DSI Reflecting on Summer 2022’s Community Design for Leaders Course

Community Conservation: Creating Connection Through Closure

Leah Brown

Green spaces are important for thriving communities. This is particularly true in New York City, and evermore necessary in a time of COVID-19. By closing East River Park, a 57.5 acre waterfront park along the East River in Lower Manhattan for climate resiliency, the individuals and communities who rely on the park are losing an invaluable resource that is essential to their health and wellbeing. By connecting these communities through a park celebration event and creating a shared alternative green space map, park users will generate long term shared support for one another and strengthen community resiliency.

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