Feb. 18, 2015 By Christian Murray
The Long Island City group that oversees the waterfront parks has several plans this year–from hosting outdoor movies, organizing a music series, to even erecting an ice skating rink inside Hunters Point South Park next winter.
The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, which was formed about a year ago, is looking for new members to help develop and build upon these ideas. The group is holding a membership drive at SHI next week and is looking for new people to join.
New ideas that have recently been put forward include bringing the acrobats from the Circus Warehouse, located at 53-21 Vernon Blvd, to perform at Hunters Point South Park.
“We want to get the word out that people can join,” said Rob Basch, the president of the group. He said that he wants as many people as possible to get involved in the running of the two waterfront parks.
Basch said the group has plans to screen six movies at Hunters Point South Park this year starting at the end of April. The films, to be sponsored by Nest Seekers, will be shown once a month and will be movies with broad appeal. The first movie will be ‘Frozen’, with the remaining five films still to be selected.
Last September, the group screened its first film Julie & Julia.
The group will be holding a music series this summer although the details are still being worked out.
Meanwhile, the group is making headway in its attempt to bring an ice skating rink to the park. It is working with a well-known company that constructs outdoor rinks and is looking to put together blueprints of the oval.
Basch said that the rink would most likely go up for about four months—from mid November through mid-March. The rink would need to be up for a number of months to defray costs. There would be an admission fee and sponsors would be brought on to cover the cost.
However, for now, the focus is on bringing on new members.
In order to do so, SHI is offering a free appetizer for all new members and a free drink for both new and existing members.
“We want more members and for more people to get involved,” Basch said.
Details of the membership drive event:
Date: February 24th
Time: 7 pm
Location: SHI, 47-20 Center Blvd.
Aim: To get residents to attend and join