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On the eve of a rally to save the Tompkins Square Park multipurpose courts from a future of synthetic turf, Parks officials have announced that they will no longer move forward with their plans.
Organizers behind tomorrow's rally posted the news on Instagram...
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WE WON. The city called and announced they are NOT going to install AstroTurf at Tompkins. It’s not a coincidence they made the decision the day before the rally. We organized, made our voices heard, and made a difference. TF IS HERE TO STAY! Big thanks to @quartersnacks @stevernyc @carlinalrivera @supremenewyork @hardbody.nyc Everyone still come out tomorrow! It’s a celebration! Not a protest! I could cry right now 😅✊
As we reported on July 2, the city had plans — apparently only known to residents who may have attended a Community Board committee meeting in May — to cover the courts with synthetic turf, rendering the space useless for skateboarders and street hockey players, among other groups.
The turf project, happening at several area parks, is a result of the city's flood-protection plan that will close East River Park next March for 3.5-plus years. The city needs to find space for the sports teams and youth leagues who use the fields along East River Park.
More than 32,000 people had signed the petition — titled "Save Tompkins Square asphalt!" — since early July.
Instead of a rally tomorrow, the skateboarders are now planning a celebration.
Previously on EV Grieve:
• No winners yet in Tompkins Square Park synthetic turf battle (Aug. 27)
• Petition to 'Save Tompkins Square asphalt!' closing in on 19,000 signatures (July 8)
• Skateboarders upset over plan to add synthetic turf to the northwest corner of Tompkins Square Park (July 2)