Befriend the Friends of Cooper Park

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(far left) Paul Kelterborn lead organizer of the Friends of Cooper Park at a planning meeting with NYC Parks and the Open Space Alliance held on November 13th.

Friends of Cooper Park is a new neighborhood group with a mission to improve and maintain Cooper Park (Maspeth Ave., Sharon St. bet. Olive St. and Morgan Ave.). This park was first established in 1895 and in 2015 upgraded the tennis, handball and basketball courts plus added a new dog run, a skateboard park, and volleyball courts.

This November the Friends of Cooper Park held meeting to brainstorm about short- and long-term goals for the park. This resulted in the following priorities: maintaining a cleaner park, working to improve the plants and landscape plan, organizing more events, bringing back a farmers’ market, and establishing a “Leave no Trace” campaign to encourage people to leave the park cleaner than they found it.

They are looking to inspire neighbors to join the group.

“As a brand new organization, we are most in need of people who have enthusiasm for grassroots advocacy work. In the coming months we hope to create a website, research grant, and organize events for 2018. All help with these initiatives is welcome,” said Paul Kelterborn, who is leading Friends of Cooper Park.

Friends of Cooper Park is open to all who are interested in helping to advocate for a better park. If you are interested in more information join the Facebook group “Friends of Cooper Park” here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/130042337714275/about/

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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