Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Come Help Plan The Future Of Roosevelt Island's Southpoint Park - You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Southpoint Park Open Space Advisory Committee Meeting 6:00 PM Thursday April 28

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) reports:
In March 2016, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation initiated a one-year project to develop a Community Plan for Southpoint Open Space. The project’s significant public engagement effort kicks off on Thursday, April 28th with the initial meeting of the Community Advisory Committee. The meeting will be held at the Good Shepherd Community Center (543 Main Street, lower level) at 6:30 PM. The Community Advisory Committee has representatives from over 20 organizations on Roosevelt Island. The committee is scheduled to meet four times during the project, providing advice and input throughout. The project will also involve an extensive community engagement effort, which will include 1) outreach efforts at upcoming island Spring events 2) a series of public meetings and workshops; 3) a website, and 4) an online survey. The public is invited to attend the Community Advisory Committee meetings and observe the presentations, discussions, and activities with the Committee members. There will be a designated time at the end of the meeting for public comments. In addition, there will also be comment forms available for public attendees to submit their questions/comments in writing. We hope to see you there.
The RIOC Board of Directors Real Estate Development Advisory committee met last evening and discussed plans for the April 28 meeting (full audio web cast of meeting here).

Initially, the consultant facilitator (Fitzgerald & Halliday) hired by RIOC and RIOC staff would not allow members of the Roosevelt Island public who were not invited to join the Community Advisory Committee to attend the April 28 meeting.

However, after RIOC Director Margie Smith objected to this exclusion of the Roosevelt Island public,  RIOC Acting President Susan Rosenthal overruled the staff decision and invited the public to attend the meeting.

Here's the discussion.

You can take a video tour of the August 2,2011 Grand Opening of Roosevelt Island's Southpoint Park here.

UPDATE 4/28 - According to RIOC:
Please note there is a time change for the first public engagement session tonight. It will be held at 6 PM, Thursday, April 28th.