FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2020
New Yorkers for Parks Supports City Council’s 10-Point Plan to Open NYC Beaches Safely this Summer
Urge Mayor de Blasio: “Let People Swim, Sunbath, Safely Socialize. It’s an Equity, Mental and Physical Health Priority.”
New York, NY - New Yorkers for Parks the citywide advocate for parks and open space, released the following statement from Executive Director Adam Ganser, in support of the New York City Council’s 10 point guidelines and recommendations for the city to open beaches safely this summer.
“With city pools and playgrounds closed, and parks packed on nice days, beaches present the last resort for New Yorkers needing to cool off this summer. We urge the Mayor to quickly adopt the City Council’s plan for opening New York City’s beaches.
“While stopping the spread of COVID-19 is paramount, so is protecting residents’ physical and mental health. Increasing available outdoor space, and opening the beaches, and doing so in a manner that ensures equitable access, is critical to that effort.”
About New Yorkers for Parks:
For over 100 years New Yorkers for Parks has been the independent champion for quality parks and open space for all New Yorkers. Through our research, advocacy, and the Daffodil Project, we work with communities and elected officials to promote and preserve quality open space across the city. We are a founding member of Play Fair, a multi-year campaign to protect and create jobs, and ensure open spaces receive essential maintenance and care, particularly in light of the increased use of parks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more: www.ny4p.org or www.playfair.nyc