Drive-in movies, dance bands, cooking classes, outdoor fitness classes, beer ping pong and mini-golf are just some of the awesome ideas that were offered up and discussed at this evening’s focus group, convened by Riverdale Park Station (RPS) to get the community’s input on possible upcoming programming and activities. (Another focus group is meeting tomorrow. Details here.)
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Now – this doesn’t mean that these things are necessarily, definitely going to happen. But given that RPS has partnered with Biederman Redevelopment Ventures to guide its programing, my hopes are purdy high. Why? Because Daniel Biederman and his crew know a thing or two about programming for public spaces; Biederman was the force behind turning NYC’s Bryant Park the lively, vibrant, awesome park it is today, full of life and programs that this former Manhattanite used to frequent ( & ❤). While RPS is not Bryant Park, it’s exciting to have a team with this successful track record working to bring cool, new programs for our local communities to enjoy.
|Coming Soon: More fun programs like RPS’s Carnival last weekend!|
Speaking of, here are some of the ideas that were floated as possible events to host at Riverdale Park Station: Music program (a cappella groups, accordion players, string quartets); Arts and crafts classes/demos; Reading Room; Author Readings; Chess/Checkers tables; Carousel; Lawn Games; Outdoor fitness; Square Dancing; Art & Holiday Markets; Photography Classes; Historic Walking Tours & more!
They noted that these programs would (for the most part) be free and all planned with the goal of making RPS both a community center and a place where you do your shopping. They also noted that they would be mindful of programming events that do not compete with local small businesses.
As a former aging policy advocate, I put in a plug for them to reach out to the various local aging-in-place groups (like Hyattsville’s Aging in Place and University Park’s Helping Hands UP to encourage the inclusion of programs that will check off boxes for folks of all ages.
So – what say you? What programs or events would you like to see at RPS? Share in comments below!