Why A Park

Our Neighborhood Lacks Green Space:

Our Chelsea neighborhood has too few parks. Out of Manhattan’s 12 districts, CD3 ranks last for parks within a quarter-mile of residents and open space as a % of district square footage. The last new interior playground built in Chelsea was over 40 years ago, despite a massive increase in residential density since.

We Have Just the Location for a Park:

Friends of 20th Street Park is working to redevelop a vacant City lot on W 20th St, between 6th and 7th Ave, into a 10,000-sq-ft pocket park. History: In the late 1800’s – early 1900’s, 140 W. 20th Street was actually the site of a local NYC Public School,P.S. 55. Help bring this green space full circle and provide vital recreational space for Chelsea’s neighborhood children once again!

We Have the Support:

4,000 Chelsea residents and growing as well as key community groups, including: Council of Chelsea Block AssociationsNew Yorkers For ParksSave ChelseaFlatiron Alliance, NYC Park Advocates and scores of area businesses and schools are all supporters of 20th Street Park.

We Have the Opportunity of a Lifetime

This lot is unique. It is unused and already owned by the City. Learn what it will take to make this park a reality.

Visualize it!

Architecture and Urban Planning company, FIRM a.d., conducted a powerful case study that demonstrates the need for this open space. Read more about their study HERE and IMAGINE YOUR PARK in three exciting concepts below: