September 2021 update
Updated: Nov 17, 2021
Thank you to everyone who has generously donated to our campaign. Our fight to save Dwight’s only public playground continues. We have a few updates to share:
Fall Event in Kensington Playground:
Due to rain, we have postponed our event to Sunday, October 31, from 1-4 pm. We will be hosting a festive Halloween event in Kensington Playground on Sunday, October 31 from 1-4 p.m. We’ll have free food, music, treats, and cider. There will also be free pumpkin decorating and other fun activities for kids. Costumes encouraged. Please wear a mask.
Failure to inform the Dwight community of a project change:
In September, the New Haven City Plan sent us a “Notice of a Project Change” to Kensington Square Phase II Rehabilitation and New Construction. The letter states that The Community Builders (TCB) would like to separate the Kensington Square Phase II project into two separate projects, so that TCB can proceed with renovating existing units while the lawsuit holds up the new construction on Kensington Playground.
We were notified about this change because we exercised our right as citizens under federal law to be a consulting party. We will continue to ask that the City be transparent and provide everyone in the neighborhood with an adequate public process. Once again, the City has not created a public process so citizens can understand the implications and express an opinion.
We support affordable housing–just not on our park.
You can read the New Haven City Plan letter here:
And our FOKP response here:
Park Proposal Resolution:
The Dwight Community and East Shore (Morris Cove) Community Management Teams have endorsed our park proposal, joining 6 other Community Management Teams that have already done so. The proposal asks the Park Commission to adopt a policy to never give up the only public park in a neighborhood, and to always have at least one playground per neighborhood with a playscape and splash pad or water element, and a park with mature trees to provide respite from summer heat. (Thank you!)
Thank you, again, to all of you who have donated to our campaign. The lawyers continue to file procedural motions. Our lawsuit continues. The next court date has not been set. As the legal activity continues, so do our legal bills. We would be grateful for contributions in any amount.
Protecting Dwight’s only playground from sale and development is costly, even though we have done as much of the work as possible ourselves. Please be as generous as you can. Don’t let the City take this playground for $1 with an illegal process. Take a stand for democracy. Fight environmental injustice. Require our City, State and federal governments to follow the law.