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Open Space Alliance’s Party4Parks raises funds for North Brooklyn parks

Nonprofit Parks Agency Honors Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park

June 5, 2017 By Andy Katz Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, from left: Kim Fraser, Steve Chessler and Katherine Conkling Thompson. Eagle photos by Andy Katz
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Open Space Alliance recently held its Party4Parks in Williamsburg’s Amazon Fashion Studio, raising money to continue its efforts in supporting all park spaces in Community District 1. According to organizers, more than 300 people attended the gala that raised more than $200,000 for the organization’s efforts to maintain and improve parks.

The honoree for the night’s gala was Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, whose members had cause to celebrate as they finally attained the entire space for the promised, multi-use recreation space earlier this year.

The venue for the night’s celebration was Amazon’s Fashion Studio in Williamsburg, overlooking the East River. Bright posters and electronic screens filled the interior while celebrants moved over several levels, availing themselves at generously appointed beverage stations. The open roof afforded a gorgeous view across the East River until a light rain drove most of those attending back inside.

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Formed in 2003 as a nonprofit dedicated to improving park spaces in North Brooklyn, Open Space Alliance recently implemented its Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program, which encourages community-based volunteers to maintain the parks, plant trees and flowers and clean up the grounds during the spring and summer seasons.


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