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A veteran city parks advocate has taken the reigns at the Fort Greene Parks Conservancy, and will use her considerable urban planning experience to ensure locals have a top-notch green space to enjoy, according to one conservancy honcho.

“Rosamond’s experience working with a wide array of agencies and groups in NYC and her personal poise, humility, and work ethic made her a great fit,” said Brad Schneller, who serves on the board of directors for Fort Greene Park Conservancy, a not-for-profit organization that helps maintain the park and organize programming.

Rosamond Fletcher took over as the conservancy’s first ever executive director last month, and says she looks forward to working with a diverse mix of park patrons to ensure she understands what locals want out of Fort Greene’s eponymous green space.

“Fort Greene Park exists in a unique context with great socioeconomic diversity, so the Conservancy has a responsibility to engage with all community members to balance priorities and build consensus, as possible,” Fletcher said.

And coming hot on the heels of a nearly seven-year tenure as director of programs for the Design Trust for Public Space, Fletcher said she understands the most important thing about city parks are the people who use them, and she looks forward to expanding the green space’s appeal to a wider audience.

“Talking to people in the park about their experiences in the park, what they care about, and how the conservancy can strengthen their connection to the park or, better yet, talking to people in the neighborhood that have not yet ventured into the park or taken advantage of our programming and then seeing them in the park!”

— Elizabeth Winn

Updated 10:54 am, July 23, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Pashmina McRatchet says:
Looks like they got themselves a bona fide SJW to fix things at that park and squash any trace of white supremacy. They need to bus in Koreans too because they’re surely under represented. Pull down that monument while you’re at it and put up something more appropriate and less historical because anything pre-2008 was clearly racist.
July 22, 3:45 pm
Pashmina McRatchet says:
...in fact the word ‘fort’ is militaristic and should be banned. It makes certain groups uncomfortable. The word ‘park’ makes me think of cars which will be banned anyway in the New Green Deal. I suggest the name be changed to ‘Diversity Acres’ but keeping the Whites corralled into the southeast portions of the park so that people of color can have their own designated safe spaces where they will not feel threatened.
July 22, 6:30 pm
Michael from Bay Ridge says:
What a waste of money these people are. The same could be achieved by literally doing nothing for no money.
July 23, 6:09 am
Daler from Fourt Green says:
Don't cut the trees for that stupid proposal please!
July 23, 7:30 am
Penelope from Park Slope says:
I can’t believe this woman’s climate change denial! She’s going to remove the trees? My god, she’s what we get in Trump’s America.
July 23, 8:13 am
Alda from Fort Greene says:
Just as long as she keeps the park for the residents that's great. But once the city starts to get its own agenda there becomes a situation because you're no thinking about the people of Fort Greene.
July 23, 11:47 am
Deborah from Fort green says:
Why would you want to take down the moment, when it is a land mark, which represents the word fort that monument is built on top of burial ground. Build around it.
July 24, 1:32 pm
Anima Arbor from NYC says:
Dear Michael from Bay Ridge: Save money by doing nothing in the Park? Do you remember the 1970s and 1980s in FGP? Nothing was done and it was a urban wasteland. The Park is now beautiful, well-maintained, there is an abundance of free public programming. That is what you get for your money. And to those upset by Parks without Borders and the tree removal, that is the City Parks Department NOT the Conservancy. The Conservancy does all the public programming in the park; the parks department maintains the actual grounds. Please do your research before making such comments.
July 25, 11:41 am

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