ABOUT      FRIENDS of COLUMBUS PARK

14TH ANNUAL SUMMER FIELD DAY for KIDS JUNE 2013

MESSAGE FROM the PRESIDENT

IN MEMORY of BOBBY LEE ROBERT LEE ALBERT SUN

FINANCIAL LITERACY for KIDS 2010, 2011

JACQUELYNN YOUNG  SCHOLARSHIP for HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS 2013

SUMMER FIELD DAY at COLUMBUS PARK

OUR EVENTS & PROGRAMS

ABOUT   SPORTS for KIDS  PICTURES

COLUMBUS PARK PAVILION HISTORY RESTORATION GRAND OPENING - OUR VISION

ALERT! ALERT! RATS, RATS, RATS in COLUMBUS PARK

We are now members of the CHINATOWN WORKING GROUP

SENIOR DAY in NY CHINATOWN

  COLUMBUS     PARK  BALL FIELD VICTORY

ABOUT COLUMBUS PARK  CURRENT ISSUES

COLUMBUS PARK PICTURE GALLERY

SPECIAL THANKS   to OUR CONTRIBUTORS

NY CHINATOWN COMMUNITY NEWS

WHY KIDS?OUR KIDS, OUR FUTURE

CONTACT US INFORMATION

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Welcome to the Friends of Columbus Park homepage!

We are a 501(c)3 not for profit all volunteer community based

organization located in Manhattan's NY Chinatown.

                 

                  

    

                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

                             Columbus Park Pavilion, NY Chinatown, Manhattan, 2005

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Our Mission:

Ø      to ensure that the park is safe, clean and presentable, and that all facilities and structures are mainatained and functional.

Ø      to ensure that the park serves the general public and surrounding community regardless of race, politics, religion and beliefs.

Ø      to promote & advocate for the establishment of a "Youth Center" in NY Chinatown, Manhattan.

Ø      to support & promote programs & special events for kids. teenagers, seniors and community.

Ø      to maintain the park as a cultural & social resource for the surrounding community.

Ø      to work together with park and city officials to inform and involve the community in key park issues.

Ø      to raise funds to support our mission.

 

          

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                        “MESSAGE from the PRESIDENT”

Hi Everyone, 

Since 2002, Friends of Columbus Park (FoCP) has been involved in issues concerning

our park. Our primary focus has always been to advocate for a safe and clean

park that can adequately serve our kids, seniors and the general public in our

community. Like many community organizations we began because there was a need

that needed fixing.  That need focused around the Columbus Park Pavilion, which

has been closed and left to decay in the park for over 30 years. During this time

the only ones using the Pavilion were the hundreds of park pigeons that flew and

nested in and around the Pavilion, and the neighborhood homeless that used the

Pavilion at night as a homeless shelter. Occasionally, the community & visitors would

use the surrounding trees and corners of the Pavilion as their public bathroom whenever

they needed to go.

 

This prompted me to submit the Columbus Park Pavilion as one of the sorriest public

sites in NYC, sending photos with a brief statement of the deplorable conditions of the

Columbus Park Pavilion. To my surprise, the Pavilion was nominated into the

"Hall of Shame". The Hall of Shame is run by an organization called "Projects for

Public Spaces", this organization runs a public based program that allows community

groups or individuals to submit deplorable public spaces for nomination into their

"Hall of Shame". The Columbus Park Pavilion in NY Chinatown finally got some press.

Why was the Columbus Park Pavilion put in the Hall of Shame?

·         Totally inaccessible - it's fenced off and locked.

·         It has become home for the hundreds of pigeons in the area.

·         Nothing goes on here - although the rest of the park has lots of activity

·         It could be a thriving community place and a focal point for the park

           

                                       Fence around the Pavilion ---------------------------------------------------------------- Pigeons Perching                                                                 

 

 

  On Oct. 25, 2007, the Columbus Park Pavilion finally reopens.

 

                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Columbus Park Pavilion:       Restored to do what?

Like anything in life, nothing comes easy. The Pavilion construction is now completed, the

community  faces the big question, Columbus Park Pavilion is being restored to do what?

Plans for use and future maintenance of the Pavilion have not yet been discussed with the

community. The fact that construction plans do not include enclosing the upper loggia of the

Pavilion means that the building will be open to the slow decay of the outdoor elements. It's

time for our community to adopt the Pavilion as one of our community cornerstones. It's

important for us to use the Pavilion for social service programs and recreation. The community

needs to have a voice and we all need to get involved.

Columbus Park Victory:

In 2004-2006 money (Federal grant, elected public officials & LMDC) was raised to finally

restore the Columbus Park Pavilion. In 2005, Mayor Bloomberg’s decision to use Joseph

Temezko's ($1.1 million) donation to remodel the Columbus Park, NY Chinatown ball-field. Their plan was to

replace the decaying asphalt with synthetic grass (fake grass).  The ball-field project was

completed in 2005.

All Purpose Turf vs. Synthetic (Fake) Grass: 

Why should our community be limited to what we can do in

Columbus Park?

FoCP supported & endorsed the mayor’s decision to use the money for the re-modeling of the

Columbus Park ball-field but not the decision to remodel the ball-field with fake grass. FoCP

together with the Columbus Park Exercise Group (mostly seniors) began a community campaign

in support of an all-purpose, no limitation field vs. the city’s plan to remodel the whole field to

synthetic (fake) grass.

 

Why should our community be limited to what we can do in the

park?

 

We wanted the money to be used for the installation of an all-purpose, no limitation field

(similar to what was used in Seward park - asphalt with rubber paint topping) instead of

the proposed synthetic grass. We realized early on that having a ball-field of synthetic grass

would drastically limit what the community can do in the park (restricting use of chairs,

tents, tables, stages and prohibiting roller skating, bicycle riding, volleyball, seniors exercising,

martial arts, large events etc. from park use) and the question of maintenance and cleaning of

the fake grass would also became a major issue. 

 

With the help of the community we took action and organized a petition campaign

(3505 signatories &405 businesses/Asian organizations signed the petition) against

synthetic turf and for all multi-purpose asphalt. After compromising, we now have a ball-field

that is 1/2 asphalt (designed with 3 new 1/2 court basketball courts and 3 volleyball courts) and

1/2 synthetic grass. The park right now is looking pretty.

 

Now that we have synthetic grass at Columbus Park, the big question concerning the grass is

Safety, Maintenance and Cleaning of the fake turf. Reports from community of broken grass,

dog feces, cleaning  and decaying are slowly becoming major issues and this is all occurring when

the turf is fairly new. We can only speculate what the future holds as the synthetic turf becomes

older.

 

 

 

  

             New Synthetic Turf ------------------------------------ New Basketball Courts --------------------------------- New Landscaping (North Side of Park)       

Supporting Our Neighborhood Parks:

We all rely on a portion of our taxes to maintain and clean our parks. Recent history has

shown us all not to rely on this. Money allocated for public parks are never guaranteed. Money

for public parks are always tied into the City of NY budget and in most cases money will go to

richer neighborhoods and not to NY Chinatown Parks. Although recently, money has fallen from

the tree for Columbus Park the question  always remains, Will there be future money falling

from the tree to maintain Columbus Park and other Parks in NY Chinatown?

 Sharing A “VISION”:  NY Chinatown's first small community center ???

FoCP has become a voice representing NY Chinatown concerning Columbus Park.

It has taken a lot of hard work. It has always been my vision to convert the Columbus Park Pavilion

to NY Chinatown's first small community center, a place which can be shared by everyone

regardless of race, politics or religion. A place that we can have Town Hall Meetings, recreational

& educational activity, see movies, have cultural performances, have workshops, view & discuss

history etc.. We need a center that  is open 7 days a week, day and evening hours.

 

I've always wanted our community to be strong and have a say on all issues that affect us. Our

community needs to develop strong leadership that works together and communicates with each

other. This is my vision for Columbus Park & NY Chinatown. So join me and others in making a

difference for tomorrow’s future.

 

Paul Gong,

Founder & President of Friends of Columbus Park

*ONLY COMMUNITIES that WORK TOGETHER can MAKE A DIFFERENCE*

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Community Supporters & Friends: (↓ Continue to scroll down ↓)

 

  1.     Asian American Youth Center (AAYC)

  2. Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC)          

  3.  Asian American Federation of New York (AAFNY)

  4.    Asian Women in Business (AWIB)

  5.  

  6. (Chinese American Student Exposure Inc

  7. CHINATOWN YMCA (CYMCA)

  8. Chinatown Athletic Council (CAC)

  9. Chinatown Athletic Soccer (CAS)

  10. Chinese American Planning Council (CPC)

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  12. Columbus Park Exercise Group (CPEG)

  13. Chinese School Crimson Kings Drum Corp (CSCKDC)

  14.    Eastern Region Dragon Boat Association

  15.   Friends of Seravalli Park (FoSP)

  16. Golden Lions Club

  17.   HOMECREST Cruisers Athletic Association (Basketball)

  18.     Immigrant Social Services (ISS)

  19.  

  20. New York Maximum Output

  21. New York Asian Women’s Center (NYAWC)

  22. North American Chinese Volleyball Association

  23.   NY Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC)

  24. NY FISHMEN Basketball Team

  25. NY Thunder Basketball Team

  26.  New York Rockits, AIA (Basketball)

  27.   NY Sabres (Basketball)

  28.    North American Chinese Volleyball Association

  29. NY Strangers (Volleyball)

  30.   NY Wall St. Lions Club

  31.   OCA-NY Chapter

  32.   United East Athletic Association 

  33.   United States Asian Basketball Association (Basketball)

Note: Click on organization to enter & view organizational websites

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FoCP Contact Information: 

Telephone                    Fax                                 Postal Address
917-414-3440                                       135 Grand St., 2nd fl., New York, NY 10013
Electronic mail
General Information: focp@focpny.org Contact: paulgong@focpny.org