LES Ecology Center to Headquarter in Seward Park During East Side Resilience Project
With the fate of East River Park all but sealed in the face of the $1.45 billion coastal resilience project, the Lower East Side Ecology Center hangs in the balance. But an historic local park is coming to the rescue.
Seward Park, the first municipal park in the country, is stepping up to host the environmental nonprofit.
The original park house, which received a new roof and facelift in 2016, will be further rehabilitated, and serve as temporary headquarters for the local organization. The refurbishment is largely cosmetic – a thorough cleaning, coat of paint, and repairs to the windows.
The Seward Park Conservancy lobbied the Parks Department to take on the project.
The Ecology Center will remain here for the duration of the East Side Coastal Resilience project, slated to last at least five years. It’ll offer “new hands-on educational programming for children to Seward Park in 2021,” according to a press release from the Seward Park Conservancy.