Save the Date! Play Fair Campaign Rally
We’re having a rally to formally launch Play Fair, and we want you to be there with us. On Thursday, February 28 from 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. we’ll be on the steps of City Hall to demand a bigger piece of the pie for Parks. We need YOU to help us show decision-makers that parks deserve significant public investment in maintenance and operations for cleanliness and safety.
When: Thursday, February 28th from 12pm to 1pm
NOTE: please arrive by 11.30am to clear security
Where: Steps of City Hall, City Hall Park, New York, NY 10007
Sign Up: https://playfairforparks.eventbrite.com
NOTE: signing up isn’t required, but will help us know how many people will be joining us
We will reach out with more info as the date approaches: we hope we can count on you to join us on February 28th at noon, and to spread the word with others who care about the future of New York City’s parks.
About Play Fair
Play Fair is a new multi-year advocacy campaign for parks leading up to the Mayoral election in 2021. In 2019, we are kicking off the Play Fair campaign by focusing on a significant increase to the expense budget for the Parks Department, which would “baseline,” or secure, funding for much-needed maintenance, gardener and park worker positions in the City budget.
Over the years, many parks advocates have asserted that ongoing maintenance is critical to the well-being of our parks and that recent capital investments by the City MUST be accompanied by investing in the “infrastructure of people” to care for these parks. Investing in greenspaces also improves air quality, makes our neighborhoods more resilient, and brings New Yorkers closer to nature.
Today we are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Council Member Barry Grodenchik, Chair of the Parks Committee, the New York League of Conservation Voters, and DC37, the Parks workers’ union, to form the PLAY FAIR COALITION.
The Play Fair Coalition will ask the Mayor and the City Council to direct much needed maintenance and operations funding to the NYC Parks Department. Although City parks make up 14% of NYC’s land, last year the agency only received a meager 0.59% of the total City budget. For too long, parks and gardens have been overlooked as essential infrastructure for healthy neighborhoods: now is the time to demand change and PLAY FAIR for PARKS!