Report From RIOC President Charlene Indelicato - Roosevelt Island Halloween Events, 2014 Public Purpose Funds, Good Plaza Shepherd Seating And Greenery Coming, Southtown Construction, Motorgate Abandoned Cars & Sportspark Classes
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Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato sends the following report to the community.
The community is gearing up for a spooky holiday celebration with its annual Halloween Parade and PSD’s Halloween Safety Event. Plans are moving forward to give a new life to the Good Shepherd Plaza. At Southtown, planned work will be going ahead in preparation for the new building 7. New classes are opening up at Sportspark and applications for Public Purpose Funds will soon be available online– we hope you can take advantage of the great resources Roosevelt Island has to offer.
Ghosts, witches, pumpkins and more will be marching on Main Street! The Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade & Extravaganza is taking place today, October 26 at 12 PM. Urban American is sponsoring the Island tradition with support from RIOC and the R.I. Youth Center. The march begins at noon near Blackwell House at 500 Main St. – everyone is invited to come out in costume and march with their neighbors, friends and family. Once the parade march is over, follow the crowd to Capobianco Field for a free community celebration offering games, rides, treats and giveaways. In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will take place at P.S./I.S. 217 (645 Main St.).
PSD: Halloween Safety Event
Public Safety will be partnering with Safe Kids NYC to present their annual Halloween Safety Day at the Roosevelt Island Public Library (524 Main St.). Kids can come to the Library at 4:30 PM on October 31 to learn about how to have a safe and fun holiday. PSD’s Youth Officer Michelle Williams will be present to provide additional safety tips and goodie bags for the children. The Roosevelt Island Public Safety department reminds you to keep safety in mind while you celebrate – and to stop by the Public Safety office for some treats on Halloween!
Public Purpose Grants
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation will soon be issuing application materials for the 2014-2015 Public Purpose Funds. Public Purpose Funds are allocated to benefit Roosevelt Island residents, enhancing their quality of life through education, artistic and cultural enrichment, improved health or a better environment. Roosevelt Island not-for-profit groups who are looking for additional funding are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit the RIOC website beginning the first week of November at rioc.ny.gov/grants.htm .
Good Shepherd Plaza
Plans are in motion to revitalize the open space at the Good Shepherd Plaza – expect to see upgrades to the Plaza’s seating options and greenery in the upcoming months. We would like to extend our thanks to the community committee members who have worked together with RIOC on the design and provided valuable input on the needs of the residents.
Hudson/Related will soon be starting the municipal infrastructure work that is scheduled to be completed prior to the start of construction of Southtown’s Building 7. It involves laying new sewer pipe on the site and decommissioning a small portion of the existing pipe as contemplated in the original plan for the Southtown development. The team has been working closely with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and RIOC to finalize and execute this plan which is expected to commence October 23 and to be completed by the end of November. As the team will be working with the septic system, workers will be wearing protective gear – this should not be a cause for alarm as it is just a precautionary measure against contact with septic materials.
In order to address the issue of abandoned cars in the Motorgate Garage, Central Parking has begun issuing letters to owners notifying them to remove their vehicles from the facilty. Cars that remain unclaimed after 30 days of receipt of the letter will be subject to towing and disposal. When a transient car has been left in the garage for 30 days, or a car with a monthly permit is left for longer than 60 days without paying for a space and the owner does not respond to requests to move the vehicle, it is classified as abandoned. Though every effort is made to contact the owner, this becomes virtually impossible if the license plates and/or vehicle identification number are removed. If you believe your car may be considered abandoned, please contact Central Parking at 212-832-4585.
New classes are coming to Sportspark! Zumba classes began October 14 and are now meeting every Monday at 6:30 PM, Thursday at 8:30 PM, and Saturday at 10:00 AM. Classes are one hour long and the class fee is only $5. Also, the wait for parent-and-child swim classes is over: registration for Mommy & Me classes is now open online at rioc.ny.gov! With each class, you’ll watch your child’s confidence and swimming skills grow as they have fun in the water.
Sportspark’s pool, along with the rest of the facility, is currently heated by the Steam Plant. We have received several inquiries from the community regarding the shutdown of Sportspark when the Plant is decommissioned; however, we are pleased to note that a long closure is not anticipated at that time. When the Steam Plant closes, RIOC will be prepared to implement a temporary boiler system that will already be in place to heat the facility and pool until the permanent heating system is installed. Closure during the installation of the temporary system is not expected to exceed one week; closure for installation of the permanent system should not exceed two weeks. The exact date of the Steam Plant’s shutdown is not known, but we will work hard to ensure that the closure of Sportspark is as short as possible.