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Title: Travers Park / Staunton Field Redesign
Post by: abu benuska on September 25, 2013, 09:08:11 PM
The former athletic field from the Garden School, now an expansion of Travers Park, was dedicated Setp. 23 as Rory Staunton Field, in memory of a student from that school who died last year from sepsis. More about Rory here: http://www.jhgreen.org/wordpress/?p=170

Councilman Dromm announced during the dedication plans for a visioning session of Travers Park redesign on Saturday, Oct. 26. More on JHBG facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=517642874988473&l=7bfd614c43
Title: Re: Travers Park visioning session on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Post by: Dkaplan on September 25, 2013, 09:17:23 PM
Maybe I missed this on Facebook but where will the meeting be held?
Title: Re: Travers Park visioning session on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Post by: abu benuska on September 26, 2013, 10:54:03 AM
No location specified yet. For now, just save the date. Give it a couple of weeks, if no location is announced, then contact Daniel Dromm to ask again: DDromm at council.nyc.gov or http://council.nyc.gov/d25/html/members/home.shtml
Title: Re: Travers Park visioning session on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Post by: taggie on September 26, 2013, 03:06:15 PM
 Can we name part of the park for Miguel Torres from IS145, another middle schooler from Jackson Heights, who
was tragically taken from us crossing Northern Blvd in March? The other play area in the schools yard would seem
like a good candidate. Both of these boys are really missed.
Title: Re: Travers Park visioning session on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Post by: abu benuska on October 17, 2013, 11:58:41 AM
This has been posted on the JH families list, a date and place for Travers Park envisioning session:

Saturday, October 26th
11am - 1pm
IS 145 Cafeteria
33-34 80th Street
Jackson Heights, NY
 
It has been a long road to expand open space in Jackson Heights. At last, the time has come for the community to have a say in the design of the new play field, the 78th Street Pedestrian Plaza and the existing Travers Park. Join us for the first in a series of visiosning sessions that will help determine the design of our open space for generations to come !
 
RSVP to Yessika Giraldo
ygiraldo@council.nyc.gov or (718) 8036373 x 205
Title: Re: Travers Park visioning session on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Post by: taggie on October 17, 2013, 12:17:55 PM
  This date is very problematic with anyone who has a 8th grade student (maybe from IS145) who is taking the
once yearly Specialized High School entrance exam. It's very stressful for families and might be too much to do
in one day. Or the many teachers and administrators that work overtime this day.
   Any flexibility for this date? Some students in this neighborhood study for years for this one test...
Title: Re: Travers Park visioning session on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Post by: abu benuska on October 17, 2013, 01:05:54 PM
I think there will be more envisioning sessions, this is just the first. You can email the person listed above and ask.
Title: Re: Travers Park visioning session on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Post by: abu benuska on October 26, 2013, 09:30:15 PM
Today was the first visioning session and, although I did not count, I think there were about one hundred people present.

Each person was given a paper with three questions. What are the top three things you'd like to see; your top concerns; and your hopes for what the park can be for future generations.

People were sitting at tables in the school's cafeteria. Each table became a group and had an easel board. Each group's ideas was consolidated on the board and presented to everyone else at the end.

Most people, maybe all, agreed that the park needs "more green space."

There were many interesting suggestions, like building a bridge or elevated area, that could create an area protected from the elements below, and increase the park space above. Other interesting suggestions included area for performance, artificial hills (that could serve for sledding in the winter and sun bathing in the summer), an astro turf soccer field, and a walking path all around.

There will be other envisioning sessions, but no date has been announced yet. It will probably be at evening time. There is a budget of $5 million to remake the park. There is no date for construction to start, but an official present said that they plan to finish the design next year.
Title: Re: Travers Park visioning session on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Post by: toque198 on October 27, 2013, 09:17:46 PM
All great ideas.

Personally, I would like a Ferris Wheel, Carousel, Skating Pond and Petting Zoo.

And also, crepe carts like they have in France.
Title: SECOND TRAVERS PARK VISIONING SESSION SCHEDULED
Post by: lmaniace on February 24, 2014, 06:25:02 PM
Just in from the Department of Parks' (and JH's friend) JoAnne Amagrande.
Hot off the press, we will be holding the next visioning session for Travers on Tuesday, March 18th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Garden School. Danny Dromm’s office will be working to get the word out. Tx JoAnne
Title: Re: SECOND TRAVERS PARK VISIONING SESSION SCHEDULED
Post by: ECG on February 24, 2014, 11:33:53 PM
I may have missed the information put out by the first session. Is there anything available to read?
Title: 3/18 Visioning Session for Travers Park! Join us!
Post by: CouncilMemberDROMM on March 05, 2014, 05:03:58 PM
Council Member Daniel Dromm & NYC Parks
Invite you to the second

Visioning Session
for
Travers Park
&
Rory Staunton Field!


Join us for the second visioning session that will help determine the design of our open space for generations to come!



Tuesday, March 18th
6pm - 8pm
The Garden School
33-16 79th Street
Jackson Heights, NY

RSVP to Yessika Giraldo:
ygiraldo@council.nyc.gov or (718) 803-6373 x 205




Yessika A. Giraldo
Deputy Chief of Staff
NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm, 25th District
Community Office:
37-32 75th Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: (718) 803-6373 x 205 | Fax: (718) 803-9832
http://council.nyc.gov/d25/html/members/home.shtml
Title: Re: 3/18 Visioning Session for Travers Park! Join us!
Post by: Matt on March 18, 2014, 10:11:16 AM
This is tonight. The last one was really great. I am glad to see the outreach to make sure this park reflects the needs and desires of our community.
Title: Re: 3/18 Visioning Session for Travers Park! Join us!
Post by: taggie on March 19, 2014, 11:48:52 AM
 These events are really great for seeing who cares about the park. I would like to point out though that there
could be a lot more involvement of those who actually use the park and a presence of youth in these meetings.
 Also, more disclosure about what is off the table- like no work on the area that includes the kids
playgrounds (were recently renovated 2x) or the handball/full sloping basketball courts. Also no new comfort
stations, possibly renovations but not with any certainty. And what about relative prices for certain improvements compared to funds available. If a plan such as seating and greenery on 78th street eats all of the budget, is
this the single thing that the community wants the most?
  Something really odd was the little scale models that were supposed to give an idea of placement. Clearly no
soccer fans in who made these as the huge size of the field made people toss this idea instantly. Am not sure
this is so smart as one of our Jackson Heights playgrounds that is, in my opinion, really works and well-loved
by the community IS a soccer field between Northern and 34th Ave. behind the elementary school on 89th?
and with a great amount of seating on the Northern side. Is it regulation size? But it works and I think soccer
was discarded way too quickly as an option because of the models
  Also safety and maintenance issues were really glossed over. Why? Enclosing the park creates a number of
safety hazards but I would think the surrounding residents would be scared of having a deeply enclosed area
that would potentially attract problems at night. Were residents of the New Salem apts who will be majorly
affected consulted here? They should have a big say. Officers were there in the back for awhile and their
input would've been nice as I know that they drive right through the playground occasionally to make their
presence known.
 I know that there is one more spring summer session planned and if some Google data could be used on
who uses the park for what and when, we could do a more accurate job of planning real use activity. The
running track for example at IS230 is barely used. It's skateboard heaven (wonderful) most of the time but
another track seems redundant. Hope somewhere between the renovation behind PS69 that Councilman
Dromm mentioned and the park behind the school on 89th?st are close to what we ultimately get as they
both work in our heavily trafficked parks in our lovely neighborhood with lots of private, beautiful gardens.
Title: Re: 3/18 Visioning Session for Travers Park! Join us!
Post by: Matt on October 03, 2014, 10:54:22 PM
Has anyone heard any updates on the Travers Park renovations? I was under the impression that there would be a 3rd visioning session. Has it happened yet?
Title: Re: 3/18 Visioning Session for Travers Park! Join us!
Post by: itsit on October 05, 2014, 08:56:02 AM
 Me too! I have been wondering just where this park is in terms of planning. The other meetings were well advertised
and attended it seems to me...
Title: Re: 3/18 Visioning Session for Travers Park! Join us!
Post by: toddg on October 06, 2014, 10:11:13 PM
Big announcement tomorrow about parks funding.   Here's hoping that Travers gets a good slice.
Title: Re: 3/18 Visioning Session for Travers Park! Join us!
Post by: toddg on October 07, 2014, 04:12:18 PM
Travers was not one of the 35 parks listed.   They doesn't mean there's not funding for it... it is just not part of this new initiative.
Title: Re: 3/18 Visioning Session for Travers Park! Join us!
Post by: itsit on October 07, 2014, 04:45:23 PM
 Bummer! Seems like we were perfect given the descriptions of the other parks.
Title: Re: SECOND TRAVERS PARK VISIONING SESSION SCHEDULED
Post by: queensplantboy on January 14, 2015, 08:31:48 AM
We attended the session last year and haven't heard a peep regarding the status of Travers Park since. Is this still in the works? Has it been forgotten? Does anyone have any updates or have info on this?
Title: Re: SECOND TRAVERS PARK VISIONING SESSION SCHEDULED
Post by: lmaniace on January 15, 2015, 04:48:48 PM
Not forgotten. Some delays while city agencies work out some maintenance issues. If you want to stay on top of this and other environmental and civic issues here get on the JHBG mailing list by contacting me at LenManiace@gmail.com with JHBG mailing list in subject line. 
Title: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: Shelby2 on July 03, 2015, 12:28:00 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/R6WGcty.jpg)
From Daniel Dromm's newsletter

Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: Matt on July 03, 2015, 12:31:31 AM
I'm looking forward to this! I can't wait to see what they have come up with - hopefully a greener park that is more accessible and welcoming to all.
Title: Travers Park / Staunton Field - Design Plan
Post by: jmcinty on July 07, 2015, 12:45:36 PM
Has there been a plan or design approved or submitted for Travers park, especially including Staunton Field? Just curious
Title: Re: Travers Park / Staunton Field - Design Plan
Post by: toddg on July 07, 2015, 12:55:52 PM
There is a design in the works, and it will be unveiled soon:
http://www.jacksonheightslife.com/community/index.php?topic=13445.0
Title: Re: Travers Park / Staunton Field - Design Plan
Post by: itsit on July 08, 2015, 08:57:04 AM
 Was there ever a third "visioning session"? We were looking forward to participating closer to the end and maybe that's
what this is (?) or the public was left out of the final part of the process. Sure hope that the most active users of the parks
34th Ave side with volleyball and cricket are represented in the new plan as I didn't see them listed before.
Title: Re: Travers Park / Staunton Field - Design Plan
Post by: SamInNY on July 08, 2015, 11:14:12 AM
Yes, we were also hoping to come to that third session, as the other two conflicted with complicated work schedules.

Our original concern was that there be some green (plants!) included in the green space, but more recently we've joined a group of JH dog-owners who were hoping to get some provision for off-leash play (20 or so active, but over 1000 signed a petition as of a few weeks ago; I don't know what the current count is).

It's been hard to get information. Various staff people from Dromm's office and the various neighborhood groups told us there was going to be another visioning session, and so we've been waiting for that for several months. Did we miss the boat? We've been watching all these boards for announcements about that session.
Title: Re: Travers Park / Staunton Field - Design Plan
Post by: lmaniace on July 08, 2015, 03:32:58 PM
Two visioning sessions were held, resulting in a plan that includes a "great lawn” that would take approximately 2/3 of the athletic field. They did a pretty good jog of incorporating the ideas of those sessions. Personally I’m a little worried that our chronically underfunded Parks Department can maintain a lawn in such a heavily used park, but let’s hope so. The walk-through visioning session coming up in a couple of weeks is supposed to be more along the lines of tweaking the earlier sessions.
I’ll be posting the details on that session on the JHBG FB page today or tomorrow.

Meanwhile here’s a head’s up for green folks about something that starts this Saturday. Check JHBG FB page and JHL for more details. Italy has La Passeggiata, the evening walk around town. Check out what’s new in Jackson Heights.
Join your neighbors in a stroll around the neighborhood with a purpose - We’ll be counting Jackson Heights street trees.
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: toddg on July 11, 2015, 09:50:46 AM
Don't miss this today next Saturday!
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: toddg on July 13, 2015, 09:54:22 PM
Jackson Heights Post: Big plans for Travers Park to be unveiled Saturday (http://jacksonheightspost.com/big-plans-for-travers-park-to-be-unveiled-saturday/)
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: Matt on July 17, 2015, 11:28:01 PM
Don't miss this today next Saturday!
This Saturday!!!
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: jadasie on July 18, 2015, 09:08:53 PM
Any word on the redesign?
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: specanha on July 19, 2015, 07:24:37 AM
The design was unveiled. I posted some pictures I took of the schematics here: https://www.facebook.com/qnsbike
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: itsit on July 19, 2015, 07:45:03 AM
 The redesign looks greener, that's for sure. It's a tricky space and they "listened" to the people who came to the meetings alot of
who had young children. The displacement of the age 10+ users of the park is not realistic and was not designed by anyone who
spends evening hours there with full on use of the whole park athletically. Where will the older kids and adults play? We will have
tennis, baseball, some basketball (not full court), no soccer, displaced skaterboarders, no cricket and less handball which has to
also accomodate volleyball. Can't see this happening.
 The seating is great though. The green hill lawn looks pretty but seems utterly impossible to maintain given our current parks gardening staffing. One neighbor said aren't lawns so dated now? It won't be done for 4-5 years and will be supposedly
done in parts to keep the park open. The Farmers Market will be squeezed and the turnaround for the new Garden School
PreK with 240 teeny children was weirdly gone. Dangerous for dropoffs for the market and school children. Stage area is small
and room for birthday parties will be difficult.
 I wish they had held the 3rd visioning session so we could've discussed the plan before it jumped to a final version as there
are some great parts but some definite issues.
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: Matt on July 19, 2015, 10:58:27 AM
I think it looks great and it will be more welcoming to those of us that don't have kids and/or are older or less active. It's nice that the 78th Street portion of the park will extend all the way up to Northern. There's not enough room for all of the sports you mentioned, itsit. Despite the expansion, it's still a tiny park. A soccer field alone would have taken up most of Travers as was discussed at one of the visioning sessions.

This was the third session - it just was done in a different way than the first two, presenting the initial design before the community which could change. Scheduled completion of design is October 2015.

http://www.nycgovparks.org/planning-and-building/capital-project-tracker/project/6276 (http://www.nycgovparks.org/planning-and-building/capital-project-tracker/project/6276)

"Project Update: The schematic design for this project has been approved internally at Parks and is now going through review by the community board and external regulatory agencies for comment and approval."

Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: AmazingJason on July 19, 2015, 12:33:04 PM
1. Is there going to be a dog run?

2. LOL @ 2 tennis courts. It seems like there's room for 3, so I have no idea why there's only 2. And it's going to be constantly busy. People who want to play hounding players on the court, people fighting for courts - especially if there's no Parks employee present. Nobody is going to be able to actually enjoy themselves unless they're there to play for an hour. Might as well just scrap the idea and build something else there.
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: SamInNY on July 19, 2015, 02:46:34 PM
There is zero provision for dogs -- neither hours for off-lease play, nor a dedicated space.

If you are interested in trying to push for this, can you PM me?

Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: SamInNY on July 19, 2015, 03:23:23 PM
off-leash!
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: hfm on July 20, 2015, 10:55:44 PM
There's enough dog waste on the sidewalks, I don't want to have to step around it trying to use the green space.
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: toddg on July 20, 2015, 11:31:17 PM
Jackson Heights Post comes to the rescue with a .pdf image of the plan:
Design plans for Travers Park include a ‘Great Lawn’ (http://jacksonheightspost.com/design-plans-for-travers-park-include-a-great-lawn/)

I had a hard time interpreting this when I first saw it, so I'll pass along something that was explained to me:  The big new east-west walkway lining up with the big circle on 78th Street is approximately 40 feet south of the tall fence that currently separates the large asphalt yard from the children's play area.
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: ptbass75 on July 21, 2015, 12:09:08 AM
 I wonder if, with some creative architecting, Dudley and his new restaurant the Queensborough could create Jackson Heights' first Parkside outdoor eating area.

#bloodysforJH

Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: toddg on July 21, 2015, 12:16:05 AM
That would be fantastic!   But I think it would have to be exceptionally creative architecture, because the restaurant will be on 80th Street.
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: earbears on July 21, 2015, 12:29:06 AM
I am sorry to the loss of the baseball field and the basketball area. These are popular space and there really isn't other spots around. While the plan is beautiful and would bring a lot of green I fear that this is leaving out a large part of the community - older teens and young adults.

Is it possible to make the great lawn smaller so that we can include this important part of Jackson Heights. A real field for baseball/softball would bring green areas into the neighborhood. That lawn is large and keeping it properly would be difficult.

I guess I am sort of disappointed with this design.
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: ptbass75 on July 21, 2015, 12:46:09 AM
Whoops Todd, you are right.  Wishful thinking I guess. :o

And earbears, while the new design may limit the park options for older teens and young adults, a large lawn with benches would provide wonderful respite for vagrants.

Speaking of Spaces for teens and young adults, the amount of marijuana smoking going on down in the lower courts today was especially potent. I think all the kids in the sprinklers got contact highs.  it made me want to keep filling water balloons.



Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: Matt on July 21, 2015, 01:09:12 AM
Here it is for those that don't feel like clicking thorough:

(https://html2-f.scribdassets.com/7ib5vczneo4kybi3/images/1-eb60ab3eec.jpg)

The design does include an expansion of the playground, pushing it further south. I won't be using the playground, but this does not bother me. There are many areas of the park in this design that I won't make use of which is fine as I understand the park is meant to serve the community as a whole. As Travers Park is now, I don't use the park other than a place to pass through or to visit the farmers market. I will use the park if what is built resembles this design. I find it hard to believe I'm alone in feeling this way.

We definitely need more public, open green space in JH. This is a great start.

I am sorry to the loss of the baseball field and the basketball area. These are popular space and there really isn't other spots around. While the plan is beautiful and would bring a lot of green I fear that this is leaving out a large part of the community - older teens and young adults.

Is it possible to make the great lawn smaller so that we can include this important part of Jackson Heights. A real field for baseball/softball would bring green areas into the neighborhood. That lawn is large and keeping it properly would be difficult.

I guess I am sort of disappointed with this design.

There is a basketball court included in the design on the 77th Street side and there are also some basketball courts open to the public outside of school hours at the school across from Staunton field on 79th. The current park excludes a large part of the community and I believe the new design is more inclusive.

I'm excited about the design!
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: Jhlobo on July 21, 2015, 02:18:54 AM
I think the green lawn is a horrible idea. To take away the heavily used asphalt area that is used for baseball, vollyball, bike riding, jogging and tennis and replace it with a lawn just doesn't make sense.
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: Matt on July 21, 2015, 08:31:20 AM
With the addition of Staunton Field (which is remaining paved) and the expansion of 78th up to Northern, I think we may actually be gaining paved area.

I can think of several activities that the lawn would be good for that a paved area would not be.



Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: Shelby2 on July 21, 2015, 08:52:30 AM
DNA article

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150721/jackson-heights/great-lawn-performance-space-planned-for-travers-park-redesign
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: earbears on July 21, 2015, 12:33:02 PM
 We need space for teens and young adults. Yes there will be need to supervise the area - esp. at night. Actually, smoking pot while lying on the lawn will be a nicer place for this activity.

But, why are the plans pushing the activities out of the park. The answer is not that there are other areas - that is not really true. Also the neighborhood schools use that baseball field for gym classes and after school teams.

I would strongly urge the community and our representatives to try to get a revision to this plan. This may actually causing more issues instead of solving them.
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: Ms. Jackson on July 21, 2015, 03:09:38 PM
Matt is on the mark; I welcome the addition of a lawn. As others have said, I don't use the park now except to walk through and go to the Greenmarket. A lawn would provide a great space for lounging/reading in the grass on lazy days, law seating for movie nights and other events, and just generally more public green space. Desperately needed.
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: JHPost on July 21, 2015, 04:11:07 PM
http://jacksonheightspost.com/design-plans-for-travers-park-include-a-great-lawn/
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: Matt on July 21, 2015, 11:27:10 PM
But, why are the plans pushing the activities out of the park. The answer is not that there are other areas - that is not really true. Also the neighborhood schools use that baseball field for gym classes and after school teams.

I may be wrong, but it looks like there is a baseball diamond on the southeast corner of Staunton Field. I think the designers have been really considerate of the many uses of the park while trying to introduce some new ones.

For those that are new to Jackson Heights and aren't familiar with the recent history leading up to the redesign, there have been many positive additions of public space to the three blocks between 77th and 80th in this location.

1) What started as a temporary play street on 78th Street in the summer months became closed to traffic year round. It is now getting a makeover as part of the Dot's Plaza Program: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/pedestrians/publicplaza-sites.shtml#2008 (http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/pedestrians/publicplaza-sites.shtml#2008)

2) The Garden School had some financial difficulties and a decision was made to sell off their playground. Community members, with much help from Council Member Dromm's office, came together with a plan for the city to purchase this land which most likely would have ended up being sold to a developer: http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/rory-stanton-field (http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/rory-stanton-field)

3) The IS 145 schoolyard becomes part of the Schoolyards to Playgrounds program which renovates schoolyards in exchange for opening them to the community outside of school hours: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/ps-69-145-congested-jackson-heights-set-open-playgrounds-public-article-1.977432 (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/ps-69-145-congested-jackson-heights-set-open-playgrounds-public-article-1.977432)
http://www.nycgovparks.org/greening/planyc/schoolyards (http://www.nycgovparks.org/greening/planyc/schoolyards)

These all are great improvements to our neighborhood, however one thing they all share is that they are and will remain primarily paved and used for sports as per this design. The argument that we are losing paved area used for sports simply is not true. We've gained a tremendous amount.
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: jmcinty on July 22, 2015, 08:49:49 AM
Is there a concern that the great lawn will get trampled from over use if there is not some sort of pathway through it?  It could disrupt the parks mojo if there is always a "keep off the grass sign" out.  Just a thought
Title: Re: Travers Park design unveiling - July 18, 2015
Post by: itsit on July 22, 2015, 11:50:27 AM
 The sports that are currently played most days of the year in the area that would now be the grassy hill are volleyball,
cricket and soccer, none of which I believe are using regulation size courts. There was a choice to give tennis and baseball
their regulation courts. This disperses an evening crowd of JH's looking for recreation and athletics to where exactly?
Every other local area is full to capacity too. The smaller soccer field in the 90's is always packed. If you Google mapped
the activities in the park for a length of time to analyze use, I believe the numbers would skew towards excessive use
of the asphalted areas. IMHO a better way would be to take the fences down of course but put in lot's of green planting
of the shrub, small trees and perennial types which have gone a long way in the also busy parks of Manhattan to create
green space. Try walking around the park anytime after 5:00 and see what is being used and by whom. I feel certain
the planners did not do this.

  We need to be realistic and I think, progressive, about what this community is and installing a big green hill is questionable
in this time of climate change from an environmental perspective. Most areas are moving away from the green lawn-
even golf is looking for alternatives- and given the acute need for recreation and our limited budget is this the best choice?
I believe there should be a time factor imposed on the lawn if it becomes a reality. So that if it ends up being mostly mud
and taking a disproportionate amount of the park maintainence budget, there is a plan B. Or establish a conservancy
like the big parks have that make the staffing of the lawns a reality?
Title: Re: Travers Park / Staunton Field Redesign
Post by: jackinjh on June 23, 2016, 04:09:11 PM
Anyone know what is the latest status on this.
Title: Re: Travers Park / Staunton Field Redesign
Post by: jackinjh on June 23, 2016, 04:13:29 PM
Looking at NYC Park website:
https://www.nycgovparks.org/planning-and-building/capital-project-tracker/project/6276

Does that mean spring or summer of 2017 the park will start the construction and we won't be able to access to it.
Title: Re: Travers Park / Staunton Field Redesign
Post by: abu benuska on June 24, 2016, 01:05:22 PM
According to previous announcements, the construction will be phased, and some parts of the park will always be open. Doesn't mean it's gonna be perfect or good. But... I guess you can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs.

Title: Re: Travers Park / Staunton Field Redesign
Post by: Di_11372 on June 29, 2016, 07:21:32 AM
When will tney start breaking ground? 2017?