Residents Invited to Join ‘Friends of 18th Ave. Park’

BROOKLYN -

Local residents are invited to become inaugural members of a new neighborhood organization, “Friends of 18th Avenue Park,” an initiative of Councilman David Greenfield. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at Greenfield’s district office, 4424 16th Ave.

Members would meet bimonthly to discuss ways to improve the neighborhood park, and to prevent illegal activities and after-hours use. The alliance would also be responsible for locking the gate each night to help deter vandalism.

Thanks to an allocation of over $3 million from then-Councilman Simcha Felder and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the park, officially known as Gravesend Park, underwent massive reconstruction a few years ago, reopening in February 2008 with a new playground and many other user-friendly features.

Greenfield decided to launch Friends of 18th Avenue Park after meeting with community leaders in response to complaints from nearby residents about issues at the park, including late-night noise and activity.

Anyone interested in joining the “Friends of 18th Avenue Park” should contact Greenfield at (718) 853-2704 or dgreenfield@council.nyc.gov.