LESPI'S PETITION TO SAVE THE EAST RIVER PARK'S HISTORIC BUILDINGS
Please Sign Our Petition to Save the East River Park's Track House and Tennis Center Comfort Station!
Rendering of restored Track House by Davies Toews Architecture.
We petition the City Administration to save, restore and renovate the East River Park's beautiful, Art Deco style Track House and Tennis Center Comfort Station, instead of demolishing the buildings under the East Side Coastal Resiliency project.
Built in 1938, the buildings have been determined to be eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places, for both their unique architectural distinction and historic importance. They are the last two remaining structures in an original ensemble of five buildings within the park, and are the only park buildings within the Lower East Side with design motifs that specifically refer to the area's history, in this case its rich maritime past.
Based on preliminary architectural assessments, saving and renovating the Track House and Tennis Center Comfort Station would not be unduly difficult from a cost, scheduling or structural engineering standpoint, or interfere with the current plans to rebuild the park for flood protection. Restoration would be a very small part of a very large ESCR project.
The buildings can be readily moved and enlarged to meet the park’s current needs. Interiors can be completely modernized including brand new bathrooms and other interior facilities that meet all Parks Department standards. And, in light of global warming and its effect on the Lower East Side, keeping these buildings and restoring them would be a much greener solution than demolishing them and rebuilding new.
We urge the City to save these unique and historic buildings, for the benefit of the new East River Park and the Lower East Side community!
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