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!
Photo by Nathanael Boehm (cc).