Not Just Play – Community Builds on Hopes of Playground for Bush Terminal Park

Check out the solid reporting work of Class of 2013 Journalism student Nick Lopez in this community feature for the Home Reporter:

The turnout was small, but imaginations were large amongst Sunset Park children and parents as they participated in a workshop at UPROSE on Saturday, January 17 to design a playground for Bush Terminal Park.

Children used materials such as paper cups, toy animals, rubber band balls, toy cars, beads and more to draw up their “wild playground” models for a playground that has not yet been funded by the city but which UPROSE and local residents made it clear they would like to see.

“Events like this – workshops and community forums — are a big part of what UPROSE does,” said Ryan Chavez, the group’s infrastructure coordinator who organized the workshop. “We’re Brooklyn’s oldest Latino-based community organization and a lot of the work we do revolves around participatory planning, methods of organizing and education. Workshops like this make sure that whatever structures and amenities are provided reflect the priorities of the community.”

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Author: Nick Lopez

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