Waterfront Alliance Hosts Puppet Show For Local Schools
As the morning unfolded on Tuesday, September 18, the boardwalk was filled with hundreds of smiling faces of children making their way to a puppet show organized by the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. Students from PS 43 and PS 106 walked the single block to see the puppet show performed by the puppeteers from Central Parks Marionette Theatre off the beach on the Parks Department property at Beach 29 Street. The Parks Department is presently in the planning process to design a park space here and Tuesday's performance showed just how many students could utilize a space like that on a daily basis. The park space is one of only eight locations in all of NYC, supported by Mayor Bloomberg's PLANYC 2030 initiative. More than 1,000 children attended the two performances Tuesday, hosted by the City Parks Foundation, Independence Community Foundation, and the NYC Department of Parks. "The fact that ALL of these children walked to this site is critical in support of the Mayor's strategy to have park spaces every 20 blocks and to promote public space accessible on foot and to public transit. Our hope is that performances like this will help to inform Parks as to how to best plan the park at Beach 29 Street with considerations made to create a design that can accommodate the needs of the Rockaway community itself", said Jeanne DuPont, Director of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.