Friends of 20th Street Park are engaged in a dialogue with the local community board and elected officials to turn a vacant property into a park that all New Yorkers can enjoy. In short, we need the City to facilitate a transfer of the property from Department of Sanitation control to Parks and Recreation.
For a more in-depth account of the process, keep reading.
Ideally, this is what it's going to take to turn an abandoned sanitation lot into a pocket park.
- Chelsea's Community Board 4 (CB4) agrees to re-evaluate land use of 136 W. 20th Street, exploring all options, including the 20th Street Park Proposal.
- CB4 proposes a resolution supporting the Park proposal, reversing its prior commitment.
- CB4 votes on and approves the new 20th Street Park resolution.
- Council Speaker and District Representative Christine Quinn also reconsiders her prior support for use of the land and evaluates the 20th Street Park Proposal on its own merits.
- Given all the evidence of increasing residential density in CD4, a district that ranks last on several key open space metrics, the Community Board and elected officials endorse the Park Proposal.
- ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure) is filed for the purpose of a park at this location and is reviewed by the Department of City Planning for approval.
- After an approximate 12 month public process, the ULURP in favor of a park at 136 W. 20th Street is passed by City Council.
- Once the Sanitation department vacates on 12/31/2011 and the ULURP in support of the park has passed, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) handles an inter-agency transfer of the land from DOS control to Parks and Recreation.
- Parks Department conducts necessary capital budgeting, survey work, landscape architecture research, and environmental review (CEQR).
- 20th Street Park is designed and built.
- SUCCESS! The Chelsea neighborhood celebrates its first new playground in over 40 years! Community District 4 makes meaningful progress on its open space goals and improves quality of life for thousands of residents. New York City moves closer to Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC goals of a park within a ½ mile, 10-minute walk of all New Yorkers — A community win-win!
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