Goodhue Park, New York City's Newest, Now Open for Staten Islanders
The Children’s Aid Society and the NYC Parks Department have been in long-term negotiations for the sale of 38 acres from the Goodhue campus for use as a city park, which will ultimately allow the unused land at our Staten Island center to be preserved for public enjoyment. This move will also help Children’s Aid invest more deeply in its services for children and families in Staten Island and elsewhere across the city.
The sale of the first portion of the land was the subject of a recent press conference and a subsequent story in the Staten Island Advance.
Our investment in Staten Island comes as the community continues to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. Children’s Aid has been providing ongoing emergency support to children and families and has also opened several new programs and sites.
Last October, we began operation of the Richmond Early Childhood Center, our first early childhood program in Staten Island. We also opened the Staten Island Family Center, which provides foster care services to hundreds of children and families in the area. In addition, we are partnering with Curtis High School to create a community school that will feature a school-based health center. Curtis currently serves more than 3,000 students living in the low-income area of North Shore, and has been receiving assistance from our National Center for Community Schools over the past few years.
Our work in Staten Island will move us closer to realizing our vision of helping New York City children become the educated, healthy and confident adults that we want them to be.