UPDATE: Pictures are now up!
Press Release Contact: Sue Wolfe
Friends of Douglas/Greene Park, Inc. 917-868-5332
Saturday, April 25th was a fun time for all ages at Thomas Greene Park in Gowanus located at Third Avenue & Douglass Street.
There was sunshine, live music, free food and skaters of every description from everywhere, Brooklyn and beyond!
The extensive skate network of Michelle Sauer and Jose Portes of HOMAGE, the skate and health food shop at 151 Smith St, drew hundreds of skaters. They swarmed and settled in for a long afternoon of skating at its best: contests, clinics and serious practice at Thomas Greene Park on the edge of downtown Brooklyn. The skating was supervised by the HOMAGE team, who’ve had lots of experience with kids and skate events. Five hours and the live music never stopped.
Recruited by Board member Cynthia Hammond, the diverse music included newspaper writer Steve Witt on guitar, reggae sounds from “Widdeyah”, “With Legs We Run” punk rock group and the tweeny girl group, “Saffire”
While Friends of Douglass/Greene Park organized the event, provided free water and raffled t-shirts, the Wyckoff Gardens Tenants Association donated hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy, feeding hundreds & sponsored two inflated games for the little kids.
Local artist and board member mac premo designed the Gowanus Grind T-shirts, sold for $10.00, and supervised the “Paint board” art project at the event.
Lauren Elvers Collins represented the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, with information on the GCC mission and projects and offered various GCC products for sale.
Jo Anne Simon, candidate for the 33rd District City Council seat just happened to be visiting when an accident occurred in the skate area. Luckily for everyone, Jo Anne jumped into the breach and worked with several adults in getting help for the injured skater.
Gary Reilly, City Council candidate from the 39th District and Joan Millman, State Assembly Representative both stopped in to visit and enjoy the skate day events.
The Friends of Douglass/Greene Park, Inc. is a coalition of neighboring communities and 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to refurbish this park. The Friends sponsor three annual events to raise awareness and funding for the park. Although the park has been at Third Avenue and Douglass for more than 40 years, it is a little known NYC Parks facility in a rapidly expanding residential area. Representatives of the Boerum Hill Association, the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association, the Cobble Hill Association, Park Slope Civic Council and Wyckoff Gardens Tenants Association have been working together with City Council members Bill DeBlasio and David Yassky, Borough President Marty Markowitz and the Parks Department to revitalize Thomas Greene Park. To get on the mailing list, visit http://www.friendsofdouglassgreenepark.org.