Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to join all of the NYC Parks summer interns and listen to Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver speak on the history and the exciting future of New York City parks. He talked about several initiatives including increasing park-neighborhood connectivity through Parks Without Borders, refreshing city pools through Cool Pools, and giving underserved communities the renovated parks they deserve through the Community Parks Initiative. Through every initiative shone the themes of accessibility, equity, and resilience.
My interest was so sparked, I had to learn more. As the Commissioner mingled among the interns I asked if we could continue the conversation about equity and resilience, and talk about what Freshkills Park has to do with it all.
-Damaris Borden, 2019 Climate Change Intern