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Now New York Has Their Own Version!

Sound familiar?What makes a park a park?
Though the plan is overwhelmingly opposed by NYU’s faculty and neighbors, the city, under Mayor Bloomberg, finally blessed it, handing the university four strips of public parkland for its private use, ostensibly for academic purposes.
The plan’s opponents sued the city, since, under an age-old legal code called the Public Trust Doctrine, parkland may not be “alienated” — meaning, turned into something else — without explicit approval by the state legislature, approval NYU had not obtained. The university and the city skirted that requirement by claiming that those parks are not in fact parks, since they were never formally “mapped” as such (i.e., not transferred officially to the Parks Department).

The Time to Save Our NYC Parks Is Now

By Mark Ruffelo

Huffington Post June 4, 2015

What makes a park a park?

Ordinarily, that might be a question for a New York dinner party. Today, it is an urgent legal question before the New York Court of Appeals. For our state’s highest court will either save our city parks, by reaffirming a time-honored civic principle, or they will throw it out, and so allow the city to seize countless open spaces long enjoyed as public parks, and hand them over to private developers, without approval from the state Legislature.

Such is the looming consequence of New York University’s plan to bulk up its Greenwich Village presence with four huge towers — roughly 2 million square feet of commercial real estate — crammed onto the two residential blocks just south of Washington Square.

Though the plan is overwhelmingly opposed by NYU’s faculty and neighbors, the city, under Mayor Bloomberg, finally blessed it, handing the university four strips of public parkland for its private use, ostensibly for academic purposes.

Read the entire article here

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Renee Lewis Interview on Colorado Today

On Sunday December 15 Renee Lewis’ interview with Wayne Yaffee on the Colorado Today Show will air.
Colorado Today runs at 6am on Alice 105.9, at 7am on 99.5 The Mountain, and at 8am on KOSI 101.1.  Please don’t miss this as Renee discusses new and exciting developments.

Update!!

Hootenanny Fundraiser a BIG SUCCESS!!

Dear Friends of Denver Parks,

Thank You   Thank You   Thank you

For your support of the “Hootenanny Good Time” Gala on Saturday night!  We had a great evening among friends, with dinner, dancing, a picture slide show, legal updates, a special version of “This Land is Our Land” by Larry Ambrose (words available here), and great optimism for our challenge.  Thanks to you, we have the funds to carry on the legal battle for some time.

The Court of Appeals has promised a decision by January 1. Stay tuned for all of the happenings.  When we know something, you will know it, too.

KC Keefer called me one day and said, I want to help Friends of Denver Parks and I am a videographer.  I said sure, but was unprepared for the amazing quality and talent of KC’s film work.  This is a taste, he hopes to finish the editing and release the final copy next week.  See “Hampden Height Heist” link below.   Just shows Friends of Denver Parks will not be treading water any time soon.  Also we have received news that a very important personage is considering joining/contributing to Friends of Denver Parks.  We will have more news after the elections in this area.  When you start out on an adventure such as ours, then you never know who you will meet along the way.

Renee- President
Friends of Denver Parks
www.friendsofdenverparks.org
friendsofdenverparks@gmail.com
303-337-2947