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Waterfront parks group signs up new members, outlines 2015 plans

(Left to Right) Abe King, Rob Basch - President Hunters Point Park Conservancy, Mark Christie-Vice President Hunters Point Park Conservancy and Frank Raffaele-CEO Coffeed (LIC Landing)

(Left to Right) Abe King, Rob Basch – President Hunters Point Park Conservancy, Mark Christie-Vice President Hunters Point Park Conservancy and Frank Raffaele-CEO Coffeed (LIC Landing)

Feb. 25, 2015 By Christian Murray

More than 75 people turned out last night at SHI restaurant for the 2015 launch party of the waterfront parks group.

The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, which organizes events and helps maintain the waterfront parks, also held the event to recruit new members.  The event was a success with more than 20 new people signing up.

Rob Basch, the president of the Conservancy, told attendees that the organization has an ambitious schedule of events planned this year.

These events, he said, include an outdoor movie series debuting with the movie Frozen, a weekly Eats and Arts Festival that would take place on the waterfront on Fridays (in summer), a music series, yoga and other family-based events featuring several local businesses.

The Conservancy, Basch said, is also working with the Mayor’s office to install WIFI in the park and is working on a proposal for a seasonal ice skating rink in the park next winter.

The Conservancy was also presented with a $15,000 check from LIC Landing—the cafe/restaurant located in Hunters Point South Park.

LIC Landing donates a percentage of its revenue to the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy. This money is used for events and park maintenance.

The Conservancy also honored its long-time past President and one of its founders, Bill Bylewski, who passed away last week.

Bylewski, Basch said, was an early champion of the parks in Hunters Point and worked tirelessly to make the parks and the community a better place.



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