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Looking Beyond Your Garden Gates: Making Coalitions With Parks Advocates

  • Subject: [cg] Looking Beyond Your Garden Gates: Making Coalitions With Parks Advocates
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 11:16:44 EST

Friends,

I've talked to you in the past about work that the Manhattan Parks & 
Greenspace Coalition has done to organize citizen volunteers in our borough's 
Parks, Recreation Centers, Greenspaces and of course community gardens.  The 
citizen energy that volunteers put into fixing up a recreation center, making 
an underfunded NYC park in a community of color crime free and more welcoming 
to the whole community, cleaning up a monument on public land, or creating a 
community garden as a special public green space, is the same kind of energy. 
 However, the folks who concentrate on their local projects often feel that 
theirs is the only candle in the darkness.  It's really a beautiful ballroom 
lit by candelabras - it just means that all the volunteers have to be invited 
to the dance. 

The networking of citizen volunteers is an extremely important.  Organized 
citizen activity is vital sign for our body politic and an important 
indicator to elected officials and civic administrators of where resources 
need to be allocated. 

When the separate fingers of Recreation Center afterschool program advocates, 
 softball league organizers, Soccer Moms and Immigrant Soccer Leagues, 
Playground advocates, Swimming and Athletic Programs, Park and Monument 
Beautification advocates... and Community Gardeners, dial telephone numbers 
in political phone banks, ring doorbells and most importantly, push voting 
machine levers for political candidates who really support our united 
concerns -- we all win. 

This is part of the work that it takes to make this happen....
 


Subj    Important Networking Date for Bronx Gardeners
 Date:  2/11/03 10:15:05 AM Eastern Standard Time
 From:  Adam36055
 To:    cybergardens@treebranch.com
 CC:    lenore@treebranch.com
 
 Friends,
 
 As a founding community gardener member of the Manhattan Parks and 
Greenspace Coalition, I know how important it is to network and create 
coalitions  with recreation and parks advocates in your Borough.  Not only do 
you meet new comrades in open space greeening and parks, but the general 
level of knowledge exchange is very high. This is a superb way of getting 
access via parks and recreation center activists to elected officials in 
other neighborhoods while they learn how amazingly resourceful and effective 
community garden activists are.  Also,  you become part of a borough wide 
coalition of Parks AND GARDENS that is hard for elected officials to blow 
off. 
 
 This message originally went out over Cyberparks yesterday afternoon and I 
thought community gardeners who are not on that list should have a copy
 
 Subj:   CYBERPARK: Ninth Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up
 Date:  2/10/03 3:57:21 PM Eastern Standard Time
 From:  lenore@treebranch.com (Lenore Schlossberg)
 Reply-to:  cyberpark@treebranch.com
 To:    cyberpark@treebranch.com (CYBERPARK Mailing List)
 
 
 (please post to your own lists, webpages, calendars, and publications where 
appropriate) 
 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 
 Ninth Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up 
 
 Saturday, February 22, 2003 
 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
 (at 12:30 p.m.   Registration & Refreshments) 
 Lehman College Faculty Dining Room 
 Bx10 or Bx26 bus, D or 4 train  to Bedford Park Blvd. 
 
 CONNECT TO KEY RESOURCES AND ORGANIZATIONS! 
 Community Leaders, City Agencies, Green Space Stakeholders, Non-Profit 
Organizations, Elected Officials 
 
 CHAT GROUPS on Neighborhood Parks, Community Gardens, Natural Areas, 
Waterfronts, and Recreation to discuss key issues that impact these areas. 
 
 PRESENTATIONS:  Cuts to the City Budget, Networking with Schools and 
Organizations, Olympic Plans for the Bronx, The East Coast Greenway, 
Waterfronts on the Edge, and Keeping the "Park" in Parkways.   
 
 EXHIBITS: Informative displays from non-profit organizations that are 
working to improve parks and green spaces in the Bronx.   
 
 FOR MORE INFORMATION, to PRE-REGISTER or to RESERVE an EXHIBIT SPACE for 
this FREE EVENT: 
 bxspeakup@aol.com or 718-367-3200 x27 
 
 NOTE:  Flyers are available via fax or e-mail attachment in Spanish and 
English.  If you would like to hear the event in Spanish, please call to 
reserve headphones for translation. 
 
 Sponsored by: 
 The Bronx Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces 
 Lehman College and Con Edison 
 
 Special Thanks to: 
 The Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, Bronx Green-Up/NYBG, Bronx 
River Alliance, Fordham-Bedford Housing Corporation, Friends of Crotona Park, 
Friends of Pelham Bay Park, Friends of Spuyten Duyvil, Friends of Van 
Cortlandt Park, New Yorkers for Parks, Partnerships for Parks, Riverdale 
Nature Preservancy 
 
 
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-------------------- 
 The Bronx Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces is a grass-roots group of 
over 65 community-based civic, greening, housing, youth, and recreational 
organizations who have endorsed a common Bronx Platform for Parks. We are 
working together to ensure that all Bronx parks and green spaces have 
sufficient resources and personnel so they are safe, well-maintained, and 
attractive assets that in turn add value to our local neighborhoods.  To 
learn more about the Coalition, or sign on as a member organization or 
individual supporter, please call Pat Logan at 718-367-3200, x25 or e-mail 
Jodie Colon at bxspeakup@aol.com.  >>

--- Begin Message ---
  • Subject: Important Networking Date for Bronx Gardeners
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 10:15:05 EST
  • Full-name: Adam36055
Friends,

As a founding community gardener member of the Manhattan Parks and Greenspace 
Coalition, I know how important it is to network and create coalitions  with 
recreation and parks advocates in your Borough.  Not only do you meet new 
comrades in open space greeening and parks, but the general level of 
knowledge exchange is very high. This is a superb way of getting access via 
parks and recreation center activists to elected officials in other 
neighborhoods while they learn how amazingly resourceful and effective 
community garden activists are.  Also,  you become part of a borough wide 
coalition of Parks AND GARDENS that is hard for elected officials to blow 
off. 

This message originally went out over Cyberparks yesterday afternoon and I 
thought community gardeners who are not on that list should have a copy

Subj:    CYBERPARK: Ninth Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up
Date:   2/10/03 3:57:21 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:   lenore@treebranch.com (Lenore Schlossberg)
Reply-to:   cyberpark@treebranch.com
To: cyberpark@treebranch.com (CYBERPARK Mailing List)


(please post to your own lists, webpages, calendars, and publications where 
appropriate) 
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 
Ninth Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up 

Saturday, February 22, 2003 
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
(at 12:30 p.m.   Registration & Refreshments) 
Lehman College Faculty Dining Room 
Bx10 or Bx26 bus, D or 4 train  to Bedford Park Blvd. 

CONNECT TO KEY RESOURCES AND ORGANIZATIONS! 
Community Leaders, City Agencies, Green Space Stakeholders, Non-Profit 
Organizations, Elected Officials 

CHAT GROUPS on Neighborhood Parks, Community Gardens, Natural Areas, 
Waterfronts, and Recreation to discuss key issues that impact these areas. 

PRESENTATIONS:  Cuts to the City Budget, Networking with Schools and 
Organizations, Olympic Plans for the Bronx, The East Coast Greenway, 
Waterfronts on the Edge, and Keeping the "Park" in Parkways.   

EXHIBITS: Informative displays from non-profit organizations that are working 
to improve parks and green spaces in the Bronx.   

FOR MORE INFORMATION, to PRE-REGISTER or to RESERVE an EXHIBIT SPACE for this 
FREE EVENT: 
bxspeakup@aol.com or 718-367-3200 x27 

NOTE:  Flyers are available via fax or e-mail attachment in Spanish and 
English.  If you would like to hear the event in Spanish, please call to 
reserve headphones for translation. 

Sponsored by: 
The Bronx Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces 
Lehman College and Con Edison 

Special Thanks to: 
The Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, Bronx Green-Up/NYBG, Bronx River 
Alliance, Fordham-Bedford Housing Corporation, Friends of Crotona Park, 
Friends of Pelham Bay Park, Friends of Spuyten Duyvil, Friends of Van 
Cortlandt Park, New Yorkers for Parks, Partnerships for Parks, Riverdale 
Nature Preservancy 

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-------------------- 
The Bronx Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces is a grass-roots group of over 
65 community-based civic, greening, housing, youth, and recreational 
organizations who have endorsed a common Bronx Platform for Parks. We are 
working together to ensure that all Bronx parks and green spaces have 
sufficient resources and personnel so they are safe, well-maintained, and 
attractive assets that in turn add value to our local neighborhoods.  To 
learn more about the Coalition, or sign on as a member organization or 
individual supporter, please call Pat Logan at 718-367-3200, x25 or e-mail 
Jodie Colon at bxspeakup@aol.com. 
--- End Message ---




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