Please keep 20+ years of neighborhood hockey going in Greenwich Village.
  • Petitioned Christine Quinn

This petition was delivered to:

The New York City Council, Speaker
Christine Quinn
City of New York Parks & Recreation, COO
Nam Yoon
City of New York Parks & Recreation
Liam Kavanaugh
City of New York Parks & Recreation
Ralph Musolino
New York City Community Board No.2
Bob Gormley

Please keep 20+ years of neighborhood hockey going in Greenwich Village.

    1. Patrick Brooks
    2. Petition by

      Patrick Brooks

      New York, United States

The weekly neighborhood Roller hockey games at William Passannante Ballfield have been a fixture in Greenwich Village for over 20 years. It is completely free and open, and attracts players from all walks of life: downtown bankers, inner city children, doctors, musicians, hair dressers, lifelong New Yorkers and recent immigrants. It is a wonderful Village tradition, but is now in jeopardy because of a campaign waged by a single downtown resident. Please don’t allow this lone voice to drown out the voices of the hundreds of positive interactions the game has created and the 20 years of positive impact on the neighborhood.

Top 10 reasons to keep open hockey in Greenwich Village.

• It is a neighborhood game and is the only game of its kind in the city. It’s completely open, free and anyone can join

• In all of those years, there have been no reports of injuries or property damage

• Players have been excellent neighbors, cleaning the park after each use, purchasing special boards for safety, shoveling snow in the winter

• It brings together people from all different backgrounds, which is what NYC is all about and why the Village, in particular, is so cool

• Players sponsor charity games for at-risk inner city youth and have raised $15K in the past year alone

• Virtually no complaints have ever been brought to the attention of players. Whenever there have been issues, we’ve addressed them immediately. In fact, the only reason the Parks Dept has received any complaints recently is not because of any organic groundswell of community opinion, but is the results of a campaign by a lone, disgruntled resident

• The space is virtually empty most of the year and is completely empty from mid-October to mid-March due to the weather. In a city where space is at such a premium, it would be a complete waste and tragedy to have this wonderful Park go unused

• There are no other comparable venues to move to (nor should we have to). It is a fenced-in space, which goes unused most of the year, and there are no grounds for discrimination against hockey players when the Parks Dept grants exclusive use of the space to other groups, including touch football, ultimate Frisbee, softball, among others.

• We are only asking for 3 hours, twice per week. There is plenty of time and space for everyone to enjoy the park!

Let’s work together to find a solution and keep this hockey traditional alive in Greenwich Village. The hockey games are inclusive to all members of our community and anyone willing can join the game.  We will continue to make every effort to comply with the Parks & Recreation Department’s guidelines for Use of Field and Court Space, and the Rules of the City of New York Parks & Recreation. We invite you to visit one of our games to see how we respectfully contribute to the cityscape. As proud and caring members of our community, we feel that the campaign of a single complainant should not be allowed to shut out hockey players from a park which allows multiple uses.  During our charity tournament this year, over 600 spectators signed a petition to continue allowing hockey games on the court. It would be a shame for the neighborhood to lose this unique and beloved tradition which fosters inclusiveness, teamwork and community spirit.  

 

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    1. Making Progress

      Patrick Brooks
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks all, we've got more than 1000 signatures! Our group also had a productive meeting with the Parks Department today and hope to move toward a resolution soon. Your support has already made a huge difference!

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Incredible Growth

      Patrick Brooks
      Petition Organizer

      I just wanted to thank everyone again. We're currently at 570 supporters in just a matter of days! We'll keep at it until we get our game back!

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. Big Names and Big Numbers

      Patrick Brooks
      Petition Organizer

      Hockey Legend Barry Melrose has joined our cause and Mike Myers has given us a retweet! And in days we're at 370 supporters. Keep sharing people!

    6. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Joe O'Brien BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Huge hockey fan. After recently moving to the city, I tried to find places to play and this was a gold mine. I figured that it would be tough to find players to get together and enjoy a pick-up game, but I heard about this weekly, relatively organized game. It's fun to play, and people actually stop to watch because the players tend to be pretty good and they understand the value of old-school neighborhood hockey (we even use garbage cans for goals, old-school Mighty Ducks style! We're sure to clean up afterwards, of course...). Anyway, I've played in this game several times and am disappointed, after a few weeks off from not being able to attend, that I can't now go back and play when I can make it there. Surely, something can be done to accommodate all paries?

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    • Joe O'Brien BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Oh, and another thing. I don't know if this is still the case, but as recently as a year ago (this game has been active for 20+ years), Tim Robbins occasionally plays in this game. I have not yet personally had the pleasure - for those that don't know him, he's an Academy Award winning actor, probably most famous for his role as Andy Dufresne alongside Morgan Freeman in "Shawshank Redemption" - but would kill for an opportunity to play with that man. Most people probably wouldn't recognize him on the hockey rink, but for those who would, who can dispute the communal value of watching an Academy Award winning actor play a little puck on a sun-filled Saturday?

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    • Joe O'Brien BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      I happened to begin playing this game just a short time before it was banned. In my short tenure as a player in the game, I witnessed this complainant raise the issue of safety, which is more than fair. In response, we subsequently made a very real effort not to shoot any pucks in the direction of the children that were playing in another section of the park (as is only reasonable); from what I've seen, this group has made every effort to be accommodating to all parties. While a few pucks can stray toward other people, with efforts to maintain safety this normally involves a rolling puck that happens to roll in the direction of those people and is never in the form of a slapshot or any other shot/pass which is aimed in the direction of those people. Safety is virtually never an issue, unless you're talking about one of the players falling or being hit with a puck in the shins (because stupidly many don't wear shin guards, but they more than understand this risk going in and, let's face it, they're hockey players so they can take a little shot to the leg). It's a staple of NYC and is the only game around that I've found which maintains its old-school feel (outdoor park hockey with garbage cans as goals!). And not only is it a tradition that most people understand, but in my only 2 or 3 times playing in the game, I've seen countless people of diverse backgrounds (elderly folks, skateboarder dudes, etc.) actually stop their sunny-day walks to spend a few minutes watching, asking questions about the game, etc. I say, Let the boys play!!

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    • Kenton Kim NEW YORK, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      13 year old who plays there every chance he gets.

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      • over 1 year ago

      Because hockey will keep kids healthy in shape.

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