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Parks and immigrants

The New York Times runs down recent initiatives aimed at making New York City parks more accessible and accommodating to immigrants.  These efforts have been accelerating as a result of the city’s language-access plan and a report from New Yorkers for Parks called Parks for All New Yorkers: Immigrants, Culture and NYC Parks.  The Parks Department has installed over 7000 signs in parks so far in languages including Spanish, Korean, Italian, Chinese, Russian and Haitian Creole, and it has begun an initiative to hire more bilingual and multilingual city parks workers.  The City has also begun addressing demand for sports facilities that accommodate internationally popular sports such as cricket, netball and bocce ball through construction of new facilities, and there has been a trend toward more international cuisine among food vendors, to complement more traditional park snacks like hot dogs and pretzels.

November 3, 2009 Posted by | FKP | , , | Leave a comment