Every day on his walk to work, Joshua Richholt sees the neglected state of North Brooklyn’s Ten Eyck Playground, which is located across the street from his soon-to-be-opened bar and music venue The Well and The Wick. Now Richholt and his business partner Shay Vishwadia are trying to reinvigorate the playground with the help of community members.
“It looked like there wasn’t a lot of attention being paid to it, and I wanted to do something about that,” Richholt told the Gazette. “Be the squeaky wheel and get some money brought in for it.”
To do that, he’s organizing a fundraiser for Ten Eyck Playground on May 30th and 31st. The fundraiser will have art and music components, which he hopes will bring attention to the neglected space. Because the park abuts a school, Richholt thinks many residents aren’t aware it’s even open to them.
“Part of what we want to do is raise awareness and make sure people know it’s a city park they can use,” he said.
The events will start on May 30th with a cleanup day, during which volunteers will pick up trash, repaint benches and hopefully plant some trees. “We’ll give the park a bit of a facelift,” Richholt said.
The fundraiser is on Saturday, May 31st, and will include street muralists from around the world teaming up with grade school students involved in art programs to paint murals along one of the walls that borders the park. Later in the afternoon, participants can enjoy a few speeches and the sounds of a few yet-to-be-named musical acts.
Those who are inspired to donate to the cause will be able to do so at booths set up at the event’s entrance. And residents who can’t make it to the fundraiser will be able to donate online in the coming weeks.
Richholt hopes people will recognize the importance of a vibrant outdoor space in the neighborhood.
“I’m Canadian so I miss outdoor spaces,” he said. “I love the city – it’s my home – but one of the things that’s lacking in this neighborhood particularly is that there’s not a lot of green space.”
Volunteers can meet at the park on May 30 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to lend a hand with the cleanup. Find more information on the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/friendsofteneyck.