February 2016 e-News
Friends of Hudson River Park has embarked on a Capital Campaign to completely restore and reimagine Chelsea Waterside Play Area, which has fallen into disrepair after almost 15 years of rigorous and enthusiastic use. The cherished, public resource has always been a primary destination for families and neighborhood students, and this exciting project will reinvigorate the area for many years to come. 
Involving the community is a critical step in the process. On January 25, Friends hosted a Design Charrette  at Hudson Guild to   gain feedback about the Play Area and its potential improvements from children and families in attendance. 

At this informative session, landscape architect Signe Nielsen from the award-winning design firm Mathews Nielsen asked community members to communicate their needs while inviting them to guide the vision for the new playground. Many dynamic ideas were shared and discussed ranging from off-season use to distinct zones for particular age groups.

Friends of Hudson River Park is also conducting an In-Park and Online Survey for active users of Chelsea Waterside Play Area.  As we compile responses, the survey results overwhelmingly show frequent use and a great affection for this playground.  Nearly 75% of respondents have rated safety and fun among the most crucial components, and 65% singled out water play as extremely important. Pointing to desired improvements, new equipment has ranked as the most requested change with additional shaded areas coming in a close second.
The Chelsea Waterside Play Area Capital Campaign kicked off publicly at the Friends of Hudson River Park Inaugural Playground Committee Luncheon on Friday, January 29.  Over $50,000 was raised for the Chelsea Waterside Play Area through the silent auction at the event.

NYC Council Member Corey Johnson, who is allocating $820,000 of our goal from the City Council for the project, spoke at the sold-out fundraising event on the need for these capital improvements. Campaign Co-chair Greg Wasserman also announced a leading gift from the Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, which has generously agreed to match remaining donations up to $150,000 until March 31, 2016. Other elected officials, such as Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried and State Senator Brad Hoylman, joined the exceptional group of supportive parents and community leaders at the Luncheon.
Friends of Hudson River Park would like to extend our sincere thanks to all who have donated to the Capital Campaign. We are well on our way, but still need your help!

Please join us and lend your support by making a direct donation to ensure our neighborhood children the continued recreational and developmental benefits of this invaluable outdoor resource. Don't forget - all pledges made by March 31, 2016 will be matched by The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation up to $150,000.
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Feel free to download the Chelsea Waterside Play Area Capital Campaign Brochure to share with friends and colleagues. 
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