- Contact your local Community Board and/or call 311 to make complaints. When you call 311, the claim goes directly to the Parks Manager and then he/she has 48 hours to fix the problem in the park. Also, make sure to request a meeting with the Parks Manager to meet you at the park to review the problem and see how it was fixed.
- Work with the Partnership for Parks to create a “Friends of Group” for parks that don’t have them. “Friends of” groups become part of a citywide network of people connected with and interested in improving their local parks. Anthony Martinez is the coordinator for the Bronx.
- Join the Parks Committee of your local Community Board.
- Work with your Community Board to get the Community Affairs Department of the nearby precinct to increase police patrolling near the parks.
- Set up a meeting with your local City Council member to discuss the capital funds for your local parks and increasing the number of Park Enforcement Patrol officers.
- Attend the Parks Department budget consultation/“scopes” meeting to voice concerns about local parks. Anyone from the community can attend.
In addition to this invaluable information from the Parks Department, one of the major takeaways from this meeting was the importance of community involvement in all work that we do. In order to make significant, sustainable improvements to our parks in the Bronx, community residents must be at the forefront of all activities and discussions, because they know their community best -- they know the people, the concerns, and the solutions better than anyone else. For these reasons, we strongly encourage our partners and colleagues to make sure that community residents are sitting front and center when developing and implementing programs and policies that aim to improve the health of the Bronx and reduce health disparities.