In conjunction with “I Love My Park Day” the group held a flag ceremony at the East River State Park with local community leaders and elected officials, such as Assemblyman Joe Lentol and District Leader Lincoln Restler.
“I thought it was an incredible opportunity to make a difference in an open space that means so much to everyone,” said FERSP Chair Jackie Meyer.
Meyer, who moved to Williamsburg from the East Village three and a half years ago, began thinking about forming the group over a year ago. Living across from the park, she said she hopes the group will attract the involvement of people that use the park.
So far, she said, the community's engagement in the idea and the reception toward her is a welcome one.
“It's been great, we want to gauge everyone,” she said. “So many people in the community encouraged me to go ahead and do this.”
The group currently has between 12 and 20 active members, and they are focusing their efforts on fundraising.
The group recently landed a fiscal agent, the National Heritage Trust. All income accepted by NHT will go into a pocket for the friends group, and will then go toward the park.
Meyer said she is working on a launch party, which the community will be invited and encouraged to attend, as well as a fall festival in the park.
The friends group also plans to work in conjunction with other neighborhood groups on hosting events, one such event being Summer Stars, which Meyer hopes to bring back to the park this year with Town Square, Inc.
“I'm really excited,” she said.