Friends of Columbus Park is a not for profit 501(c)3 organization based in NY Chinatown, Manhattan.
We are a community based organization that consist of friends, & organizations that care and support our mission. We are all volunteers with no paid staff.
Advocating for safe & clean Columbus Park is just the first of our missions. In 2002, Columbus
Park because of its location & status in our community needed to be addressed because of the
deplorable decaying conditions of the Pavilion, ball field and park facilities.
In 2004, money was raised to restore the Columbus Park Pavilion. In 2005, thanks to Joseph Temeczkos
($1.1 Million) donation the Columbus Park ball-field has been upgraded with basketball, volleyball courts
and a synthetic grass field.
These projects are just the first steps in revitalizing Columbus Park.
Parks in NY Chinatown have been ignored by the City
of NY for a very long time. We cannot rely on the City of
NY, nor our elected officials to maintain our open
Budget cuts will continue to affect our parks. In most cases, money for parks will go to the richer neighborhoods of
NYC and as always inner city parks will be neglected.
It is up to you to get involved and help make a difference in the quality of life here in NY Chinatown
starting with our parks & open spaces.
President . Paul Gong
Co-Founder of Friends of Columbus Park
Co-Founder of Asian American Youth Center
Vice President Sunny Moy
President & Co-founder of Asian American Youth Center in NY Chinatown
Treasurer Susan Young
Director of McGraw Hill - APEX (Asian Professionals for Excellence)
Secretary . Ms. Tran
HOW IT ALL BEGAN?
WHAT HAVE WE DONE?
Why is the Pavilion SO IMPORTANT?
The Pavilion is so important because of WHAT IT CAN BECOME? Many of us can only imagine the Pavilion being used by the community. Its been closed for so long. Our vision is to have the Pavilion available for community use. Allowing us to all share in the benefit of having a building in the park in the heart of NY Chinatown. Providing an open place for public town meetings, year round structured activity, a centralized place to gather and disperse community & public information and providing a cornerstone for tourist and visitors to come visit. The Pavilion will force NY Chinatown to work together. Encouraging community organizations to become partners in providing family members open space and recreational activity. Providing a great benefit to NY Chinatown.
Our kids & seniors have no place to go: There are just not enough youth/recreational facilities for our neighborhood kids & seniors. Because NY Chinatown does not have a Youth/Community Center, neighborhood parks and schools have long been used as places where kids and seniors congregate to meet, play, and organize. Our After School programs are constantly being cut, renting of school gyms for recreational sports are costly and our parks cannot be used during the Winter season and bad weather.
A VISION for the PAVILION
Columbus Park Pavilion: Can be transformed into a community center, which can serve youth, seniors and the general public. Can be used by social service agencies, neighborhood schools, youth & senior organizations, city agencies, cultural groups, etc.. Such a center will make a big difference in the quality of life in our community and our parks. It can become the headquarters for the public use of Columbus Park.
Activities such as:
Ψ Movies, Shows and Performances
Ψ Educational Workshops on such topics as:
1. Chinese in America
2. History of NY Chinatown, Columbus Park, Little Italy, our neighborhood
3. Chinese Medicine, Herbs
4. Cultural Dance, Art, Martial arts
5. Asian Myths & Stories, Holidays
6. Languages & Dialects
8. Business Development
9. Immigration, Housing, Vocational
11. Neighborhood Social issues
12. City & neighborhood Politics
Ψ Information Center
1. Employment Opportunities
2. School Admissions (HS & College)
3. Small Business Tips
4. Neighborhood Activities
Ψ Youth & Senior Activities
1. Chess/Ping Pong Recreation &Tournaments
2. Recreational Card Playing
3. Food/Social/Health/Business Fairs
4. Indoor Carnival activities
5. Educational Classes & Workshops
6. Indoor Exercise activities
7. Organized Neighborhood Team Sport Clinics & Tourneys
8. Organized Dance Classes and Shows
Ψ Regular Town Hall Meetings on issues that effect our community
We need your help to Accomplish Our Vision for the Pavilion!
Our Success Depends on the following:
Ψ Enclose the upper loggia of the Pavilion
Ψ Provide Heating and Air-Conditioning to the upper loggia
Ψ Have the pavilion accessible for community use day, evening and weekend hours
Ψ Allow for co-management (Community & NYC Parks) of the Pavilion
Ψ Have a Pavilion that is ACTIVE, CLEAN, MAINTAINED, & OPEN by making it available for community use.
Ψ Get Funding to market Columbus Park as a valued community resource, run park activities and keeping the park maintained, healthy, active for all.
Columbus Park: Columbus Park is the number one park serving the NY Chinatown community. Activities range from seniors exercising, to kids playing basketball and soccer. Workers from around the neighborhood use the park to play football and baseball. Our churches use the park daily for outdoor activity. Social Service agencies use the park to hold events to distribute important information to our community. Groups use the park to have carnivals for kids, sporting tournaments and to promote better business. No one will dispute that Columbus Park is one of the most active parks in NYC.
Your support & involvement in Columbus Park is IMPORTANT:
Current NYC Parks personnel are not bi-lingual they cannot communicate properly with our neighborhood residents that use the park. Often there is miss-communication and sometimes confrontations, signage are only in English and our residents often do not understand the rules of the park. Friends of Columbus Park can provide the NYC Parks Department & the City of NY an organization that can bridge that communication gap and also provide the needed understanding necessary for a healthy park environment.