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Make the Road New York Wins $10 Million for Queens Community Park

Congratulations to our partners at Make the Road New York for their victory in the fight for green space. As a direct result of MRNY’s campaign against the privatization of public space, the US Tennis Association (USTA) committed $10 million to improving Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, which has long been an overcrowded and poorly maintained public space. The investment will be committed to park maintenance and programming with direct input by nearby residents.

While the USTA will expand their presence at the community park, the New York Times reports that the organization also agreed to “create an annual job fair for Queens residents and try to help local businesses benefit from the [US Open Tournament]. It will also help develop programs, like a community festival during the Open and low-cost tennis coaching for area families.”

We commend Make the Road New York for expanding access to green space for working class and low income-New Yorkers. Well done!