Opening the Schoolyard Gates: Reclaiming Urban Community Space

Opening the Schoolyard Gates: Reclaiming Urban Community Space As part of PlaNYC 2030, Mayor Bloomberg has proposed opening 290 city schoolyards to the public during non-school hours. Reclaiming urban community space can strengthen families and neighborhoods, but it's never as easy as "throwing open the gates." What should the city do to ensure that these spaces benefit communities, families, and children?

Speakers: Hon. Gale Brewer, New York City Council Member Rose Harvey, Senior Vice President and Regional Director, The Trust for Public Land Mid-Atlantic Region John Kixmiller, Co-director, Neighborhood Center, a project of the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park Angela Sung, Deputy Chief of Staff to Daniel E. Doctoroff, NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding and others

Moderator: Andrew White, Director, Center for New York City Affairs

Download the report A Schoolyard in Brooklyn: Strengthening Families and Communities Through the Innovative Use of Public Space.

The report and forum are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Child Welfare Fund, the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation, the Milano Foundation and the Sirus Fund.