See description above. My idea is to install railings on the staircases leading up to the top of Lookout Hill in Prospect Park. As I said, the steps are broken and steep, and it is dangerous for seniors and other infirm people (even children) to mount those stairs without railings. I am a birder and have enjoyed birding in the park and on the hill for over 30 years, but now I’m afraid to climb those stairs. There is a path going up to the hill, but it is not always convenient to use it, since it is long and on the other side of the hill. The southwest staircase is particularly steep. The park has restored one staircase near the Maryland Monument, but it doesn’t have a railing although it is not as steep as the other staircases. The best outcome would be to restore the stairs and add railings, but my immediate wish would be to at least install railings. They may not fit the rustic look, but it is a safety issue. Thank you. Maude Brown
In 9 street park slope
To turn the triangular dirt patch next to 5th street playground and Fort Hamilton F/G station into a dog run. (On Fort Hamilton Parkway and East 5th street). Currently, this space is a dirt patch that serves as an unofficial dog run- but only because there is no where else to bring your pooch in Kensington/ Windsor Terrace, lest you hike over to Prospect Park. Turn this unofficial dog run into an official one- maybe grass or mulch instead of dirt that gets kicked up and causes dirty dogs and owners. Maybe a bench or two for owners to sit on, a doggie water fountain, a biodegradable bag dispenser for pick up bags, some plants/bushes, a gate that is easier to open and close when trying to enter/leave without letting all the dogs out.
After school program/ class for 7th and/or 8th graders in the district to guide them through the NYC high school application process. For students who don’t have access to support/ resources already (parents who work full time, low income family, parents who don’t speak English, English-language learners, undocumented families, underrepresented ethnic/racial groups in the specialized high schools…)
Maybe run out of a library in the district- Windsor Terrace? Borough Park? Kensington? After school once a week. Programming could include:
-education about high school process, how it works
-alumni/ current high school students in NYC give information sessions about their schools
-tutoring and prep for high school entrance exams, essays, interview prep, interview clothing to borrow
-field trips to high school open houses/ tours
-resources like guide books/ test prep books
Could be volunteer run or staff hired. Would be geared towards middle schoolers who live in the district and are applying to public NYC high schools, and who match the description listed above.
Budget for lower-rating high schools in the district, like John Jay Secondary School for Journalism, that helps them with resources for students, programming for students, to hire more teachers and faculty…