Copeland said,
“We must do better to reduce
outrageous cost overruns and long delays”
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Dorothea Poggi, president of Friends of Ferry Point Park said, “It’s very frustrating... it was 10 years ago they put up a sign and said a bathroom was coming. The Parks Department said it set aside
$2 million for the facility 11 years ago and now the current price tag is now at $3.6 million — and the bathroom will be completed by August." Cited HERE
responded to us and said, "I have reviewed your email and the audit you have referenced. To provide projections of the same continuing losses in Fiscal Years 2012 to 2016, that is unfortunately something we are not able to do. Since the scope period for the audit only covered Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011, we are only able to report and Draw conclusions based on evidence of $28,000,000 waste observed and analyzed by auditors during that period.
2012 and 2013 - $28,000,000
2014 and 2015 - $28,00,000
2016 and 2017- $28,000,000
$111,000,000 wasted in 8 years
@ $600,000 a playground that's
185 playgrounds of waste
say 4-5 playgrounds per Council District wasted.
It could much higher but the Council doesn't know.
Considering that the NYTimes claims the Department of Parks Capital Division has "Over the past 12 years, the city invested nearly $5 billion in Parks" is isn't likely it's less.
Councilman Richie Torres
‘Drain the Swamp’ of Cost and Time Overruns at the Parks Department said,
“The Parks Department has the worst capital program in the city,” he said in an interview with the Observer. “Parks Department capital projects are
Notoriously Over budget, Behind Schedule and Lawless when it comes to labor standards.”
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...said, "We think a process where the most simple of fixes takes three years is no process at all, just a mess."
in the NY Times said, "We have Council members who refuse to fund parks because they know that the likelihood that the project will be completed while they are in office is not very high you'll leave to your successor. We've started calling these Legacy Project because it's a legacy you leave for your successor. That his Frustrations over the Delays is shared by other members of the City Council and park advocates who say the capital projects in the park system take far too long."
...said, "That other agencies delivered projects faster and cheaper than the Parks Department."
The following are three areas that the neighborhood open space Coalition is actively working on today.
NOSC is interested in approaching charitable foundation’s with environment program how to create a web version of New York City Park's the Great Tree Walk Guide. As you can imagine, there are numerous organizations that would be very interested in this. Unfortunately, there hasn't been much time to start sending out the inquiries yet. We would welcome anyone who would like to see this project to please contact us to volunteer their time to help. We need to submit a letter of inquiry. Then you would stay in contact with the program staff does review these LOIs and, depending on the strategic fit of their organization or project, they will reach out for further information or a meeting at that time. We have more resources to find more information about the nonprofit environment program’s grant making process and strategies.
Our project is requesting a grant to recreate the 1990 print version of NYC Park's The Great Tree Walk Guide as a website, social media site and phone app. As the name suggests The Great Tree Walk Guide was a field guide to visit and learn about the story of all NYC's great trees. Today's web version will go much further. Through visiting our communally owned trees and share the experience the app, website and social media site will provide inclusive opportunities for all people's of race, age, sexual orientation to sharing a dialogue regarding social, political, cultural and economic issues, history, horticulture and spirituality the experience of visiting our great trees. It's also just fun for all types of groups from school children and seniors and everyone in between. The project is innovative and makes continuously new scholarly presentations of horticultural, history, arts and many other articles based our city's great trees. The great openness and democracy of both the Web and Social Media will allow the gift of this 1990 publication to have a global reach spreading the legacy of the contributions these trees have made to NYC ecology and population before even the Dutch settled New Amsterdam. Content can be added by all artists, arborists, horticulturalists, historians, anthropologists to mention a few of the many professional opportunities the project provides not just for New Yorkers but, all people around the world.
Neighborhood Open Space Coalition is initiating a program based on the philosophy that children need simple open spaces activities in their neighborhoods in addition to formal playgronds they already have. Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds are free, public celebrations of child-directed play, stocked with loose parts (such as cardboard boxes, fabric, tape and string) and staffed by playworkers. An introductory version of the classic adventure playground model, they gently introduce themes of risk and freedom by welcoming people of all ages and abilities to play together. They'll be encouraged to explore without being told “be careful” and “watch out.” The temporary pop up play events will be held in parks and city squares and are staffed by “playworkers,” adults trained in the art of facilitating play by mostly staying out of the way. The playworkers ensure that hazards have been removed from the environment. By using discarded materials with hand tools to build, destroy, and play with them as they decided allows children to feel safe taking risks in their play which is important in todays overly programed sanitized society. Creative problem solving abilities encouraged by this play experience are increasing more valuable as skills in tommorows job markets. Initially, Neighborhood Open Space Coalition hopes to have events where they will gain the greatest traditional media and internet attention in Manhattan's internationally recognized open spaces.