Friday, May 13, 2016

What Improvements Would You Like To See At Roosevelt Island's Southpoint Park Open Space - Share Your Opinions At Saturday's Farmers Market May 14

As reported April 27, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
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 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....
RIOC hired the Fitzgerald & Halliday (F&H) consulting firm to help develop the Southpoint Park Open Space Plan.

Representatives of F&H will be at the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market tomorrow to gather information on what residents would like to see happen at Southpoint Park.

Image From Southpoint Community Plan

According to RIOC:
What do you think of Southpoint Open Space? Would you like to see it enhanced for the community?

We want to hear what you think.

Come to the Roosevelt Island Farmer's Market this Saturday May 14th from 11 AM to 3 PM, located next to the base of the Roosevelt Island 36th Avenue Helix ramp.

There will be a booth where you can tell us what you think about the Southpoint Open Space and the Smallpox Hospital, a New York City Landmark.

Can't make it? Here are other opportunities to let us know what you think:

Bike Walk NY Helmet Giveaway
When: Saturday, May 21, from 11 AM to 3 PM
Where: Good Shepherd Plaza (543 Main Street)

Roosevelt Island Day
When: Saturday, June 11, from 11 AM to 3 PM
Where: Good Shepherd Plaza (543 Main Street) & Blackwell Plaza (500 Main Street)

For more information, visit the project website by clicking here:

Have a comment or suggestion? Email us at

We're looking forward to hearing from you!
The April 28 Roosevelt Island Southpoint Park Community Advisory Committee meeting was hosted by F&H representatives Arnold Bloch and Mary Miltimore,. During the meeting, Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Coordinator Eva Bosbach asked for the reason why the Southpoint Park survey is happening now.

F&H's Mary Miltimore replied that the reason is for RIOC to be ready with a community plan in the event future projects and funding become available.

Possible future projects for Southpoint Park that have been discussed in the past include the donation of a Korean Pavilion and the renovation of the Smallpox Hospital by the FDR Four Freedoms Park.

RIOC Director Margie Smith speaking during the Public Session remarked that she hoped:
... we do not lose sight that...
Southpoint Park is:
... first and foremost for the residents of this Island...
and encouraged more public brainstorming sessions.

Below is the F&H presentation to the April 28 Southpoint Open Space Community Advisory Committee

and a visioning word exercise about what the participants currently value most about the Southpoint Open space.

Here's video portions of the April 28 Southpoint Open Space Community Advisory Committee meeting.

Ms Miltimore provides an introduction to the process

and discussion by the committee.

More information available at the Southpoint Community Plan web site.