east river park, delancey

With the massif East Coast Coastal Resilience Project ongoing, the city last week announced additional funding to preserve the East River Park Amphitheater and enable the Lower East Side Ecological Center to keep your compost footprint inside the park.

City officials announced the injection of funds to save the eroded shell – erected in 1941 – during Community Council 3’s parks subcommittee last Thursday. The $ 4.83 million budgeted for preservation will be used to install a new roofing system on the current structure.

At the meeting, encouraging news was also announced that the Lower East Side Ecology Center may continue its composting activities on the grounds of the park. Over the past eighteen months, the local nonprofit has faced the impending crowding out of compost in favor of playgrounds and has rushed to find replacement space. Not anymore. (The association will be headquartered in Seward Park for the duration of the project.)

LESEC compost yard, Photo: Harriet Hirshorn

Public improvements are part of a much larger $ 140 million budget investment which will see the construction of bathrooms at the Murphy Brothers Playground ($ 5.8 million) and a “flying bridge” that spans the Manhattan Greenway’s “pinch point” area as it passes 14th Street along the East River.

“Our goal is to build resilience in the most responsive way possible,” said Mitch Schwartz, deputy press secretary in the mayor’s office, in a statement to NY1 Friday. “We have heard from the community and are very happy to be able to add even more benefits as construction continues.