Images, Events, Press

[Links are to images, unless otherwise noted.]

It’s My Park Day, October 2016

It’s My Park Day, October 2014

It’s My Park Day, May 2014

Gulick Park Receives $2.5 Million Grant (1/15/14)

Press: Gulick Park Receives $2.5 Million, Rounding Out Budget For Revamp (The Lo-Down)
Press: The Downtown Express

It’s My Park Day, 27 October 2013

More than 200 neighbors cleaned and gardened, painted over 150 pumpkins, made masks, and told us their ideas for future programming.

It’s My Park Day, 2 June 2013

Over 100 people took part in celebrating  a new design, beautifying the park, having fun with NYC Park’s Play Mobile, and honing skills with Henry St Settlement’s basketball clinic.

Spring 2013

Gulick’s Tulips are blooming. So is our bike share station. A beautiful spring at Gulick Park, take a look.

It’s My Park Day, 20 May 2012

Nearly 200 neighbors and ping pong players came down to show off their game in a chance to win prizes, beautify the park and have some fun. Lots of cheeks were painted and bicycle decoration was a big hit.

Press: Friends of Gulick Park Celebrate Spring (The Lo-Down)

It’s My Park Day, 16 October 2011

About 400 people came through for ping pong, face-painting, pumpkin painting and lots of planting. We look forward to seeing all the flowers come up in March!

Scope Meeting with Parks Designers

A brief meeting with the designers and capital projects coordinators from NYC Parks & Recreation. We reiterated the outcomes of our visioning process and relayed some new input we’ve received since then. Representatives from Senator Squadron’s and Council Member Chin’s offices attended.

Design Trust for Public Space Pot Luck – 2 June 2011

About 40 design-oriented and public-space conscious folks game to Gulick Park–almost all for the first time. Much fun was had. We’re thinking about pot lucks again in the future!

Press: DTPS’s blog entry recapping the evening. “…this potluck was a gentle reminder that while New York City’s public spaces can be powerful tourist attractions or “economic dynamos” they are, first and foremost, community anchors.”

It’s My Park Day 22 May 2011

Planting more climbing roses, summer bulbs, a few trees. All accompanied by our friends and neighbors crooning along to a karaoke machine!

Re-design Workshop 4 May 2011 [photos coming soon!]

About 50 residents attended a workshop to work out specific design recommendations based on how we use the park as a community and based on previous input from Take Back Our Park Day in May of 2010.

Press: LES residents meet to plan Gulick Park redesign (The Lo-Down)

Press: LESers pitch plan for redesign of Gulick Park (DNAinfo) – includes great slideshow of images.

Bessie’s Big Shot Puppet Show, 1 May 2011

The PuppetMobile came to Gulick Playground and performed the story of a cow realizing her dream of joining the circus. Around 100 neighbors came out to see the show with their children. Thanks to CityParks Foundation and The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre for making this possible.

Press: We’re good for a mid-life crisis cure. Or at least, Bob Eckstein’s! (Also, NY Times)

Press: Outdoor ping pong makes it into the New York Times.

It’s My Park Day, 23 October 2010

About 200 neighbors and friends came to the park for pumpkin painting, face painting, modern art activities, planting, our 1st ping pong tournament, and great prizes in our silent auction and raffle. Councilmember Chin and Borough President Stringer attended to say a few words and receive our thanks for helping fund a capital renovation.

Op-ed: Ping Pong and Planting Creating Community in Gulick Park (Lo Down Blog)

Op-ed: Why Save Gulick Park (Lo Down Blog)

Press: July 2010, Council Member Chin and Borough President Stringer Fund Gulick Park (Lo Down Blog)

Take Back Our Park Day, 16 May 2010

Between 250-300 community members come out to share their opinions about Gulick Park and their ideas for its renovation. They do this through 6 activities designed to help capture their vision. Speaker Silver, Senator Squadron, Councilmember Chin, Borough President Stringer, and Congresswoman Maloney attended. There were also side-walk chalk and drawing areas for children, an area caricature artist, as well as an outdoor ping pong table.

Video: Lo-Down’s “Take Back Our Park Day” Video, 16 May 2010

The Bulbs are Up!, Spring 2010

Press: March 2010 Speaker Silver & Senator Squadron discuss funding and shoot hoops: Lo Down, Downtown Express, Villager, Grand St News

Fall Bulb Planting, 7 Nov 2009

Over 40 neighbors met to plant tulip and daffodil bulbs we can enjoy in the spring. Thanks to all who came out and to Parks and Recreation for the bulbs and the tools.

Community Day, 9 Sep 2009

Over 100 neighbors attended and met with our representatives, including Alan Gerson, Assembly Speaker Silver, Senator Squadron and others. Events included bike repair, face painting, origami lessons, a raffle and much planting.

Video: The Lo-Down Interviews a few members during our Community Day 2009 event.

Press: June 2009 First Community Listening Session (Lo Down Blog)

Problems in the Park

A visual record of how the park has looked before The Friends of Gulick Park began

The Park in the 1930s

Thanks to the photo archivists at the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and to Kate Louis from Partnerships for Parks for looking into this for us! These are images of the original park (then called Downing Park) under construction and a few images of the finished play room and basketball court. Some of the old vibrancy we hope to re-instill at Gulick Park and Playground.