Saturday, October 19, 2013 the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center hosted a community health walk around the neighborhood and Crotona Park.
It started 9:30 in the morning, supplying the supporters with a light breakfast and ended at 12 noon with a delicious lunch.
Even though it was staged as a health walk, it was more than that. It was a community gathering and information session. Before we set out to walk, the director of the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center, Heidi Hynes, welcomed the sponsoring organizations that came to support the Mary Mitchell:
- Mothers on the Move
- University Neighborhood Housing Program
- the POINT
- Concourse House
- Mt. Hope Housing Co.
- Isis Community Circle
- Bronx Health Reach
- Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition
- Montefiore CATCH Program
- BLK Projek
- Fordham University Dorothy Day Center
- La Familia Verde
- Green Worker Cooperatives
- TANIMA Dance
Together as a community we marched around the neighborhood chanting songs and holding signs promoting fair economy,physical activity, access to fresh food, school health, good housing, a clean environment and individual wellness.
Last weekend at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church there was a party. The neighborhood got together with the members of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition to celebrate the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory.
A few weeks back, the members of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition,the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance (KARA), and the Mary Mitchell Center had a small historic demonstration outside of the The Kingsbridge Armory, also known as the Eighth Regiment Armory.
The Armory which is located on West Kingsbridge Road in the Bronx was built in the 1910s and is possibly the largest armory in the world.
The demonstration was a celebration. The Armony which was closed to the community since 1996, is scheduled to reopen due to the redevelopment proposals announced last year.
The Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) includes:
- More than 50,00o square feet of community space
- 9 year round indoor ice rinks
- 1 Million to sponsor local children’s ice time
- 100% Living wage jobs and 51% local targeted hiring for local residents
- mentoring and after-school programs
- a small business incubator and opportunities for minority own businesses
The community seemed excited for the reopening of the armory but not too many seemed that excited about it becoming an ice-rink. I do not think many Bronx residents are New York Ranger fans. When Mark Messir, who is pictured here, was announced to the platform, not to many people knew that he was a former professional ice hockey player (myself included).
Nevertheless, I don’t think that matters. I think what matters the most is through the Armory, many will be introduced to new and different sports, many will be able to support themselves and their families with jobs and more children will have places to go after school. Dreams will be made and goals will be reached.
Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter, the Past President/Co-Founder KARA Coalition at Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition opens up the Kingsbridge Armory rally/ celebration.