Resolution J252-2013

Commending the Prospect Park Alliance upon the occasion of celebrating its 25th Anniversary

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  • Jan 24, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 24, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 18, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending  the Prospect Park Alliance upon the
occasion of celebrating its 25th Anniversary

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions and individuals who would devote themselves to the welfare of  the
community and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commend
the  Prospect  Park  Alliance  upon the occasion of celebrating its 25th
Anniversary, to be observed at the Prospect  Park  Anniversary  Ball  on
Saturday, November 10, 2012; and
  WHEREAS,  In  partnership with the City of New York and the community,
the Prospect Park Alliance restores,  develops,  and  operates  Prospect
Park  for  the  enjoyment  of all by caring for the natural environment,
preserving historic design, and serving the  public  through  facilities
and programs; and
  WHEREAS,  The Prospect Park Alliance was formed in 1987 to restore the
Park after years of budget cuts and a steady deterioration of  both  its
natural areas and usage; and
  WHEREAS,  By  supplementing  the  Park's  basic  operating budget with
private funds, the Alliance has  initiated  a  large  array  of  capital
projects and community programs; and
  WHEREAS,  Moreover,  the  Alliance has boosted public awareness of the
crucial role parks play in the urban environment, while gaining  support
from  donors  and  volunteers  for  the  restoration  projects that have
brought Prospect Park back to prominence; and
  WHEREAS, The Alliance has not only been active in the  restoration  of
Prospect Park's physical well-being, but also its transformation into an
important cultural institution; and
  WHEREAS,  It was instrumental in the restoration of the 1912 Carousel,
the transformation of Lefferts Historic House into the first  children's
historic house museum in the United States, the renovation of the Park's
playgrounds, and the capital campaign to save Brooklyn's only forest - a
restoration of 150 acres of ailing woodlands in the Park's Ravine; and
  WHEREAS,  The Prospect Park Alliance formed a trailblazing partnership
with the National Audubon Society that resulted in  the  nation's  first
urban  Audubon Center, which opened in 2002 at the Park's historic Boat-
house; and
  WHEREAS, Recent successful projects instituted by the Alliance include
the renovation of Bailey Fountain in  Grand  Army  Plaza,  the  complete
reconstruction  of  the  40-acre  Parade  Ground, and a brand new Tennis
Center; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, the planning process is now underway to  replace
the Park's beloved Wollman Rink with a new Lakeside Center; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Alliance's  efforts  combined  with the support of many
business partners, private donors, and Alliance members, have  increased
use  of  the  Park by 300 percent, while making critical improvements to
its fragile ecosystem and  preserving  its  historic  and  architectural
treasures; and
  WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when organiza-
tions of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to  our  atten-
tion,  they  should  be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commend  the Prospect Park Alliance upon the occasion of celebrating its
25th Anniversary; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Prospect Park Alliance.

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