Groundbreaking at Sol Lain & Henry M Jackson

As we’ve noted before, our neighbor parks have received a lot of attention under Mayor DeBlasio’s “Community Parks Initiative.” The signs of which are already apparent at Sol Lain and Henry M Jackson parks, now fenced of and largely removed of their internal features.

Commissioner Silver speaking at the groundbreaking for Sol Lain and Henry M Jackson Parks

Commissioner Silver speaking at the groundbreaking for Sol Lain and Henry M Jackson Parks

Construction of the new features is imminent (see designs below) and so this past Friday a collective groundbreaking ceremony was held to mark the occasion. Several of the local organizers who use the parks were in attendance as well as the sister of Garcia Field’s namesake, which is the ball field inside Sol Lain.

Parks Commissioner Silver (pictured) mentioned that his department is continuing to work at streamlining the construction process–apparently these two projects are both two months ahead of schedule. Hopefully, this means good things for Gulick Park.

However, because a large portion of our funding came through the NY State Dept of Transportation, they are vetting the designs and construction documents in a manner that is slowing down the project, compared to one entirely city funded.

Still our own park will see work begin on the bathroom late this fall, perhaps November, and full construction should begin between March and June of 2017. Until then, please save the date of October 23rd for our final It’s My Park Day celebration before Gulick temporarily closes. We’ll have pumpkins and face painting and more.


Henry M Jackson Design

Henry M Jackson Design

Sol Lain Design

Sol Lain Design

This Sunday 5/15, 12-2pm, gardening, games, and face painting

Join us for the last Spring It’s My Park Day before renovations begin!

Plant summer flowers, clean the flower beds, get your face painting, play some games with NYC Parks’ PlayMobile.

Pumpkin Painting and Bulb Planting on 10/25

Our annual pumpkin painting and bulb planting festivities returns this month on Sunday 10/25 from 2-4pm. More details to follow.

Movie Night: Saturday 9/5 “The Muppets Take Manhattan”

Tonight, Saturday 9/5 at 8pm. Arrive a bit early to find a good spot. Parks will have some reserved seating for seniors and people with disabilities.

Saturday 9/5, at Sundown

Playground Design Approved, Event Pictures, Happy Holidays

Skull Eyes Pumpkin 10/2104

Park Design Given Approval Thanks to robust community input and support and thanks to a responsive Parks Department design, the plans for phase two (the playground) were approved at the October community board and November Public Design Commission meetings.

Now the construction documents get drawn up (a process already begun) and vetted by oversight

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