With the Riverwalk development no longer a threat, The Stuyvesant Cove Park Association, Inc. (SCPA) was established. With a mission “to support the development of a park along the East River and to attract people to the waterfront for education and entertainment”, the SCPA helped carry the success of CUAR through the next phase and beyond.
Stuyvesant Cove Park, stretching from 18th to 23rd Streets along the East River, was dedicated in June 2003 with financing from state, city and federal sources. Today it stands as a testament to the strength of community and the power of commitment.
FULFILLING THE MISSION
The SCPA is committed to bringing people of all ages to the park and presents free programming open to all during the summer season. The SCPA has also provided financial support to Solar 1, the organization contracted to manage and maintain the park. This support has included the purchase of top soil to replace the widespread erosion in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, fencing to protect the plant beds restored after the storm, mulch for the gardens and Fibar, a special material which allows accessibility according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Beginning in 2016, the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association will pay a fee to Solar 1 for each SCPA hosted event held at the park. This fee will help support park maintenance and beautification as well as other Solar 1 programs.
The Board of Directors of The Stuyvesant Cove Park Association are all volunteers:
Martin J. Barrett, President
Gary Papush, Vice President
Arnold S. Lehman, Esq., Secretary
Jo-Ann M. Polise, Treasurer
Charles G. Sturcken
Joy Garland, Executive Director Emeritus