Beginning at 6am on Thursday July 1, Jackson Heights will temporarily gain a little more open space as 78th Street will become a temporary Public Plaza 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until August 31.
In other words, 62 days of:
Extra play space when Travers is crowded!
Extra space for the Greenmarket!
Somewhere to ride bikes and scooters!
A shaded “green” seating area! (In the works…)
This exciting pilot project is, hopefully, the first of many improvements to the issue of open space access in Jackson Heights.
Please join us to celebrate this event, and to illustrate our community’s support for more changes like this to all of the elected officials in attendance.
Thursday, July 1st
78th Street between Northern Blvd and 34th Ave
-Sports and games
On Thursday the 20th of May, Community Board 3 of Queens voted in favor of supporting the 78th street play street initiative. We are making 78th street between 34th avenue and Northern Boulevard a car-free street. This is a pilot project that will last two months and we believe it will be a great success.
We are very grateful to CB3, and all of the other individuals, groups and elected officials who have helped achieve this.
We would like to thank:
The Jackson Heights Beautification Group
Friends of Travers Park
Queens Community House
The Department of Transportation
The Department of Health
And all of our volunteers who have helped make the Play Street happen the past two years.
A special thanks has to go out to all of the people who came out to the meeting last night. The festive atmosphere you created buoyed everyone’s spirits and made the positive vote possible.
Stay tuned for more details on our plans for this year and the future!
The Jackson Heights Green Alliance, the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, and the Friends of Travers Park have developed a proposal to expand our two-year-old Sunday Play Street program. We are proposing a pilot project to create a car-free 78th Street Play Street (between Northern Blvd and 34th Avenue) every day for the summer months of July and August, 2010.
Community Board 3 will vote on on our pilot project proposal on Thursday, May 20th.
We have the support of many local politicians and community members, as well as a number of city agencies.
But approval of the plan is anything but assured. That is why we need you to let the Community Board know your opinion on whether to expand the Play Street operation to July and August everyday. The meeting is Thursday, May 20:
78th Street Play Street Hearing
Community Board 3
Thursday, May 20th 7:30pm
IS 227 Louis Armstrong School
32-02 Junction Blvd (between Northern and 32nd Avenue)
If you cannot make the Community Board meeting, please email the Board at:
Also, please cc the Council Member at:
This is an important night for our organization and our community. Please come out and support this effort if you can.
Jackson Heights Green Alliance
We are applying to run the Play Street again this year as we have done the past two years. The dates are June 1st until October 31st.
This year, however, we also want to open the street to the community for a longer stretch, from Monday to Sunday for the entire months of July and August. This will help alleviate the problems we have with the severe congestion in Travers Park.
You can help us with this by signing our petition. Please print out a copy, fill it out and get your friends and neighbors to sign it too. The more signatures we get, the stronger a case we will have.
You can find it here.
You can return the completed petitions to Espresso 77 on 77th street just north of 37th avenue.
We’re delighted to announce the start of the 78th Street 2009 Season!
It will run from June until November 1st and we’re hoping it will be as much fun as it was last year.
Would you like to help out? If so please get in touch with us!
- Volunteer as a Street Captain
- Donate art supplies
- Donate childrens books
- Donate toys and sports equipment
- Organize an activity or performance! Either for yourself or invite a friend, we are open to all sorts of fun events
- Donate money! It will be spent on supplies and activities for the Play Street
Please join us tonight at 7PM to discuss programming for the Play Street. It will be held at 82nd Street Academics in the Community Church on 35th Avenue.