City Council Hearing on East River Park this Wednesday

A joint hearing on East River Park is being held by the City Council on Wednesday, January 23, at 1pm at City Hall. A Press Conference is being held at Noon on the Steps of City Hall on the East River Park Plan. We need gardeners to turn out in garden colors, with signs and numbers to show our strength and unity of our community.

We are in the middle of a struggle to preserve East River Park. We are fighting the proposed plan and its implementation. The City intends to close the entire park for at least 3 1/2 years beginning next Spring.

LUNGs has been actively involved with a new community group, The East River Alliance, to resist this new plan. Our major concern is lack of community input, the environmental impact, concerns not addressed in the proposed plan and closing the entire Park for such an extended period of time.
The East River Alliance and LUNGS are preparing testimony for the hearing. Other groups are welcome to testify and anyone who wishes to is encouraged to a prepare personal testimony. You don’t need to testify but you need to be there, please save the time and the date, be at City Hall at 11:30 am on Wednesday, Jan 32 for the Press Conference.

The community is getting its first chance to speak out publicly: to officially raise hell about their concerns with the new plan. The City Council hearing on the East Side Coastal Resiliency(ESCR) project will be Wednesday, January 23rd at 1:00 PM at City Hall. Press Conference at NOON. Councilwoman Carlina Rivera will be there advocating on our behalf, and she has asked us to rally as many folks as possible to attend. We are asking each garden to send at least two gardeners to this hearing, we need your support; this is going to effect all of us.

LUNGS is hosting a sign, banner , costume making party, Tuesday evening Jan 22, 6-9pm at 428 E.10th St. We have supplies, please come by and let’s have some fun!