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Common Ground Festival returns for the 25th Year!

Common Ground 2019 is Sept 21, from 1pm - 6pm at the West 121st Street picnic area in the park

News Flash

  • Our Organization helped secure $43M for City Parks in the upcoming NYC budget!

    As one of the first groups to sign on to New Yorkers for Parks Playfair Coalition we worked tirelessly on these successful efforts to benefit all city parks, beginning with planning meetings last December and including rallies and testimony at City Council budget hearings. The overstretched staff in parks like ours deserve help, and thanks to this advocacy and our elected officials they will get it! Here is the announcement from New Yorkers for Parks:

    "WE DID IT!

    On June 14 City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor Bill de Blasio included $43 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING FOR PARKS in the city budget! It includes funding to finally give 150 parks maintenance workers permanent jobs! Every year they had to wonder if they would still have a job at the end of the year - not anymore!

    It will also give funding to more seasonal workers, forest management, community gardens, Parks Enforcement Patrol and Urban Park Rangers, & much more!

    This is a huge, historic win for NYC parks and the millions of people who depend on them. Thank you to the Speaker and Mayor, and , MANY thanks to all the members of the Play Fair Coalition for all of your hard work getting us here. You made it happen!"

  • Our Local Community Board Gives Us Their Support. At their last meeting before the summer recess Manhatttan Community Board 9 honored us by passing this letter of support without a single vote against it. The letter recognizes our 38 years of park stewardship and urges the New York City Dept. of Parks and our elected officials to strengthen our relationships going forward.
  • We were honored by NYC Parks and our elected officials on June 15. We're thrilled that Parks officials such as First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh and Manhattan Borough Commissioner Bill Castro stopped by our Community Day event. Elected officials who gave remarks included Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Brian Benjamin, and City Council Members Bill Perkins and Mark Levine. Senator Benjamin presented us with this proclamation recognizing us for our longstanding and continuing role as the primary advocacy organization for the park and for our 38 year history of accomplishments.
  • Friends of Morningside Park secured over $50K in private funding for the park in the past year. We funded a new water wheel to irrigate the ball fields, secured a grant for new Big Belly trash receptacles, and secured thousands for programs and plantings in the park.