The City Council’s Committee on Park and Recreation met yesterday to consider opening up ten historically significant sites across the city to the public.
The areas discussed were Hart Island, North Brother Island, the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch at Grand Army Plaza, the Croton Aqueduct, the New York State Pavilion in Queens, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Riverside Park, the Washington Square Arch, the High Bridge Water Tower and the 119th Street Gatehouse.
Supporters of opening the sites included Open House New York, which lets the public explore off-limits locations around the city at an annual weekend event. The Parks Department was reportedly receptive to the idea, but worried they may not have the resources to oversee the areas, many of which are in a state of disrepair.
The next step in the process is for the Council to decide whether they want the Parks Department to officially pursue cost estimates or pilot programs tied to opening the sites.