Unlock Ruppert Playground and give it back to New York City!
  • Petitioned Stephen M. Ross

This petition was delivered to:

CEO of Related Companies
Stephen M. Ross
President of Related Companies
Jeff T. Blau

Unlock Ruppert Playground and give it back to New York City!

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For more than 25 years, Ruppert Playground has served a vital role for residents of Community Board 8, which is New York City's most densely populated community and which ranks dead last in publicly accessible recreational space.

The real estate firm Related Companies, which acquired the playground from the city in 1983 as part of an urban renewal plan, has padlocked the entrance to Ruppert Playground and hired private security guards to patrol the area. Related wants tax breaks to continue to keep the park open. If the city fails to meet its demands, neighborhood children will pay the price.

Join us in petitioning the CEO and President of Related Companies to demand that the playground be unlocked immediately and that ownership be restored to the public. Tell Related: Don't punish the children for the sake of your bottom line!

 

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    • Ruth Rogers WOOLWICH, ME
      • almost 3 years ago

      ONLY AFTER THE PLAAY GROUND HAS BEEN MADE COMPLETELY SAFE -- AS A PLAYGROUND. FOR EXAMPLE -- NO TOXIC ITEMS OR RESOURCES ON THE PREMISE, AND NO POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS TOYS, PLAYGROUND EQUIPEMENT. VOLUNTEER MONITORING BY TEACHERS, PARENTS, AND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS.

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    • Anastasia Fiandaca SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Quit being such greedy boors. Let the kids play!

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    • Barbara Tomlinson SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      How UTTERLY SELFISH of LOATHSOME Related Companies. They just want to make a few more measly, greedy bucks OFF THE BACKS OF POOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. TYPICAL American businessmen: NO ETHICS OR MORALS WHATSOEVER. "Greed is GOOD", RIGHT, Related Companies????????????

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    • crystal achey AVONDALE, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      Actually, I think Related may very well have a good point... I'm questioning the methods, considering they probably made a good deal of money on the overall deal. Related, why don't you open up the park on good faith and start a Change.org petition to get the City on your side! Or, if the community wants the park, get them to pay an HOA kind of thing like we have in our neighborhoods in Phoenix.

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    • Taylor Jones BACLIFF, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      Children need a place to get their energy out and to take in outside air. Without exercise/outside play, they gain weight and are at even greater risk of developing illnesses.

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