How do you implement a community-responsive system to increase access to public space? That’s what Bethany Hogan, NYRP’s director of government affairs, set out to explain last month at the “walk bike places” conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. “The approach, like everything we do, is about meeting people where they are and using new projects as an opportunity to showcase community members,” she said.
Hogan spoke on a panel titled “How East Harlem does Community-Driven Wayfinding” that included representatives from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the NYC Department of Transportation. Each speaker reflected on their organization's work to promote access to green spaces in East Harlem. Hogan gave an overview of NYRP's highly popular "You + Park" campaign delivered throughout 2018 and the exciting collaborations NYRP has been able to drive between itself, government agencies, and community leaders to advance connectivity in the neighborhoods NYRP serves.